What are STPs?STPs are local responses to the NHS £30 billion 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.
- 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
- The 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.
What you can do
- Be informed - read your local STP (you can find this via the blue box on the top right).
- Ask your manager how your service is linked into the STP.
- Please raise any concerns you may have about the impact of STP proposals on your community with your employer
- Contact your local MP
- Lobby your local councillors
- Find out when your local authority is holding an open meeting and go along to ensure you know what is happening and that your opinion is heard.
- Contribute to your local STP consultations.
- Tell people what is happening.