The NHS shared planning guidance asked every local health and care system in England to come together to create their own ambitious local plan for accelerating the implementation of the 5-year forward view.
These blueprints, called sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), will be place-based, multi-year plans built around the needs of local populations. STPs will help drive a genuine and sustainable transformation in health and care outcomes between 2016 and 2021. They will also help build and strengthen local relationships, enabling a shared understanding of where we are now, our ambition for 2021 and the concrete steps needed to get us there.
To deliver these plans NHS providers, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities, and other health and care services have come together to form 44 STP footprints. These are geographic areas in which people and organisations will work together to develop robust plans to transform the way that health and care is planned and delivered for their populations. These footprints are of a scale which should enable transformative change and the implementation of the 5-year forward view vision of better health and wellbeing, improved quality of care, and stronger NHS finance and efficiency.