Today the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) launches Swimming together or sinking alone, a report based on revealing interviews with senior leaders in health and local government on what is really happening as managers grapple with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process.

Swimming together will help leaders understand the values, culture and skills they need to survive and thrive as the NHS tries to change from organisations working in silos to local health and care networks focussed on the needs of patients. NHS England chief executive and IHM companion Simon Stevens is speaking at the event launching the report.

Under the Sustainability and Transformation Plan process announced in December 2015, health and local government leaders are coming together locally to take on two big challenges – shaping services around local needs, and doing so in a way which is financially sustainable.

Barriers between primary, secondary and community care are becoming ever more permeable and, for the first time since the creation of the NHS in 1948, local government is a major partner in shaping and delivering care.

Written by journalist and policy expert Richard Vize, Swimming together or sinking alone analyses the difficulties these new, highly pressured networks are experiencing, and identifies how healthcare managers need to think and act differently to make systems leadership a success.

Institute of Healthcare Management chief executive Jill DeBene said: “Breaking down the barriers that get in the way of good patient care requires profound changes in the way managers think and work. Every healthcare leader needs to understand that she or he is now responsible for the entire system, not just their own organisation. This requires a huge leap of imagination.”

 

The full report can be found here –  full-report