£450K to help patients have their say on health services


13 September 2018

A windfall of £450,000 to support practical and innovative ways to help patients improve health services has been announced.

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The Building Health Partnerships programme has been awarded the money from NHS England and the National Lottery – through the Big Lottery Fund.

The funding will provide tailored support for co-production to 10 areas, helping to more easily involve patients and carers in designing the services they use.

The funding will also support leadership training and develop a ‘champions’ network’ where community representatives and commissioners can share the best ways to ensure communities and patients are at the heart of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ (STP) and Integrated Care Systems’ (ICS) plans.

The 10 areas receiving the support will take part across two cohorts, and the first five STP/ICS areas will be:

  • Frimley Health and Care
  • Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria
  • North Cumbria
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership

These STPs will bring local groups and key decision makers together to put patients at the heart of decision-making, being supported by a series of externally facilitated sessions

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) dashboard

At the end of last month NHS England published an STP “dashboard”. According to their announcement, this should give “an initial baseline assessment of the new sustainability and transformation partnership areas – set up across the country to improve care through collaboration between services.”  It is a prototype “progress dashboard – which will continue to evolve – indicates the starting point from which STPs will drive improvements in care”. The full data is available on the NHS England web site:


The rating is driven by indicators in three broad areas: hospital performance, patient-focused change, and transformation. These are measured in nine domains: emergency care; elective care; safety; general practice; mental health; cancer; prevention; finance and system leadership. It will be interesting to examine these against the responses we get from STP leaders following our exercise to contact them all earlier this year about their plans for neurology services.


It was also confirmed that there will be local capital investment schemes in 15 areas of the country, with the largest sums being used for urgent care in Dorset, surgery in Greater Manchester and cancer care in Cumbria. According to NHS England, this initial funding has been targeted at the “strongest and most advanced plans put forward by local health and social care leaders.”