The changing commissioning landscape and what it means for children and young people with SEND

Since 2015, NHS and local authority partners across England have been working to develop and implement Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), working jointly to plan, improve and better integrate services and to improve efficiency in their local area. One focus of the STP programme is to improve people’s experience of care by joining up services, making sure they get the right support at the right time, and giving people more control over their own care.

In some areas an STP will develop into an integrated care system - this is a closer collaboration of NHS organisations, local government and other bodies, with shared accountability for the financial and operational management of local health and care services, and a shared aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the local population. In developing this whole system approach to health and care, integrated care systems will build on the experience of a range of new care models which have been piloted across England in recent years.

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