Encouraging engagement between Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and the adult social care sector
The Care Provider Alliance has published two new documents whose aim is to encourage engagement between STPs and the adult social care sector.
The PDF document provides an overall summary and recommendations. It is being sent to each STP lead and will be circulated to care provider organisations by CPA members.
The Word document is a report providing more detail of the CPA's work in this area over recent months.
11th September 2017
STPs are new partnerships in which the NHS and local councils have come together to develop proposals to improve health and care and to plan jointly for the next few years. There are 44 STPs across England. The aim is that they should be built around the needs of the local population across whole areas, not just those of the individual organisations involved. You can read more about STPs, and find the STP for your area, here https://www.england.nhs.uk/stps/.
It is widely recognised that health and social care services need to work together as one system. There are many great examples of where this is going well at a local level, with clear benefits for both the people who need care and the sustainability of the system itself. However, so far, the engagement of the care provider sector at the key strategic level of the STP footprint has been patchy, and often minimal. Despite the huge contribution that the social care provider sector makes to the total health and care system in each area, most published STP plans say very little about it.
The CPA is calling on each STP to review its engagement with adult social care providers and, by March 2018, to share information on its website or elsewhere about how it is taking engagement with the sector forward. The CPA is also calling on the providers of adult social care services to take time to understand the role of STPs, and to be ready to engage positively and openly on behalf of the sector. We hope that the two publications that can be downloaded at the top of this page will help and encourage all parties in this endeavour.
The Care Provider Alliance is available and able to help STPs develop their engagement with the sector. If you would like to discuss this, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new publications follow an initial report which we published in July 2017. The initial report summarised the feedback we had received at that point, and sought further views and comments. A copy of our July 2017 report can be downloaded below.