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Vantage point: get on board with sustainability and transformation plans

Nurse leaders need to help shape the development of integrated health and care delivery.

Nurse leaders need to help shape the development of integrated health and care delivery

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) represent a move away from the purchaser-provider relationship used by the NHS in England to plan its services.

The aim is to bring local health and care leaders, organisations and communities together to develop plans for their communities and to develop a holistic approach to meeting the health and care needs of a whole population, rather than viewing people merely as users of individual services or organisations.

Integrated care is good for patients; if it is done well, it can provide the right care in the right place at the right time and, importantly in the current climate, at the right cost.

Collaboration

Nursing staff already work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, and the new models of care focus on

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Nurse leaders need to help shape the development of integrated health and care delivery

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) represent a move away from the purchaser-provider relationship used by the NHS in England to plan its services.


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The aim is to bring local health and care leaders, organisations and communities together to develop plans for their communities and to develop a holistic approach to meeting the health and care needs of a whole population, rather than viewing people merely as users of individual services or organisations. 

Integrated care is good for patients; if it is done well, it can provide the right care in the right place at the right time and, importantly in the current climate, at the right cost.

Collaboration

Nursing staff already work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, and the new models of care focus on integration to reduce or remove entirely the barriers to joined-up working.

Senior nursing managers and leaders know and understand why and how health and care should be integrated. As chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings argues, they need to be at the heart of the STP process so that full consideration is given to preventing proposals that compromise patient or workforce safety.

Nursing staff in all roles can support STPs to progress from aspiration to reality. But they can do this only if there is full opportunity for nurse leaders and front-line workers to shape the debate around the future of health and care delivery.

With such far-reaching and exciting possibilities, it is appropriate to ask a few questions. Do you know what your STP recommends? Have you been involved? Do you know which nurses contribute to your STP? Do you know who to contact? If not, why not?


About the author

Jane Brookes is ward manager (paediatric medical), Nottingham Children's Hospital, Nottingham. She is also a member of the Nursing Management editorial advisory board

 

 

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