Why do we need STPs?
There are growing pressures on the health and care system,
nationally and locally. The proportion of older people is rising
and more people are living with complex conditions. This is
contributing to an increased demand for services.
For services to be sustainable, we also need to
get better at preventing disease, not just treating it, and
encourage everyone to take responsibility to manage their own
STPs will set out how health and care services will work in
partnership to develop plans that will enable us to continue to
meet the health needs of our local population at a time of
increasing demand and constrained resources.
How many are there?
Local health and care systems came together in January
2016 to form 44 STP 'footprints'.
Leaders from different NHS and care organisations in each
footprint (e.g. NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups,
Councils, GPs, private health providers) are now working
together in partnership to develop STPs, which meet the needs of
their local population.
Download the map of STP footprints in
STPs footprints are not statutory bodies, but collective
discussion forums. They do not replace existing local bodies, or
change local accountabilities.