NHS 70

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Together We’re Better, the partnership transforming health and social care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, is inviting local people to help shape the NHS for the next 70 years.

Health and care staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been celebrating NHS70 in a number of ways, including holding Big7Tea parties where experiences of what is good about the NHS and what needs to change have been shared.

You can still hold an event to mark this historic occasion - the NHS nationally has created packs for Big7Tea events and you can register for one of these packs via www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk.

Together We’re Better has created an online form for you to share with us what is discussed. This form can be found here. All of the ideas will be considered by our Health and Care Transformation Board and the best ones considered for implementation.

Be sure to include the hashtag #StaffsTeaParty or #StokeTeaParty to post your best ideas for the future of the NHS, as well as any photographs of your event.

Simon Whitehouse, Together We’re Better Director, said: “The 70th birthday of the NHS will kick off the next phase of engagement for Together We’re Better, as we seek ideas from local people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who have used local health services before. We welcome any ideas for improvement, and these tea parties are a great way to get together and discuss how we can make local health and care services fit for the next 70 years.”

If you would like to throw a tea party, or are planning to celebrate in another way, please let Together We’re Better know via togetherwe’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Alannah Copeland, Communications and Engagement Officer, on 07970 631322.

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Your Care Connected – a new integrated electronic care record on the way for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

A revolutionary new way of providing health and care is on the way for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Your Care Connected is a new electronic system which will link NHS and local government organisations more closely than ever before in order to provide the best possible care.

The new digital shared care record means you:

  • Will no longer have to repeat information to different health and care professionals
  • Can avoid having to undergo unnecessary duplication of tests – leading to fewer delays in receiving the right care
  • Empower you to have greater control of your care by enabling you to view yoir patient record online.

Health and care professionals will also, for the first time, be able to access an individual’s record wherever they are based.

There will be a phased approach to the new system, with the first phase due to launch later this year.

Shared health and care information will include such things as:

  • Test results
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Referrals and diagnoses
  • Relevant social or mental health information.

Information will be held securely and will only be shared with local health and care professionals involved in an individual’s care, such as a GP, district nurse, social worker or doctor.

Anyone who does not wish to have their information shared in this way will have the option to opt out.

Your Care Connected is being spearheaded by Together We’re Better, the partnership of NHS and local government organisations that is working to transform health and care services in the area.

National information

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The NHS and local government have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals and make improvements to health and care. These proposals, called sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), are place-based and built around the needs of the local population.

This page contains the national information regarding the STP that you may find useful.

NHS England STP Animation

NHS England has published an online animation explaining how and why STP proposals are trying to improve health and care for patients.

You can now watch the animation below:


They have also published a blog post here by Dr Arvind Madan, NHS England’s Director of Primary Care, discussing the benefits of bringing care closer to people’s homes. Further materials will be published over the coming weeks, including more blog posts, some case studies setting out what individual STPs might mean for patients, and infographics reinforcing the main points of the animation.

It is hoped that this will assist local STP areas to build understanding and support for the rationale and potential benefits of STPs among staff, patients and other important groups.

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Programme overview

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 We think there are two steps to achieving the care you deserve:

1. Affordable care (The next 1-5 years)

2. Tranforming care (The next 3-5 years)

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