Promoting partnership working in the NHS

SPF STP workshop - 25 January 2017

The SPF organised a special session for strategic group members on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) on 25 January, with a follow up session on 16 February. Michael MacDonnell from the strategic office of the 5 Year Forward View board and Nick Ville from NHS Improvement attended the first session to discuss the workforce implications of STPs.

They told the group that STPs are about transforming services to meet a growing demand for healthcare and that STPs might lead to an increase in staff, but perhaps in different locations or with different mixes of skills. They committed to working closely with the SPF going forward and confirmed that upcoming guidance on the 5 Year Forward View will have a focus on the workforce. Trade unions will be given the opportunity to contribute a narrative to the guidance, to provide reassurance for staff on system change and support retention.