In 2016 the NHS and local councils came together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals to improve health and care. They formed new partnerships – known as sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) – to run services in a more coordinated way, to agree system-wide priorities, and to plan collectively how to improve residents’ day-to-day health.
Partnerships published their initial proposals in 2016 which have since continued to develop to reflect local priorities, views from people who use and provide services, elected representatives and local voluntary organisations.
In some areas, STPs have evolved to become integrated care systems, a new form of even closer collaboration between the NHS and local councils. The NHS Long Term Plan set out the aim that every part of England will be covered by an integrated care system by 2021, replacing STPs but building on their good work to date.
Sustainability and transformation partnerships build on collaborative work that began under the NHS Shared Planning Guidance for 2016/17 – 2020/21, to support implementation of the Five Year Forward View. They are supported by six national health and care bodies: NHS England; NHS Improvement; the Care Quality Commission (CQC); Health Education England (HEE); Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
You can find out more about STPs and the development of integrated care systems by looking at the frequently asked questions. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @NHSEngland or by using the hashtag #futureNHS and #integratedcare.