Sustainability and transformation plans were announced as part of the ongoing work around NHS England's Five Year Forward View.
The aim of STPs is to bring local health and care leaders, organisations and communities together to develop plans for their localities (called ‘footprint’ areas) rather than focusing at the level of individual institutions.
The STPs should set out how the footprint areas will achieve the Five Year Forward View’s aims of improved health and wellbeing, transformed quality of care delivery and sustainable finances, from October 2016 until March 2021.
There are 44 STPs across England and they differ in terms of size of area and population figures – you can view a full listing of all the STPs on the NHS England website. Regional information on STPs is available here:
STPs should be written in partnership with clinicians, including nursing staff. Nursing staff must be actively involved and engaged in these plans from conception to delivery, to ensure they make full use of nursing skills and knowledge.
Workforce productivity will be a priority and all providers will be expected to effectively use e-rostering to ensure their staff are in the right place at the right time to care for patients. This aims to reduce bureaucracy for nursing staff and other clinicians.
Over the next 12 months, the STPs will look at a number of areas including:
The plans must also seek to improve health and wellbeing gaps within communities, and improve the quality of care delivered locally. Finances need to be given and attention given to how the plans will function alongside, and with, the new models of care.