A round-up of HSJ’s in-depth coverage of the NHS planning guidance until 2019
Impact of the planning guidance
NHS England and NHS Improvement have published their planning guidance for the health service, setting out the new orders and priorities for STPs, providers and CCGs.
The latest document is especially significant as it covers a two-year period (April 2017-March 2019) rather than the usual 12 months, and has been brought forward from its traditional Christmas release.
In his analysis, Dave West says the guidance is defined by two main themes: a “breakneck” timetable for delivery; and the movement towards “managing the NHS through whole systems, not separate organisations”.
He adds: “Your attitude to this collectivist approach, embodied by sustainability and transformation plans, will dictate what this planning guidance means to you.”
Here is our full coverage from Thursday of the NHS’s new to-do list through to 2019:
- STP areas will be given “system control totals”, which all providers and CCGs will be accountable for
- CCGs have been told to commission expanded GP opening hours to include evenings and weekends as standard
- Trusts will be allowed to 2016-17 miss targets for “exceptional” reasons
- Simon Stevens and Jim Mackey will intervene in local contract disputes
- £3.6bn of sustainability funding will be used to plug provider deficits until 2019
- A new board led by Keith McNeil and Will Smart will drive the implementation of national technology policy
- CCGs will be supported to merge leadership and governance
- Plans to reduce inappropriate outpatient follow-ups by introducing a block payment system have been scaled back