In December 2015, the NHS outlined a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations. To do this, every health and care system in England has to produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

To deliver the five year STP plans based on the needs of local populations, local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP ‘footprints’. Our footprint is made up of the local health and care economies of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West – hence BOB.

The footprint lead is the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group chief executive, David Smith.

Most of the transformation work will happen locally and our own Oxfordshire Healthcare Transformation Programme is already well underway. The BOB work programmes are in addition to, not a replacement for, local work. As such we have identified those programmes where working on a larger scale can enable change to be delivered faster.

The BOB STP will include key programmes and enabling work streams where we will work at scale across the footprint:

  • prevention focusing on child and adult obesity and exercise
  • urgent care
  • mental  health
  • workforce
  • digital interoperability

In December 2016 a draft of the BOB STP was published together with a summary of the full document. You can read the full draft plan here or the summary