Black, Asian and minority ethnic under-representation in the NHS to be addressed with new leadership programme

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A new leadership programme is being launched to address imbalances in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME/BME) representation in leadership roles at every level within healthcare across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The programme, Staffordshire Stepping Up, will support existing and aspiring BAME leaders to further develop leadership skills, as well as developing enhanced skills to assist with career progression.

National attention for home-grown innovations that are helping people with long-term conditions

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Once again, locally-developed pioneering approaches to using technology in healthcare have been showcased at a national level.  

More than 15 million people in England have a long-term condition (such as high blood pressure, depression, dementia and arthritis) – a health problem that can’t be cured but can be controlled by medication or other therapies. This figure is set to increase over the next 10 years, particularly those people with three or more conditions at once. 

With this in mind, primary care (general practice) across the country is focusing on developing confidence, capability and capacity (dubbed the three ‘Cs’) in the workforce in order to cope with increasing demands on services. One solution is to embrace technology that can improve efficiency and also to empower patients to take more responsibility for their own health condition(s).

In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, this evolved with the addition of a further four ‘Cs’ (competence, creativity, communication and continuity) for using technology to help patients take control of their long-term conditions and lifestyle habits.

Pioneering Physician Associate programme going from strength to strength in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is leading the way nationally thanks to a pioneering internship programme which is helping to support local general practice and other healthcare providers.

The Staffordshire Physician Associate (PA) Internship is the first initiative of its kind to offer structured placements for groups of PAs within primary and secondary care along with a structured teaching programme.

The first group of PAs to have completed the programme are now working alongside local GPs and other healthcare professionals. Further cohorts of students are coming to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent from across the country to embark on the internship.

Experiences and views about maternity services being sought at local workshop event

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Do you have experience of using mental health services in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent during pregnancy and/or up to your baby’s first birthday? If so, the Together We're Better Pan Staffordshire Maternity Voices Partnership would like to hear from you. They are holding a Perinatal Mental Health Stakeholder Event on Thursday 28th June in Stoke-on-Trent, which aims to gather feedback from women and their families about their experiences. This information will then be used to shape services in the future.

Raise a cuppa and help design the NHS for the next 70 years

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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.

The NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday on 5th July and Together We’re Better, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), would like you to hold a tea party and, over a cuppa, share your experiences of what is good about the NHS and what needs to change.

These celebrations, dubbed ‘Staffordshire Tea Party’ and ‘Stoke-on-Trent Tea Party’, will provide an excellent opportunity for local people to help shape the NHS for the next 70 years.

Together We’re Better successful in new funding to support more people with mental health problems to gain employment

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New funding has been secured to support dozens more people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who experience serious mental illness to find and retain work.

The Together We’re Better partnership of NHS and local government organisations that is working to transform health and care services in the area has been successful in bidding for more than £200,000 from NHS England to expand individual placement and support (IPS) services.

The funding for 2018/19 will build on the successful work of Step On, provided by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and the Staffordshire Employment Service, run by national charity Making Space. Both are among a small number of IPS services in the country that are centres of excellence.

New mothers and mums-to-be to benefit from extra funding for mental health services

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New and expectant mothers and those trying to conceive will benefit from a major investment in mental health services.

Around 20 per cent of women experience mental health difficulties while they are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or during the first year following the birth of their baby. This covers a wide range of conditions and if left untreated can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman and her family.

Now £833,000 is to be invested in improving perinatal mental health services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire that will directly help around 850 mothers by 2021.

The funding will provide greater community services and improve access to existing services for more women.

Together We’re Better Chair tours local community hospitals

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The Independent Chairman of the Together We’re Better partnership of NHS and local government organisations in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been out and about visiting community hospitals in the north of the county.

Sir Neil McKay has been visiting Leek and Cheadle community hospitals in the Moorlands,  Haywood and Longton hospitals in Stoke-on-Trent, and Bradwell Hospital in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

As well as receiving a tour, Sir Neil has also been meeting with campaigners at each hospital to listen to their views.