Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

In December 2015, NHS England outlined a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations. To do this, every health and care system in England is producing a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years – ultimately delivering the Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

To deliver plans that are based on the needs of local populations, local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP ‘footprints’.

The three STP areas (or footprints) in the West of England are Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire (BNSSG); Gloucestershire; and Bath, Swindon & Wiltshire – all of whom have identified diabetes as a priority.

The STP footprints in the West of England align with those for the three Local Digital Roadmaps (LDRs) being developed in our patch. The LDRs set out how each local health and care system will achieve the ambition of ‘paper-free at the point of care’ by 2020.

The West of England AHSN is working closely with the leads for our three STPs to provide ongoing strategic support, and the Diabetes Digital Coach forms part of this offer to them.