Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) -
Despite sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) emerging as a good means of addressing the need for financial stability, some strategies drawn up do not include enough substance to prove they are tackling the problems realistically, according to this report. In the report, CIPFA has analysed nine published STPs out of the 44 that are being developed in England to improve services while reducing costs. It found that although the plans set out proposals to close the widening financial gap, which the NHS estimates to be £30bn by 2020, some fail to set out a credible case for the deliverability of their savings plans.
Centre for Mental Health -
This research outlines how mental health needs assessments can prompt concerted action to improve wellbeing and life chances in local communities. It explores how five local councils across England went about understanding the mental health needs of their communities and taking action to meet them more effectively. It finds that joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) for mental health and dementia can help to direct investment, to improve services and to help local agencies work together more effectively.
Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) -
This research explores how people use GP and A&E services and finds that if they understood their own NHS ‘footprint’, 80 per cent would be more likely to seek advice from pharmacists and use over-the-counter remedies for coughs, colds and other self-treatable conditions. It reveals that the majority of people in the UK (92 per cent) acknowledge the importance of taking responsibility for their own health in order to ease the financial burden on the NHS. However, every year there are an estimated 57 million GP consultations and 3.7 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions, costing the NHS an estimated £2.3 billion.
Family and Childcare Trust -
This report gathers data from local authorities about local care costs and availability. It reveals that four in five local authorities in the UK report not having enough care for older people in their area. It finds that more than 6.4 million people aged 65 and over are living in areas that do not have enough older people’s care to meet demand.
This study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB & T) people. NatCen conducted the same research in 2013 looking at the early effects of the cuts, which began in 2010. The key finding of this study was that fears about the effects of public funding cuts reported in 2013 were seen as a reality for some LGB & T service users and service providers by 2016.
House of Commons Library -
This briefing provides background on the current funding settlement for the NHS in England, the financial and operational performance of the health service, and measures being taken to ensure its future sustainability, including Sustainability of Transformation Plans. The briefing also provides background on the Department of Health’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/16 and ongoing Select Committee scrutiny of NHS funding.
NHS Clinical Commissioners -
This resource aims to support those delivering change within their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints to work through key governance and accountability challenges. The document sets out a series of questions that can be asked locally and within boards to support effective discussion and decision-making across a place. The questions cover: governance, scrutiny and accountability; system-wide control totals; public engagement; and partnerships and collaborative working.
National Audit Office -
In 2015-16, NHS commissioners, NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts reported a combined deficit of £1.85 billion, a greater than three-fold in crease in the deficit position of £574 million reported in 2014-15. According to this report, the financial performance of NHS bodies worsened considerably in 2015-16 and this trend is not sustainable.