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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

29 July 2016


Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) health and care communities have come together to formulate a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP),as part of a national drive to improve health and well-being, care quality, and affordability across the NHS.

The BLMK STP is one of 44 health and care ‘footprints’ in England, bringing organisations together to develop plans to support the delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The plans will show how local services will evolve, develop and become clinically and financially sustainable over the next five years (to 2020/21).

Sixteen different organisations are formally part of the BLMK STP planning footprint. This includes all four councils who, like NHS organisations, play a vital role in the health and well-being of local people. 

The BLMK STP is led by Pauline Philip, chief executive of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and national lead for urgent and emergency care. 

Submitting the draft BLMP STP footprint plan on 30 June 2016

All 44 STPs were required to submit a draft plan on 30 June 2016. These draft plans explore ideas and possibilities for transformational change to support improved health and well-being, service quality and affordabilty.

The BLMK draft plan sets out the STP’s priorities in delivering the triple aim. These priorities are:

Priority 1: illness prevention and health improvement: Preventing ill health and improving good health by giving people the knowledge and tools, individually and through local communities, to manage their own health effectively

Priority 2: primary, community and social care: Delivering high quality and resilient primary, community and social care services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

Priority 3: secondary care: Delivering high quality and sustainable secondary (hospital) care services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

Priority 4: digitisation: Working together to create a digital platform across BLMK, maximising the use of information and communication systems and technology. Enabling health and social care professionals to share care records so that all relevant information is available to inform clinical and care practice, whether in hospital, in the community or at home. 

Priority 5: demand management and commissioning: Working together to make sure the right services are available in the right place, at the right time for everyone using health and social care in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

It is important to note that these are exploratory draft plans that will be subject to discussion with, amongst others, NHS England and NHS Improvement in the coming weeks.  Whilst the plans have already benefitted from the invovlement of a number of stakeholders, they will be released locally for the full involvement of local communities, staff and other stakeholders once those discussions are complete.


Because the plans are draft, they will not be published at this stage, but will be in the future. All BLMK partners (listed below) agreed the submisison of the draft plan.

The Health Care Review in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

There is an ongoing Health Care Review in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, examining potential service configurations between Bedford Hospital and Milton Keynes University Hospital. Discussions are currently underway to ensure the direction of travel for this Review is consistent with the STP.

Next Steps

Following submisison on 30 June 2016, the draft plans from all 44 STPs across the country will be reviewed and considered by NHS England and NHS Improvement,amongst others. National leads will discuss the principles and priorities outlined in the draft plans with local STP leads.

The plans will continue to be developed locally, with the involvement of local communities, staff and other stakeholders. The timeframe for this is not currently confirmed.

Regular briefings will be issued to all BLMK partners.

The STP’s nine current work streams (health promotion and illness prevention; urgent and emergency care; primary, community and social care; workforce; shared care records, digitisation and assistive technology; new models of care; clinical support services; back office services and health and social care estate), will continue and will consider potential next steps in supporting the development of the five key priorities over the coming weeks.

BLMK Partners

The following health and local authority bodies are members of the BLMK STP:

1.         Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

2.         Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3.         Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4.         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

5.         Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

6.         Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group

7.         Bedford Borough Council

8.         Central Bedfordshire Council

9.         Luton Borough Concil

10.      Milton Keynes Council

11.      South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (community health services provider for Bedfordshire)

12.      Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (community and mental health services provider for Milton Keynes)

13.      Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (community health services provider for Luton)

14.      East London NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services provider for Bedfordshre and Luton)

15.      East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

16.      South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust


To contact the STP please email communications@mkuh.nhs.uk

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