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RCN North West Region

Sustainability and Transformation Plans 

STPs are local responses to the NHS ¬£30bn funding gap. 

This is the difference between funds needed to maintain current NHS services, and what the Government is proposing to spend by 2020/21. 

STPs outline how local savings will be made. On average, each STP area must make provision for saving around ¬£450m by 20/21. 

In order to make these savings, STPs aim to change the way care is delivered across the country.

Common themes:

  • Move more care to local community and social care
  • More integration of health and social care
  • Review specialised services
  • Prevention, proactive care and personal responsibility

National picture

Five Year Forward View

North West STPs

See what is planned for your area

Cheshire and Merseyside 

Greater Manchester

Lancashire and South Cumbria

Take Action!

Raise your concerns about the impact of STP proposals on your community:

  • Attend Local Authority open meetings
  • Attend or contribute to a local STP consultation meeting
  • Contribute to online staff or public 'conversations'
  • Attend your local Council meeting 
  • Attend your local Healthwatch or Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting
  • Contact your MP 
  • Lobby your Local Councillors

RCN view

  • RCN will not support anything that compromises patient care
  • Nurses and workforce are crucial to safe staffing
  • Money saving must not be the main driver
  • Essential community services and social care must be properly funded
  • Nursing staff must be consulted

Read more about the RCN's view