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Integrated care in England: Eastern region

Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs)

There are six STPs in the RCN Eastern region area. The plans cover the period 2016 to 2021 and set out how each area is intending to reform health and social care services to meet future demands and overcome a funding shortfall of £22bn across the NHS in England over this period. The RCN is concerned that without extra funding to ensure there is sufficient provision to realise 'the right care in the right place at the right time' aspiration of the plans, there is a risk they will not deliver their intended outcomes for patients and service users. 
RCN Eastern staff are actively involved in monitoring the region’s STPs, meeting with key players and seeking to make sure that the voice of nursing is heard in their development and implementation. Here is a summary of the most recent updates from the STPs:

You can find out more about what has been happening in these STPs and how RCN Eastern has been involved by visiting our STP Blog page 

View a list of all STPs on the NHS England website.

Read about the RCN's view on STPs.


An East Anglia devolution deal was published in March 2016. Since then two deals within the region have been proposed – Norfolk/Suffolk and Cambridgeshire/Peterborough.

The proposed Norfolk/Suffolk deal has been endorsed by all councils in Suffolk and some in Norfolk. Other Norfolk councils have decided not to press on with a combined authority at this stage. All the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils have agreed their proposed deal. Details are awaited on the extent to which devolution will cover health and social care.

Elsewhere in the Eastern region discussions continue about potential devolution proposals and what shape, if any, deals in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire will take.

More information about devolution in East Anglia is available here:

Vanguard sites

The Eastern region has two vanguard sites piloting new models of care in different areas and health care settings.

Click on the links for information about each one.

Urgent and emergency care – new approaches to improve the coordination of services and reduce pressure on A&E departments.

Enhanced health in care homes – offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.

Networks and Forums

Find out more about Networks and Forums in the Royal College of Nursing.

Page last updated - 03/08/2019