Sustainability and transformation plans and partnerships

House of Commons Library, October 2017

This House of Commons Library briefing covers the context in which Sustainability and Transformation Plans have been developed, their funding and accountability arrangements as well as their progress so far. A key role of these partnerships was the creation of local blueprints for delivering the 5YFV, known as sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). This briefing therefore explores how these plans were developed, as well as research and debate surrounding the content and implementation of these plans.

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Leading Large Scale Change

NHS England, September 2017

NHS England have produced a guide to leading large scale change to help all those involved in seeking to achieve transformational change in complex health and care environments. It is relevant to all those involved in transformational change programmes such as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and the development of new care models, and has relevance across public services.

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Sustainability and transformation plans: how serious are the proposals? A critical review

London South Bank University, June 2017

This report reviews the existing 44 STP plans for the NHS and argues that in order to delivered a better future for the NHS the plans would need to be given the legislative powers and support necessary to achieve effective collaboration, plus some much-needed clarification on their role.  The report also recommends that STP leaders need to plan ahead based on the reality of their current situation, identify changes that are evidence-based, develop workforce plans that match their ambitions, and focus on reducing demand before removing resources from the acute sector.  At present some elements of these recommendations are missing in all of the 44 published STPs.

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Delivering sustainability and transformation plans: from ambitious proposals to credible plans

The King’s Fund, February 2017

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been developed in 44 footprints across England, with the aim of transforming care in line with the NHS five year forward view. But can the proposals in STPs be delivered? Our new report looks in detail at the content of the 44 STPs and the opportunities and challenges for implementation. The report is accompanied by a short briefing that discusses the seven key opportunities and challenges facing the STPs.

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The sustainability and transformation plans: a critical assessment

Centre for Health and Public Interest, February 2017

This report assesses the published drafts for STP plans and it raises concerns around the credibility of the implementation measures outlined in the plans. It argues that the scale of the planned reduction in hospital services implies rationing and risks the collapse of some services.

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Swimming together or sinking alone: health, care and the art of systems leadership

Institute of Healthcare Management, January 2017

This report is based on interviews with senior leaders in health and local government on what is really happening as managers grapple with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process.  The report will help leaders understand the values, culture and skills they need to survive and thrive as the NHS tries to change from organisations working in silos to local health and care networks focussed on the needs of patients.

Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is a contributor to the report.

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