STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Plans or Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships – depending on who you ask) have been surrounded by controversy since they were originally announced in early 2016. And these are not the only names they have been called, some other highlights have been Secret Tory Plans, Slash Trash and Privatisation or even Sticky Toffee Pudding.
They are actually 44 plans for local areas to implement the Five Year Forward View and “achieve financial balance” that have been produced across England.
As these plans are pretty lengthy the BMA has done the reading for you and produced a report setting out some of the main themes seen throughout all 44 plans, and picked out particular examples of good and bad practice. The 10 themes we have looked at in more details are:
Although the details of the plans vary between different areas there are some similarities. In particular, there is an almost universal lack of either detail or timelines for what the rhetoric in the plans will actually mean for services. This is particularly shocking as our analysis found that:
The report also finds that:
It is important that you understand what is in the plan for your area and can start asking questions to your local leads.
Read the BMA’s report
Find out more information about STPs and read the STP for your area
Tell us what you think of the STP for your area