This year, NHS England is working with Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority to produce guidance on the 2015/16 NHS planning process.
The NHS Five Year Forward View has set out the scale of the challenges we face and we know that in order to respond to them the NHS has to change. Robust planning, undertaken in partnership, will now be of paramount importance to both providers and commissioners in making these changes.
The 2015/16 planning round therefore provides an important opportunity to establish a foundation for longer term transformation based on the Five Year Forward View and to refresh, and to ensure sustained progress on, the two-year operational plans developed last year.
Jointly co-ordinated guidance for commissioners, NHS trusts and foundation trusts will be published in December, setting out full details of the planning process for 2015/16.
The healthcare system is facing the challenge of significant and enduring financial pressures. People’s need for services will continue to grow faster than funding, meaning that we have to innovate and transform the way we deliver high quality services, within the resources available, to ensure that patients, and their needs, are always put first. ‘Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2014/15 to 2018/19‘ sets out a bold framework within which commissioners will need to work with providers and partners in local government to develop strong, robust and ambitious five year plans to secure the continuity of sustainable high quality care for all. The planning guidance is accompanied by a suite of support tools (see ‘further information’ below) intended to assist commissioners with their planning considerations to maximise the best possible outcomes for their local communities.
The planning guidance seeks:-
NHS England has now published the funding allocations that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will receive over the next two years (2014/15 and 2015/16). The allocations contain a new funding formula for local health commissioners that will more accurately reflect population changes and include a specific deprivation measure.
Funding for NHS commissioners will rise from £96bn to £100bn over the next two years so, despite wider public sector budget cuts, the NHS is being protected from inflation at a time of austerity. The changes follow an extensive review into funding allocations and all CCGs will receive a funding increase matching inflation in the next two years while the most underfunded areas, and those with fast-growing populations, will receive even more.
If you have any queries about strategic and operational planning please contact your Area Team in the first instance.