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What is the STP?

From sustainability and transformation plan to partnership

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan

In 2015, NHS England worked with other national organisations to produce The Five Year Forward View, this is a national plan to improve health and care services.

This plan says that services need to get better at preventing ill health, improve, overall quality, safety and become more efficient.

In January 2016, NHS England asked 44 regions, including Lancashire and South Cumbria, to bring together NHS organisations, local authorities, voluntary and community groups to produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan.




Lancashire and South Cumbria was ahead-of-the-game as many organisations were already discussing plans.

November 2016 saw a draft of the local STP published, it's purpose was to encourage further thinking about potential solutions to health and social care challenges and draw together local plans.

The next steps are to have more local conversations to deliver ideas further before coming up with firm proposals.



The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

In March 2017, NHS England announced that moving forward Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships will have the role to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and key national priorities.

The Next Steps on the NHS England Five Year Forward view says:

“These partnerships are more than just the ‘wiring’ behind the scenes. They are a way of bringing together GPs, hospitals, mental health services and social care to keep people healthier for longer and integrate services around the patients who need it most. They are a forum in which health leaders can plan services that are safer and more effective because they link together hospitals so that staff and expertise are shared between them.”

Read more about STPs on the NHS England website >>