Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)
- Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are five year plans for the future of health and care services in local areas.
NHS organisations have come together with local authorities and other partners to develop the plans in 44 areas of the country – in this area, Herefordshire and Worcestershire make up our local footprint. STPs represent a very significant change to the planning of health and care services in England.
The scope of STPs is broad. Initial guidance from NHS England and other national NHS bodies set out around 60 questions for local leaders to consider in their plans, covering three headline issues: improving quality and developing new models of care; improving health and wellbeing; and improving efficiency of services. Leaders were asked to identify the key priorities needed for their local area to meet these challenges and deliver financial balance for the NHS.
The plans needed to cover all aspects of NHS spending, as well as focusing on better integration with social care and other local authority services. They also needed to be long term, covering October 2016 to March 2021.
- Who is involved?
Worcestershire County Council, Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG NHS, South Worcestershire CCG NHS, Wyre Forest CCG NHS, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, 4 Primary Care Collaborations, Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire CCG NHS, Wye Valley NHS Trust, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Taurus GP Federation
More information about STPs in general can be found here – https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/topics/integrated-care/sustainability-transformation-plans-explained
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan
The plan and supporting documents for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP can be found here – http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/yourconversation/
Building Health Partnerships: Self Care Project
The Building Health Partnerships (BHP) Self-Care programme provides funded support to enable Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships to engage with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and citizens on wellbeing and self-care priorities.
The work being undertaken in this area includes: hearing local perspectives and priorities, addressing potential issues and starting to co-produce future sessions and activity that will make up the local programme. Based on the feedback from the Sustainability and Transformation Plan engagement exercise, and the strong messages given by carers during the process, Herefordshire & Worcestershire successfully applied to join the Building Healthy Partnerships programme, with a focus on the role of Carers in self care.
Visit the BHP section of Worcestershire Carers Association website for details for the latest update: https://www.carersworcs.org.uk/health-services