Based on interviews with senior NHS and local government leaders in four areas, The Kings Fund's new report looks at progress in developing sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). Despite criticisms of the process so far, the report urges the government and the NHS to continue to back STPs as the best hope for delivering long-term improvement in health and social care.

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been developed by NHS and local government leaders in 44 parts of England. The plans offer a chance for health and social care leaders to work together to improve care and manage limited resources. But will they succeed where other initiatives have failed?


Despite the importance of STPs for the NHS and the public, little is known about the process of developing the plans and how the initiative has worked in practice. Based on a series of interviews with senior NHS and local government leaders which took place throughout 2016, this report looks at how STPs have been developed in four parts of the country.

Read the Report here