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Care providers call for greater STP engagement

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Digest: The organisation representing adult social care providers has called on sustainability and transformation partnerships to review their engagement with the sector after evidence emerged of significant variations in the levels of consultation across the country.

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA), which is made up of the 11 main provider associations, has today published the findings of a review of the 44 proposals and found most focused on NHS plans for footprints rather than the whole health and care system.

The review also found that only a small number of STPs had involved social care providers in detailed discussions and prioritised projects relating to social care.

The CPA also said there was a widespread feeling that adult social care services and staff are given a lower status and value than those in the NHS.

The alliance has written to each STP calling for them to review their engagement with social care providers and publish details of progress made by March next year.

CPA chair Bridget Warr said the NHS would be “completely overwhelmed” without high quality and sustainable social care services.

She added: “Through the sector’s engagement with STPs, there is a huge opportunity to develop strategic alignment between these vital parts of the system, so that they work together in the best interests of patients and people supported by social care.”

Public health and primary care minister Steve Brine (Con) said he supported the CPA’s work to encourage greater engagement with providers.

He added: “Transformation across health and care services can only be achieved through the collaboration of all partners in local systems.”

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