About the STP

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About the STP 2017-11-30T17:45:46+00:00

What is the STP?

One partnership and one plan
Joined-up health and care in mid and south Essex

The Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) is one of 44 STPs across the NHS in England.

You can see on the map below, the area we cover, including the boroughs and districts of: Braintree; Maldon; City of Chelmsford; Castle Point; Rochford; Southend-on-sea; Thurrock; Basildon and Brentwood.

The STP is not an organisation as such; it is a partnership of the different NHS organisations and councils that are responsible for your health and wellbeing. We are working together on a single plan to improve health and care for the rising number of people who need our services.

For a national definition of STPs, please visit the NHS England website:


We all want the very best health and care for you and your family. Our STP connects every part of the system so that we can take on the future challenges of people living longer and with greater needs.

Dr Anita Donley OBE, Independent Chair, Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

How the Mid and South Essex STP came together

All STPs in England came together in 2015/16, as directed in the national NHS Five Year Forward View. Every STP has a plan to meet three main challenges to:

  • Improve health
  • Transform the quality of care delivery
  • Secure sustainable finances

For further information about the NHS Five Year Forward View, please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/five-year-forward-view/

In Mid and South Essex, we were different from the rest. As part of the NHS Five Year Forward View, we were one of three designated “success regimes”. As one of three success regimes, we received additional support from NHS England and NHS Improvement to diagnose deep-rooted and persistent pressures, and to accelerate our plan for sustainability and transformation.

The Success Regime programme started in September 2015, leading to the publication of our overall plan for change on 1 March 2016, ahead of the national timescale for STP plans to be published by November 2016.

The Success Regime gave us a head start on our plans and by April 2017, we were well-established as the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) with developing proposals for public consultation to start in late 2017.