New checklist to support effective governance and engagement within STPs

stp-checklist_tiltToday, in partnership with NHS Confederation, National Voices and the Centre for Public Scrutiny, we have launched a new resource to support those delivering change within their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints to work through key governance and accountability challenges.

STPs provide an important opportunity to drive system-wide collaboration and require collective decision making but do not change the statutory responsibilities of individual organisations, raising important questions on how governance and engagement can be managed.

The new checklist, which will be useful for CCG lay members, provider non-executive directors, councillors, the voluntary sector, and other community partners, 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 four key categories:

  • Governance, scrutiny and accountability
  • System-wide control totals
  • Public engagement
  • Partnerships and collaborative working

Susanne HasselmannChair of the NHSCC Lay Members Network and governing body lay member at South Eastern Hampshire CCG, Susanne Hasselmann said: “Through STPs we have a real chance to drive collaboration across the health and care system for the benefit of local people, but if they are to succeed it is critical that we get governance and engagement right.

“This checklist published today is a resource that will help us make sure that the delivery of STPs reflects the public voice and that proper governance is in place. This is necessary if the STPs are to achieve their aims of closing the health and wellbeing gap, the care and quality gap, and the finance and efficiency gap whilst being accountable to the patients and populations they serve.”

Download and use the STP checklist for governance and engagement.