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Sustainability and Transformation Plans

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17 Aug 2016
Over the last couple of months whilst visiting clients and attending networking events, one of the biggest topics being discussed is the Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP)

What is the STP?

At the end of 2015, the NHS Shared Planning Guidance drew up and presented a new approach that would help and ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations.

For this to work, every health and care system across England will produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan, showing how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years. The end goal is to help deliver the Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

Earlier this year in January, local health and care systems came together to deliver plans that are based on the needs of local populations and formed 44 STP ‘footprints’. All health and care organisations within these geographic footprints are working together to develop STPs which will help drive genuine and sustainable transformation in patient experience and health outcomes of the longer-term.

For this to work, the 44 footprints should be locally defined, based on natural communities, existing working relationships, patient flows and take account of the scale needed to deliver the services, transformation and public health programmes required, along with how they best fit with other footprints.

Leaders have now been chosen in all areas and have agreed to convene the STP process and to oversee the development of local plans.
STPs footprints are not statutory bodies, but collective discussion forums which aim to bring together health and care leaders to support the delivery of improved health and care based on the needs of local populations. They do not replace existing local bodies, or change local accountabilities.

I personally feel that this is a great plan brought in to improve and create a more efficient NHS. 

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