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Northamptonshire Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP)

The Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) sets out how health and social care in our county will change over the next five years.

In response to the NHS England Five Year Forward View (published in 2014), 44 areas across the country were asked to produce a five year forward plan to show how health and social care will become sustainable over the next five years. These plans are known as a Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP). Northamptonshire is one of the 44 areas.

On Wednesday 7 December 2016, Northamptonshire’s health and social care organisations published their collaborative five year plan to reshape and improve the way that care is delivered within the county.

John Wardell, Senior Responsible Officer, Northamptonshire STP Programme, explains why this review of the whole health and social care system is necessary.

“We need to work together to ensure that all health and social care services are financially sustainable so that in the future we can continue to deliver high-quality care for the people of Northamptonshire.

The Northamptonshire footprint is a varied one. Our region has a mix of urban and rural with significant population growth predicted. The health and social care system as it is simply won’t be able to cope with the increased demands that will come in the future. Our STP provides us with an opportunity to get involved in the renewal of our health and social care system and secure its future.

A lot needs to happen in the next five years in order to develop a sustainable system that works for all who use it and work within it. This document presents a first look at where we need to get to and the health and social care community’s ideas about how we will achieve that.

At this stage it is too early to say what that may mean for staff or what the services may look like to the patients who will access them, but the STP is a collaborative process. We need the people of Northamptonshire to take part in the consultation process over the next few years, so that we can make sure that the future of health and social care in Northamptonshire meets the needs of the people who will use it.”

This plan has been developed with doctors, other care professionals and members of the public. It is still work in progress and more detail will emerge as it takes shape. As this happens, there will be more opportunities for people to contribute and comment.

Kate Holt, General Manager of Healthwatch Northamptonshire, says:

"At this point the STP is a high level plan and we expect to see full public consultation and engagement as the plan develops for Northamptonshire. Healthwatch Northamptonshire will continue to be a critical friend and ensure the people of Northamptonshire have their say in how their services are run in the future."

If you want to be involved with future engagement you can email your details to us at: enquiries@healthwatchnorthamptonshire.co.uk or telephone us on 0300 002 0010.

If you have a question about the plan as a patient, carer or citizen of Northamptonshire, you can email the STP team directly at northamptonshirestp@nhs.net.

Further reading:

Northamptonshire STP webpage

NHS England Five Year Forward View

NHS England STP page


Northamptonshire’s Sustainability And Transformation Plan 2016-2021: How we will Support Local People To Flourish - Summary

Northamptonshire Sustainability And Transformation Plan - full document

STP Press release 7 Dec 2016