STPs: where are we now and what happens next?

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have now been produced by NHS and  local government leaders in 44 parts of England. The plans are important, setting out the proposed direction for health and care services over the next five years. But they been developed at significant speed and, for the most part, without the involvement of frontline staff or patients.

Ahead of the publication of a new Kings Fund report on the process of developing sustainability and transformation plans in England, Hugh Alderwick evaluates the story so far.

Related: Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained

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