Sustainability and Transformation Plan


In November 2016, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria published its plan to help make people in the area healthier, to enhance care quality across the region and to put health and care services on a sustainable footing.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) reaffirms the need for health and care organisations to work together to transform services and the way people use and access them.

The STP is made up of Local Development Plans (LDPs) across five areas: Central Lancashire, West Lancashire, Pennine Lancashire, Fylde Coast and the Bay Health & Care Partners area. These build on the good work already taking place at a local levelthat you can see by using these links.

Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of 44 STP ‘footprints’ that have been established across England to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

Local GPs and consultants and other care professionals working in local practices, hospitals and care services hear stories from patients and families day in, day out about how good services are. However, many people have experiences that demonstrate that cracks are appearing – and these cracks will only widen if we do not jointly consider how to re-design the care system to meet our residents’ needs.

Working together to transform services, the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria programme will:

  • Tackle life expectancy inequality; improving the area’s health by making it easier to get expert advice, access free healthy-living and support schemes.
  • Improve the way that care is planned and delivered in the region in a more person-centred and coordinated way; bringing help closer to people’s homes and using technology to empower and improve the quality of care people receive.
  • Relieve the financial pressures on our local NHS by doing things more efficiently; such as avoiding duplication, waste and providing the most clinically effective interventions at the most appropriate time, place and way.
  • Encourage and support people to take their health more seriously and assume greater responsibility for their own good health.
  • Develop robust integrated care services across Lancashire and South Cumbria that are based in local communities and reduce the over reliance on acute hospital-based services.
  • Create a multi-skilled, flexible and responsive workforce with great development prospects.
  • Enhance the role of the third sector to support mainstream services
  • Establish joint system leadership across Lancashire’s entire health and social care environment.

There are no pre-determined solutions or options at this stage. In the coming weeks and months, we want people to get involved in the conversation in their local areas and help to shape these plans going forward.

A piece of work is underway to translate this technical document into something members of the public can understand and that will encourage them to be part of the conversations around any potential proposals or changes in their local area.




In November 2016, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria published its plan to help make people in the area healthier, to enhance care quality across the region and to put health and care services on a sustainable footing.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) reaffirms the need for health and care organisations to work together to transform services and the way people use and access them.

The STP is made up of Local Development Plans (LDPs) across five areas: Central Lancashire, West Lancashire, Pennine Lancashire, Fylde Coast and the Bay Health & Care Partners area. These build on the good work already taking place at a local levelthat you can see by using these links.

Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of 44 STP ‘footprints’ that have been established across England to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

Local GPs and consultants and other care professionals working in local practices, hospitals and care services hear stories from patients and families day in, day out about how good services are. However, many people have experiences that demonstrate that cracks are appearing – and these cracks will only widen if we do not jointly consider how to re-design the care system to meet our residents’ needs.

Working together to transform services, the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria programme will:

  • Tackle life expectancy inequality; improving the area’s health by making it easier to get expert advice, access free healthy-living and support schemes.
  • Improve the way that care is planned and delivered in the region in a more person-centred and coordinated way; bringing help closer to people’s homes and using technology to empower and improve the quality of care people receive.
  • Relieve the financial pressures on our local NHS by doing things more efficiently; such as avoiding duplication, waste and providing the most clinically effective interventions at the most appropriate time, place and way.
  • Encourage and support people to take their health more seriously and assume greater responsibility for their own good health.
  • Develop robust integrated care services across Lancashire and South Cumbria that are based in local communities and reduce the over reliance on acute hospital-based services.
  • Create a multi-skilled, flexible and responsive workforce with great development prospects.
  • Enhance the role of the third sector to support mainstream services
  • Establish joint system leadership across Lancashire’s entire health and social care environment.

There are no pre-determined solutions or options at this stage. In the coming weeks and months, we want people to get involved in the conversation in their local areas and help to shape these plans going forward.

A piece of work is underway to translate this technical document into something members of the public can understand and that will encourage them to be part of the conversations around any potential proposals or changes in their local area.



If you have any questions about the Healthier Lancashire Sustainability and Transformation Plan, you can ask it here.

Thank you to those who have already asked questions. We aim to respond as soon as possible, however this may take a couple of days whilst we make sure the response fully answers the question that was asked and that this comes from the right person.

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  • The NHS has a track record of evidence based practice. What evidence is there that these rather vague proposals for a radical change to service provision will meet the clinical needs of patients as a priority over meeting the needs of budget?

    Andy asked 4 months ago

    The Lancashire and South Cumbria STP is a draft version of an emerging plan that was produced to meet a national deadline with NHS England. We will be involving the public, politicians and health and social care staff in developing more detailed plans to improve the health of our population and resolve the service and financial pressures being experienced currently by health and care providers. These more detailed plans will be developed with local people and will be consulted on to ensure that they meet the needs of people in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

    The Sustainability and Transformation Plan builds upon and evidence base of research was carried out for the first time in 2015 to see what the scale of the financial, geographical and population problem is Lancashire and South Cumbria over the next five years. This report, called the Alignment of Plans was published in October 2015 and gave a sense of urgency to the programme.

  • Do the Councils have to agree this if so when by?

    MJB asked 4 months ago

    The draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Lancashire and South Cumbria was shared with a special meeting of Cumbria’s Health and Wellbeing Board on 4th October and the Lancashire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 18th October and then with the three Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Boards in Blackpool on 19th October 2016 to seek approval for these to be submitted to NHS England.  Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet received the draft STP and confirmed their support to submit it on 21st October 206.

    Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria represents 33 NHS and local Council organisations, along with Third Sector partners. These include Lancashire County Council, Cumbria County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

  • Are you going to make the easy read version accessible to the elderly and visually impaired by thinking about font sizes, colour of typeface and background of pages and being aware of the RNIB best practice guidelines for publications. This is especially important in the areas where we have a more elderly population

    David asked 4 months ago

    Hi, 

    Yes we are working to create an easy read version of these draft plans and hope to publish these as soon as possible.

    To make sure that the easy read version is suitable, follows best practice guidelines and, most importantly, is easy to understand we are currently planning to work with local Healthwatch and members of the public to test the materials. 

    Many Thanks