On 23 December, NHS England (NHSE) released guidance on developing the joint forward plan (JFP) for systems, ahead of an April deadline.

NHSE’s guidance provides three principles for JFPs:

  1. Fully aligned with the wider system partnership’s ambitions
  2. Supporting subsidiarity by building on existing local strategies and plans as well as reflecting the universal NHS commitments
  3. Delivery focused, including specific objectives, trajectories and milestones as appropriate

The guidance sets out a flexible approach from NHSE on when JFPs must be published, with the deadline for final submissions set at the end of June 2023, three months after the official deadline.

We’ve summarised the guidance in a snapshot below: