The leading national health and care bodies in England have come together to publish ‘Delivering the Forward View: NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2016/17 – 2020/21’, setting out the steps to help local organisations deliver a sustainable, transformed health service and improve the quality of care, wellbeing and NHS finances.

As part of this the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Programme has been formed to look at how the significant challenges that face both the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough local health economy and the national NHS system as a whole can be addressed.

Locally, it is recognised that:

• our health system needs to change to be Fit for the Future
• our clinical models could be more effective
• we have a growing and ageing population
• we have financial pressures that are the imperative for change
• we want to work with local people to design a local health system that is Fit for the Future
• we need a health and care system that is financially and clinically sustainable.

Nationally, it is recognised that:

• the future shortfall in funding faced by the NHS in England is estimated to be at £30 billion by 2020/21
• the world has changed and health services needs to evolve to meet the challenges NHS health services face
• transforming the health system in the best interests of patients is at the heart of all NHS Sustainability & Transformation programmes
• this is very much in line with the NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.

The CCG has been working with local health partners and providers to develop a ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’, which will cover the period October 2016 to March 2021 to help build a health and care system that is Fit for the Future.