Herefordshire STP (Sustainability Transformation Plan)

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

Building Health Partnerships – March 2018 UPDATE

In eight areas of England, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) are helping to build relationships between local people, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) with the aim of improving local health services.

The Building Health Partnerships: Self Care (BHP) programme consists of a series of partnership and core group meetings, with people in each area working together to identify improvements to self-care at a local level, drafting action plans and beginning to deliver on their agreed goals.

Using action learning approaches, the Programme supports tangible improvements to the design, commissioning and delivery of local health services

Jointly funded by NHS England and Big Lottery Fund, the BHP programme has developed interim findings to share the learning from cross-sector collaborative working. Each STP footprint has focused on a specific area of self-care including peer support in mental health care, carer-friendly services and social prescribing to support a good life in old age. These interim findings highlight examples of activity so far and areas that will be explored in the upcoming months.

Download the interim findings here: BHP_Interim_Findings_FINAL

For more information about the programme, including information from each STP footprint, visit:


Building Health Partnerships: Self Care Project Intro

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:

Building health partnerships: Self care – Think Carer presentation/notes from 31st January 2018 can be found here


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 

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan 

The plan and supporting documents for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP can be found here



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