Planning Framework 2005-08

The SHCA is delighted that the new DH Planning Framework (National Standards, Local Action) underlines the need for PCTs to collaborate effectively in delivering specialised services. Specifically, paragraph 15 states that in setting local targets:

PCTs will need to take into account specialist services which can only be commissioned effectively on a pan-PCT or still broader basis. PCTs , with SHA support, are expected to act collaboratively to secure these services and their improvement.

The SHCA will be aiming to build on this important statement in its work with key stakeholders. These include the Healthcare Commission, where the Alliance has sought to identify areas for collaboration in the attached document.