NHS England has released its first rankings of the 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) across the country.
The five STPs rated as "outstanding" are: Dorset; Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby; Frimley Heath; Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton; South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. Another 20 are rated as “advanced”, 14 are “making progress”, and the remaining 5 "needs most improvement".
The rating is driven by indicators in three broad areas: hospital performance, patient-focused change, and transformation. These are measured in nine domains: emergency care, elective care, safety, general practice, mental health, cancer, prevention, finance and system leadership.