The NHS and local councils have come together in 44 areas across England to develop proposals to improve health and care. They have formed new partnerships – known as sustainability and transformation partnerships – to plan jointly for the next few years.
In Sussex and East Surrey, our STP has 24 partners all working together to meet the changing needs of all the people who live in our area. We want to offer better health, better care and to ensure we make the most efficient use of our resources.
Our partners include local authorities, health and care providers and clinical commissioning groups. It is the first time we have all worked together in this way and gives us an opportunity to bring about significant improvements in health and care over the next five years, over and above the improvements that may already taking place in your local area.
The STP is a partnership and a way of working. It is not an organisation, or a single separate plan. It is a way of making sure that the partners’ plans are joined up and working together.
It aims to ensure that no part of the health and care system operates in isolation. We know that what happens in GP surgeries, for example, impacts on social care, which impacts on hospital wards, and so on. With services feeling the strain, working together gives our doctors, nurses and care staff the best chance of success.
One of our key priorities is to develop more community-based services, helping people to stay well closer to home. This will reduce demand on our hospitals, also enabling them to improve their specialist services.