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Hunt reveals draft STP capital funding

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Which STPs have been selected to receive capital funding announced in the 2017 spring Budget?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed which sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are expected to receive £325m of the capital funding announced in the Budget.

The funding is said to be aimed at the strongest and most advanced STP schemes based on an assessment of hospital performance, patient-focused change and transformation.

The sums to be provided have yet to be finalised pending an assessment of the proposed business plans, but the Health Service Journal has published a list of STPs expected to receive the money (see below).

In a comment that may reflect the relatively small size of the sums involved, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the money was a ‘first down payment’ of ‘much-needed investment’ in modern equipment and NHS facilities.

It represented Department of Health and NHS England backing practical plans developed by doctors, nurses and local NHS leaders. More capital funding is promised for the autumn and beyond, he added.

Where is the capital investment going?

Health Service Journal reporters said the areas expected to receive the funds would include:

  • Dorset — at least £100m to implement a major consolidation of emergency and planned care services between Bournemouth and Poole hospitals
  • Greater Manchester — up to £50m for consolidating emergency general surgery at four hospitals and up to £30m to build a new major trauma centre at Salford Royal Hospital
  • West, North and East Cumbria — up to £105m for a new cancer centre and equipment at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, as well as refurbishment and rebuilding work at West Cumberland Hospital and eight integrated care hubs
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria — up to £30m to modernise mental health facilities and expand accident and emergency facilities at the Royal Blackburn Hospital
  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw — up to £10m to improve acute hospital facilities
  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland — up to £50m for an inpatient unit at Glenfield General Hospital, to bring specialist mental health provision together with other services, and to expand intensive care at University Hospitals of Leicester Foundation Trust
  • Hereford and Worcestershire — up to £30m to upgrade maternity wards, theatres and children’s services at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and expand general and acute surgery. The Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is to see improvements to elective care, endoscopy and children’s outpatients, and upgraded theatres
  • Derbyshire — up to £40m to expand the emergency department at Royal Derby Hospital and co-locate mental health assessment, GP care and out of hours services, and a new centre combining community services, outpatient clinics, testing and diagnostics, and specialist rehabilitation
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire — up to £15m to improve and expand access to primary, community and social care
  • Mid and South Essex — up to £15m to expand diagnostics and improve outpatient services
  • Suffolk and North East Essex — up to £10m for a new primary care hub in North Clacton and to relocate a GP surgery in West Suffolk
  • Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton — up to £5m for a primary care hub
  • Norfolk and Waveney — up to £5m to fund acute mental health beds
  • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West — up to £5m for a rapid assessment and treatment centre and observation unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital
  • North East London — up to £5m for redesigning the urgent care centre at King George’s Hospital

Further information

Department of Health: £325m invested in NHS transformation projects

HSJ: Revealed: ‘strongest’ STPs share £325m of new investment

NHS England: Patients to benefit from £325m investment in NHS transformation projects