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Why should STPs worry about primary care?

Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) have a tough job to do – focused on making the books balance, hamstrung by provider deficits, trying to make an unsustainable system sustainable.

Yet the majority of patient contacts and opportunity for upstream intervention is in primary care, most obviously general practice but also community pharmacies, dentists and optometrists. In this article, PCC chief executive Helen Northall makes the case for better understanding of and engagement with primary care by STPs.