North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan Update

The health and care system across North Central London (NCL) - clinical commissioning groups, local authorities and NHS providers - are working together to develop an NCL-wide Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This will set out how local health and care services will transform and become sustainable over the next five years, building and strengthening local relationships and ultimately delivering the Five Year Forward View vision.  

For the NHS to meet the needs of future patients in a sustainable way, we need to close the gaps in health, finance and quality of care between where we are now and where we need to be in 2020/21. In order to create a better future for the NHS, we must make changes to how local people live, access care, and how this care is delivered. This doesn’t mean doing less for patients or reducing the quality of care provided. It means more preventative care; finding new ways to meet people’s needs; and identifying ways to do things more efficiently. All work is based on an NCL Case for Change  developed by the STP Clinical Cabinet. This is to ensure clinical expertise from a range of health and care professionals is reflected. 

The following organisations are working together on the NCL STP:

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington
  • Local Authorities: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington
  • Providers: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust; Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust; Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust; Central London Community Health Care NHS Trust; Great Ormond Street Hospital; Moorfields Eye Hospital; North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital; Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; University College London; Whittington Hospital 

The vision is:

  • To improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of North Central London and ensure sustainable health and social care services, built around the needs of local people.
  • To develop new models of care to achieve better outcomes for all; focused on prevention and out of hospital care.
  • To work in partnership to commission, contract and deliver services efficiently and safely.

The STP is an opportunity to continue to work together over the North Central London area (known as a ‘footprint’) and look at how this can be done better. This is a challenging piece of work, but the opportunities to improve care and the quality of health and care services are considerable. Plans are currently being developed on an iterative basis. A first submission was made to NHS England in June, setting out initial thinking which is now being refined and developed. A September 2016 Progress Update can be downloaded. A further submission is planned by the end of October and it is anticipated potential long term solutions will be discussed from early 2017. 

For further information on the NCL Sustainability and Transformation Plan, please contact the NCL STP team on

A public meeting is being held in Camden on 29 September – click here to find out more about coming along and sharing your views.