18 December 2016

Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Plan provides a new vision for long-term sustainable health and care for people across Cheshire and Merseyside

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cheshire and Merseyside, sets out how the health and care system can remain fit for the future and respond successfully to the growing demands that are being placed on it, alongside ambitious ideas to improve the health of people living and working in the region.

The STP sets out a shared core purpose to ensure that the people of Merseyside and Cheshire become healthier than they are now and can continue to have access to safe, good quality and sustainable services.

The plan represents the thoughts and ambitions of more than 30 different organisations serving a population of over 2.5 million people. The next will refine the ideas further, through engagement with local communities, the NHS workforce and other stakeholders such as local councils and the voluntary sector.

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To access the STP, a summary document, Frequently Asked Questions and a number of appendices, please click here.

For any queries or comments please get in touch by emailing mlcsu.cmstp@nhs.net

The STP is the local approach to delivering the national plan called the Five Year Forward View, which, published in 2014 sets out a vision for a better NHS, the steps that should be taken to get there and how everyone involved needs to work together to improve health and care.

There are 44 STPs being developed across the country to address the current challenges faced by health and care nationally. Much more focus is needed on preventative care; working together to find new ways of meeting people’s needs and identifying ways of doing things more effectively and efficiently. Overall, all partners need to work together to improve health, finance and quality of care to meet the future needs of patients. Cheshire and Merseyside is the second largest of these covering an area with a population of 2.5 million people.

Cheshire and Merseyside is a diverse region; with urban areas that have higher levels of poor health and a greater concentration of hospital services, alongside towns and rural areas that have different challenges, including physical access to services.

There are some ideas that are being considered across the whole region. However, due to the diversity of Cheshire and Merseyside, we are also working in three smaller partnerships called Local Delivery Systems (LDS) – North Mersey; the Alliance (Mid Mersey) and Cheshire & Wirral.

Read the Cheshire & Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan here 

Read FAQs here