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Sustainability and Transformation Plan

​In December 2015, the NHS shared planning guidance outlined a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations. To do this, every health and care system in England will produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years – helping to deliver the Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

To deliver plans that are based on the needs of local populations, local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP footprints. The 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.

Each area has produced a sustainability and transformation plan (click here to find out more) for the next few years. With services feeling the strain, collaboration between organisations will give nurses, doctors and care staff the best chance of success.

Proposals have now been published for every part of England. They are all at different stages and now patients, the public and NHS staff must help to develop and shape them.

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.

STPs were submitted in June and October 2016 and implementation is likely to begin in the New Year. The call is now for local people, and organisations to share their experience and views to help shape how we can create sustainable health and social care services.

Click the pictures below to find out more about the plans and how you can provide feedback.