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New vision for ‘A Healthier Future’ for Hertfordshire and west Essex

A wide-ranging plan to improve health and care in Hertfordshire and west Essex has been published today. 

Called a ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ (STP), the Hertfordshire and west Essex publication ‘A Healthier Future’ brings together the challenges and opportunities that face NHS and care services in Hertfordshire and west Essex as they work together to improve health and wellbeing within the funds available.     

A Healthier Future - Summary

Across England, NHS and social care organisations have been encouraged to work more closely together to deliver more effective, joined-up and affordable services.

In Hertfordshire and west Essex, councils, health and ambulance services, GPs, patient representative groups and the voluntary and community sector have been asked by the NHS to produce an improvement plan for the next five years. 

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Making our vision a reality 

The growing health and social care needs of our population can only be met using the funding available if the NHS and social care services work together with you to achieve this.

We have identified four key challenges:

1. Living well and preventing ill-health

2. Transforming primary and community services

3. Improving urgent and hospital services

4. Providing health and care more efficiently and effectively

Download our summary 'A Healthier Future'

When I need to go hospital, I will see a specialist with the expertise, equipment and experience to treat my condition. I won’t have to stay in hospital for longer than I need to.