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BHIVA Spring Conference: Community Workshop summary

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Paul Clift
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BHIVA Spring Conference: Community Workshop summary
Posted on: April 13 2017, 10:54 am

Dear All

This year's BHIVA Spring Conference Community Workshop was on Sustainability and Transformation Plans or STPs. We had two excellent speakers: Dr JS Bamrah and Prof Simon Barton. JS Bamrah is a psychiatrist based in Manchester and is a senior member of the BMA; Simon Barton is an HIV consultant at Chelsea & Westminster, former Chair of the Clinical Reference Group for HIV and current Chair of the Blood & Infection Programme of Care Board which includes the HIV CRG.

The BMA is generally critical of STPs and you can read through their take on them here https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/nhs-structure-and-delivery/sustainability-and-transformation-plans. JS Bamrah's intro was a critical overview of the STPs themselves and of their potential consequences. His slides can be accessed here http://bhiva.org/documents/Conferences/2017Liverpool/Presentations/170405/JSBamrah.pdfand are well worth going through thoroughly - they are an excellent introduction.

Simon Barton began by asking the packed audience how many had actually read their local STP? Only a couple of people had done so; as the plans are all published and are important documents, you might like to find yours by following this link https://www.england.nhs.uk/stps/view-stps/. Both Simon and JS stressed that we all need to be aware of what is in our local STP and then engage with local commissioners, CCGs etc to try to make sure that they work as well as possible - the BMA page (link above) has a 'how do I get involved' section with useful info for this.

The audience for this session was a good mix of clinicians, patients, advocates etc. Most had heard of STPs before, but very few knew what they actually are. Feedback I got afterwards was that this session was generally well received by those present, and I hope you find the attached documents and the links useful.

Paul
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