Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs)
The Five Year Forward View, published in 2014, sets out a vision of a better NHS, the steps we should take to get us there, and how everyone involved needs to work together.
Every health and care system in England, 44 in total, has come together to create their own ambitious plan for implementing the Five Year Forward View. These are called sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) – five-year plans built around the needs of local people.
STPs will help drive genuine and sustainable change in health and care between 2016 and 2021. They will help build and strengthen local relationships, enabling a shared understanding of where we are now, our ambition for the next five years and the steps needed to get us there.
STPs aim to make sure that we all receive better care, are healthier, and have health and care services which run more efficiently by 2021. They address the three gaps set out in the Five Year Forward View:
- The health and wellbeing gap – preventing illness and managing demand for services
- The care and quality gap – changing the way care is delivered to better meet people’s needs
- The funding and efficiency gap – delivering care more cost effectively within budget.
We’re part of two STPs and have been involved in their development – the West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP which includes Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, and the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP which includes Barnsley.
It’s important to note that the draft plans are not set in stone – they both rely on meaningful discussion and engagement with local people. The views of health and care staff, people accessing services and the wider public are invaluable and will help shape the plans.