20. Northamptonshire

In October 2018, the chief executives of NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to all STP leaders instructing them to come up with new five year plans by autumn 2019. The new five-year plans will replace those which drawn up in 2016 based on the previous five-year funding settlement to 2020-21. The new five year STP will be developed based on a new NHS England budget.

The letter notes that “It will be extremely important that you develop your plans with the proper engagement of all parts of your local systems and that they provide robust and credible solutions for the challenges you will face in caring for your local populations over the next five years.”

NOTE: The information on this page relates to the original STP drawn up in 2016, however much of the information is still relevant and could be part of the new STP.

What concerns have been raised about your STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting the large deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

There is the possibility that acute services at Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital Trust will merge;

GP practices will develop into Federations or super-practices covering much larger numbers of patients.

Residents in Northamptonshire will be affected by the downgrade of Horton Hospital, Banbury planned by the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP. This includes the removal of many services from the hospital and transfer to the John Radcliffe in Oxford.

Corby Urgent Care Centre was under threat of closure; new plans now will downgrade the centre from walk-in to appointment only

Changes in who organises our care

The Northamptonshire STP plans a merger of primary and social care across the area with the development of four multispeciality community providers (MCP).