Full story in The HSJ, 10 April 2018
Three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships have appointed a single leader and are aiming to become an integrated care system by April 2019.
HSJ revealed last year that the STPs for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham; Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby; and West, North and East Cumbria were in talks to form a single footprint.
The plan would have created the largest STP in the country covering a population of 3.2 million – overtaking the Greater Manchester STP that has a population of 2.8 million.
HSJ understands merger plans are still being discussed. Meanwhile, regional leaders have set out proposals to strengthen integration across the three STP footprints.