In December 2015, the NHS shared planning guidance 16/17 – 20/21 outlined a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations.
In order to do this effectively, England has been divided into 44 geographical footprints. The health and care services within each of these footprints are working together to create a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which will show how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years.
STPs footprints are not statutory bodies, but collective discussion forums which aim to bring together health and care leaders to support the delivery of improved health and care based on the needs of local populations. They do not replace existing local bodies, or change local accountabilities.
²gether NHS Foundation Trust provides services in both Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Therefore, we come under two STP footprints (Gloucestershire and Herefordshire & Worcestershire) and are involved with creating and delivering two seperate sustainability and transformation plans.
Find out more about the plans below: