The main purpose of the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) is to improve everyone’s experience of access and care across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It will do this by basing all of its proposals on working in natural communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent with populations of 30-70,000 people.
Building the STP around these communities allows a whole range of services and organisations (including health and social care, councils and the voluntary sector) to come together, focus on the needs of the local population and provide the right care in that local area. This will offer a more joined-up approach to the needs of individual citizens and move away from individual organisations putting their own interests first.
Future proposals for Urgent and Emergency Care are also rooted in these local areas. GP practices and other existing services will collaborate to provide an efficient and accessible service to you in your community. Only after these services are more developed will it be possible to judge the overall needs for Accident and Emergency services.
This means that the STP has no plan to close any A&E at this point. However, once these changes are fully implemented and the right health and care is available closer to people’s homes, fewer people should need to visit A&Es, unless in the case of serious illness or injury.