NHS: Sustainable Development

Department of Health written question – answered at on 24 January 2017.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will issue guidance on whether the winter pressures on the NHS will be taken into account in the development of sustainable transformation plans.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Health Service faces higher demand every winter, and its staff are experienced in advance planning to meet the challenges this brings.

With Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), the NHS and local authorities have come together to develop proposals for health and care in their area over the next few years, helping them to tackle growing demand. With services feeling the strain, collaboration between organisations will give doctors, nurses and care staff the best chance of success.

STPs are based on local knowledge about the priorities in each part of the country, including those relating to local winter pressure. Each was asked to tackle strategic challenges and to make progress on national priorities, including the Urgent and Emergency Care Review chaired by Sir Bruce Keogh.

To help with this, local STP leaders received practical guides from NHS England and NHS Improvement describing what success in 2020 would look like and giving suggestions about how they could approach implementation. These included subjects relevant to winter pressures like urgent and emergency care.

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