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Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

What is the STP?

Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, health and care organisations are committed to always providing safe and effective services, but the way some services are run may need to change. This is because we have a growing population and rising demands on services, and we have to make sure we can do the best we can with the resources available.

This means:

  • Reducing duplication and make services easier to navigate and access

  • All of us doing more to support healthy living, or to self-care and manage aspects of our conditions

  • Providing more care at home or closer to home, reducing avoidable hospital admissions

  • Potentially travelling further for more specialist services so we can ensure they are safely and appropriately staffed with the right level of expertise. 

Due to the size of the challenge, health and social care bodies in Herefordshire and Worcestershire (and across the country) are working together to help make sure the NHS is safe and sustainable for the future.  This is called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) but it is really about implementing the NHS' Five Year Forward View.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP is currently a draft outline plan, the latest version was published in November 2016.

For more information about the STP please visit the Your Conversation website 

Building on local programmes

One Herefordshire

The organisations responsible for health and social care services in Herefordshire have committed to work together for “One Herefordshire”.

Together we will:

  • Prioritise safety, prevent ill health and promote self-help, for example people looking after themselves to stay as healthy as possible or looking after themselves when ill before it becomes an emergency

  • Recognise that our county has strong communities 

  • Work to reduce waste in our system and ensure that all our resources are used in the most effective way possible.

Worcestershire’s Well Connected programme

Well Connected was launched as Worcestershire’s response to the national directive to ensure integrated care was being developed locally to improve the way services were provided. Find out more

Supporting programme

Local Digital Roadmap (LDR)

A key element of the STP, are the health systems Local Digital Roadmaps and plans. Herefordshire and Worcestershire have developed a joint local digital roadmap with localised supporting delivery plans for their systems. We are working together across the two counties to maximise joint working opportunities to support the delivery of the STP and new model of care.

By April 2021 Herefordshire & Worcestershire will have a joined up digital strategy, with modern integrated technology ensuring 100 percent digital access and paperless care; thereby ensuring patients are empowered through technology, a connected infrastructure and joined up access channels, including telephony. 

An initial summary LDR for the two counties is provided in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Digital Roadmap


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