What is the STP?
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.