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Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

STP South East London

The STP process is important because it requires health and social care organisations to plan together to make sure services and resources are coordinated to deliver the best possible care now and in years to come.


South east London – which comprises the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark and the providers located within it – is one of 44 geographical ‘footprints’ identified in England. 


NHS commissioners in the area have already led development of a five-year strategy, known as Our Healthier South East London. A consolidated version of this strategy was published in 2015.


All NHS organisations and local government colleagues in this footprint are now working together to develop the south east London STP, which will represent the final Our Healthier South East London strategy.


Key features

There are several key features of the STP:

Improving integrated and community based care

Much of the STP builds on the original strategy developed through Our Healthier South East London – the models of care developed through this programme are the product of several years of partnership working between clinicians, commissioners, council social care leads, local hospitals, and have been informed by wide engagement with local communities, patients and the public.


The focus here is on prevention as well as delivering better integrated care in the community. This is helping us make key improvements across six priority areas and putting patients at the heart of health and care in the future. 

NHS provider productivity and quality

Importantly, through the STP, the six provider NHS trusts in south east London are working together to improve care and strengthen the financial sustainability of the local NHS. This programme is crucial as it will ensure that trusts offer the best possible services in the most cost-effective way in the future.

Optimising specialised services

NHS England is leading a review of specialised services for people living in south London and those coming into the area for specialist care (a third of all specialised activity is from the South of England).There is potential for achieving quality improvement and better value for money in many specialist areas. 


We need to work with NHS England, tertiary provider trusts, neighbouring commissioners in south west London and patients and the public in considering the best future for specialised services.


For more information please see http://www.ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk/about-us/