New resources to help sustainability and transformation planning

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network members, together with the wider health community, can now access a range of resources to support preparation of their Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

STPs are a critical delivery vehicle for the three key aims of the Five Year Forward View set out by NHS England. These call on health and social care providers to:

  • Put greater emphasis on public health and prevention
  • Give patients more control of their own care
  • Ensure the NHS takes decisive steps to break down the barriers in how care is provided across all sectors

The resources, compiled by Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield, cover a variety of topics including:

  • The case for change
  • Leadership
  • Financial implications
  • Legal frameworks


Greg has undertaken an exhaustive review of the literature about Accountable Care Organisations, which has been summarised around the four key areas above. This is the only resource of its kind, it is thorough, in-depth and draws upon a wide range of international sources.

Dawn Lawson, Chief Operating Officer at the AHSN, said: “The resources that Greg has prepared are factual, bite size pieces of information that are incredibly accessible because they are written in a straightforward, conversational style.

“We are making these resources available as part of our support programme for the sustainability and transformation plans in our region. We will also be supporting programme leadership, cross-STP learning and horizon scanning for new opportunities and examples of regional and national best practice.

“The links we have mean we can provide unique and bespoke support for these ambitious programmes of work which we know are a challenge to all organisations.”

The release of the resources follows a webinar hosted by the AHSN earlier this year during which participants were able to discuss preparing STPs. The webinar also highlighted lessons around financial models and risk sharing, performance metrics, governance and regulatory issues. The webinar is available here

Greg Fell added: “I hope local health organisations will find these resources useful as they create these important system wide programmes. I’ve based the documents on evidence gleaned from a variety of sources and they do give an insight into the topics that organisations need to take into account when preparing their STPs.”