Stepping Up Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leadership programme a great success

A leadership programme that is empowering black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) health and care staff to embrace leadership roles in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is already proving a huge success.

More than 20 existing and aspiring BAME leaders from across the local health and care system are looking to the future with a renewed zeal after becoming the first group to complete the Staffordshire Stepping Up programme.

Utilising the NHS Leadership Academy’s Stepping Up programme, it is coordinated by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and forms part of the Organisational Development (OD) programme run by the Together We’re Better health and care partnership across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Patients with long-term heart failure benefit as Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent chosen for funding

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has received £1.2m of new NHS funding to utilise innovative digital technologies and treatments that could lead to thousands of fewer hospital admissions nationally.

The area is one of seven locations nationwide to become part of the NHS Test Beds programme. Clinicians at Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent will look specifically at how they can improve care for patients with chronic long-term heart failure.

The team at Royal Stoke will combine three new digital technologies to help reduce A&E admissions for patients with chronic long-term heart failure. They will do this by coordinating community-based clinical interventions with patients who report deteriorating symptoms.