During 2014, the Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, published the NHS Five Year Forward View – a five year vision that sets out a clear direction for the NHS – showing why change is needed and what it will look like.
As part of the Five Year Forward View, NHS England asked local health and care organisations, and local community partners, including patient groups, to develop a shared vision, and create proposals to implement the Forward View over five years.
As such, every footprint area across England has developed a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Each STP is a collaboration of organisations across primary care, community services, social care, mental health and acute and specialised services. These organisations keep their individual responsibility and decision-making powers, but recognise the opportunity and benefits of coming together for people who use our health and care services.
STPs offer a new way of working for health and social care services locally, focusing on delivering health and care services defined by local area boundaries, not by local organisational boundaries. The aims are to: