16 / 11 / 2018
In Letting Local Systems Lead, we are calling for action to remove the barriers to effective local system working.
It follows a survey of NHS Confederation members which found that:
- Six in ten leaders (61%) agree that sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and integrated care systems (ICSs) represent the right approach for partnership working between the NHS and local government.
- But the vast majority of respondents considered that only moderate progress (44%) or a little progress (42%) had been made in implementing the system working approach set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View
- When asked what would make a difference, local leaders identified better local partnership working, improved engagement with staff, patients and communities, more effective local governance and a more supportive oversight regime
Based on the findings, and our own analysis of the challenges facing the service, the NHS Confederation is calling for the long-term plan to:
- Make support for effective local leadership and relationships a priority
- Focus attention on the key factors that will allow local improvements to health and social care services
- Shift the focus of regulation from performance management to improvement support
- Support local systems to strengthen ownership in their communities of the long-term plan vision