Full planning guidance for the National Health Service from England's leading national health and care bodies was published in March 2016. This guidance sets out the steps to help local organisations deliver a sustainable, transformed health service and improve the quality of care, wellbeing and NHS finance. This includes some specific guidance on the use of the Sustainability and Transformation Fund and confirms that mental health providers will not receive allocations from the general element of the Sustainability and Transformation fund.
In 2016-17 the fund is being used to help sustain services facing significant financial challenges, and the greatest need is in the acute sector.
All trusts, including mental health trusts, will be able to bid for the separate targeted element of the fund.