Planning 2014/15

Planning for Patients 2014/15 to 2018/19, published December 2013

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 intended to assist commissioners with their planning considerations to maximise the best possible outcomes for their local communities.

The planning guidance seeks:

  • Strategic plans covering a five year period, with the first two years at operating plan level
  • An outcomes focused approach, with stretching local ambitions expected of commissioners, alongside credible and costed plans to deliver them
  • Citizen inclusion and empowerment to focus on what patients want and need
  • More integration between providers and commissioners
  • More integration with social care – cooperation with Local Authorities on Better Care Fund planning
  • Plans to be explicit in dealing with the financial gap and risk and mitigation strategies.  No change is not an option

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 regional team in the first instance.

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