Sustainability and Transformation Plans

What are Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)?

Plans to develop STPs were agreed at the end of 2015 when NHS England and key national NHS bodies instructed local health and care organisations to develop five year plans. England was then divided into 44 areas which were called ‘footprints’.

The STPs are a tool that will enable local areas to work together to identify the actions they need to take to address the gaps identified in the Five Year Forward View, which were: to address the funding gap, improve service quality and enhance population health and wellbeing.


Healthwatch Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Plan Briefing 1 (October 2016)

Our STP briefing looks at what STPs are, what they mean for the health system, the important role for patients and the public and what is happening locally and nationally. We also provided an update as to our activity in STP discussions locally.

Healthwatch Birmingham reflects on Birmingham and Solihull STP (November 2016).

Our comments following the publication of the Birmingham and Solihull STP, the first footprint in the country to make their plan public.


Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Live Healthy, Live Happy: The NHS, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have worked together to develop a draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).  The plan sets out how they will improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Birmingham and Solihull.

Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Partners from across 18 local health and social care organisations have been invited to participate in the development of proposals to improve health and care for local people. The proposals are known as the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan.


NHS England – plain English resources about STPs

NHS England – short video explains STPs

NHS England has created a short animation to help describe Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs). The video clearly and simply explains what these local proposals for health and social care aim to do.