ICS and STP Leader Network

Improving the scrutiny of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships: A guide to good practice

06 / 02 / 2020

This paper is based on discussions with around 70 local government health and care scrutiny chairs, members and officers at the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) Conference in London on 18 July 2019.

The discussions were facilitated by Olivia Butterworth, head of public participation at NHS England and Improvement, and Rory Deighton, regional lead for the NHS Confederation.

The guidance is designed for scrutiny leads and communications and engagement directors within integrated care systems (ICSs) and sustainability transformation partnerships (STPs). Its purpose is to help them understand how they might work more effectively together to produce a relationship that works in the best interests of local partnerships and communities.

The paper covers:

  • The experiences of scrutiny leads and their supporting officers in engaging with ICSs and STPs to date.
  • The steps that ICSs and STPs could take to improve these relationships.
  • The way that the role of health scrutiny might evolve to support the move to whole system partnership thinking. 

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