Publications and Guidance

Indicative 2020/21 Sustainability and Transformation Plans funding including transformation. This briefing outlines indicative figures for how much each part of England could see its NHS budget grow by 2020, and the funding available for transformation. This document aims to help local NHS and care leaders develop their Sustainability and Transformation Plans, showing how the NHS Five Year Forward View will be implemented locally, using the growing funding envelope available to each area.  

Adult personal social services: specific revenue funding and grant allocations for 2016/17. This letter clarifies local authority specific revenue funding for the financial year 2016 to 2017, which was subject to the 2015 spending review. It provides information on funding for the second year of Care Act implementation, which comes from a range of sources, as well as allocations for parts of the Better Care Fund. 

How is the NHS performing? Quarterly monitoring report Nearly two-thirds of NHS trust finance directors and more than half of CCG finance leads say the quality of patient care in their area has deteriorated over the past year, according to this report. It finds that only 2 per cent of trust finance directors and 12 per cent of CCG finance leads said that patient care had improved over the past 12 months. Looking back over 2015/16 as a whole, the report underlines the increasing strain the NHS is under as it struggles to manage increasing pressure on services within constrained resources.

Consultations

Changes to the DH accounting guidance for all NHS bodies. Seeks views on the content of the DH Group Accounting Manual (GAM) that applies to all NHS bodies for their annual reports and accounts for 2016 to 2017. It includes mandatory accounting guidance for all NHS bodies on completing their statutory annual report and accounts. The consultation closes on 1 July 2016.

News

NHS drops fines for trusts for missed time targets. NHS England has suspended financial sanctions for trusts that miss waiting time targets. From May, trusts receiving bailouts due to forecast budgetary deficits - three-quarters of trusts and foundation trusts - will not be subject to fines.