How do we realise the ambition of delivering better value healthcare systems through the Sustainability and Transformation Plans?
This article is a repost and first appeared on the Optimity Advisors website in May 2016. The Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have been submitted. There will have been collective sighs of relief around the 44 footprints across England. Unlike many other strategic plans submitted in the past, there is an expectation that this is only a start of a journey. Momentum is expected to be maintained and evidence of early delivery will need to be seen at the next checkpoint in September or October of this year.
STP footprints are at different points in their journeys. None are at an advanced stage of transformed sustainable healthcare that effectively manages population health risk through prevention and person-centred right care. “Person-centred” and “population-based” are seen by some as potentially in conflict. I contend that you cannot sustainably realise one without the other. Professor Sir Muir Gray (@muirgray) highlights this in a joint Better Value Healthcare – Optimity Advisors webcast.
Assuming you collectively share an understanding of population risk management that delivers person-centred care for value, where do you start? STP priorities will have been identified for 2016/17 and 2017/18 but what do we know about the relative impact that these will have on value? And how can we accelerate this impact?
There are three things that the health and care systems in England has not historically done well which STPs are addressing:
Just as importantly, STPs will be thinking about how they deliver these transformational changes quickly based on the evidence. There will be no room for delay in benefits realisation. Based on our experience with STPs and past transformation programmes, we have three pieces of advice here: