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Exploring support for STPs

1 December 2016

People walking in the streetFor the first time leaders from Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STPs) footprints across the UCLPartners geography came together this month to explore opportunities for partnership support.

Colleagues from four local STP footprints attended our round table event on 28 November and discussed the local health and care challenges with some of the country’s top clinical and academic experts in end of life care, mental health, healthcare evaluation, workforce development, diabetes and healthcare innovation. The purpose was to build on the links already in place between the partnership and emerging footprint plans; to understand how UCLPartners can best apply its expertise, in collaboration with local expertise and ambition, to enable the implementation of priorities of the STPs; and to identify some common areas that could be addressed across the whole UCLPartners geography.

Chaired by UCLPartners Interim Managing Director, Dr Charlie Davie, STP leaders contributed to an insightful debate about priority areas, providing clear suggestions about where UCLPartners and its areas of strength and influence might help accelerate pace and magnify impact. Of the themes that were highlighted, UCLPartners’ ability to collaborate across healthcare, academia and industry stood out as a unique offer.

Attendees heard thoughts and perspectives from:

  • Prof Gywn Bevan, Professor of Policy Analysis at LSE and CLAHRC lead for diabetes, provided insight into behavioural economics through examples of empowering populations and creating social movements for change
  • Dr Caroline Stirling, UCLPartners lead and National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, talked about the opportunities to improve care for people in the community rather than in hospital
  • Prof Peter Fonagy, UCLPartners lead for mental health, highlighted the need to dramatically reform the way care is provided for children and young people with mental health issues
  • Prof Mike Roberts, UCLPartners lead for population health, highlighted opportunities to radically change the way healthcare professionals are trained in the future
  • Dr Amanda Begley, UCLPartners Director of Innovation and Implementation, shared learning from the NHS Innovation Accelerator and details of the national Technology and Innovation Tariff. Through working collectively, we can mobilise expertise and adopt these innovations to radically improve health outcomes and create efficiency savings.

We will be continuing this conversation with partners across the region to help co-design and develop our best approaches to supporting colleagues in STPs. For further information and to join the conversation please email us at

Read our guide on supporting sustainability and transformation in health and care, which includes examples of work across the partnership.