Making online GP consultations a reality in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

People living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will soon find it easier to access appointments with their GP, thanks to the implementation of online consultation systems across the city and county.

Partners of Together We’re Better, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, are working to make GP online consultations a reality across the patch, offering alternative options to patients and carers, whilst saving time and money in general practice.

National funds have been released to stimulate the use of online consultation systems in the area, as part of the General Practice Forward View (GPFV). These systems, which improve access for patients and make the best use of clinicians’ time, have proved popular with patients of all ages at a national level and can free up capacity for GPs to spend more time providing more complex care for those who need it.

Together We're Better Chair Sir Neil McKay appointed as Chair of neighbouring STP

NHS England has announced that Sir Neil McKay has been appointed as the Chair of the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Sir Neil will also continue in his role as the Chair of our local Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP, Together We’re Better.

With extensive experience of healthcare operations and strategic development, he has operated at the highest levels in the NHS and has undertaken some of the most complex and demanding system leadership roles in the country. He is known for his work with a number of STPs and is ideally placed to support the two counties to deliver their ambitious priorities.