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Sustainability and transformation plans: the 'biggest change ever'

With health services continuing to feel the strain, collaboration will give nurses, doctors and other care staff ‘the best chance of success’, according to England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings

With health services continuing to feel the strain, collaboration will give nurses, doctors and other care staff ‘the best chance of success’, according to England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings.

The collaboration she’s referring to is that between organisations, in the form of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) for local health and care sectors. This is not the moment to ‘sit on our hands, nor to instigate big-bang changes’ she argues, but engage in decisive, well debated and locally owned improvements.

STPs will cover the period between October 2016 and March 2021

NHS England

STPs feature in the NHS shared-planning guidance to implement the Five Year Forward View and represent an attempt to bring together NHS providers, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities

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