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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

Workforce Programme – Think Tank event focusses on recruitment and retention of health and care staff

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Every health and care system in the country is facing challenges in terms of recruitment and retention of staff and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is no different.

Seeking to address this, the Workforce programme held a successful Think Tank session to discuss how to attract a new generation of staff to live and work in the area.

Representatives from 30 organisations across the local health and social care system came together at the event to discuss how best to tackle the recruitment and retention challenges facing the local area.

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

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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.

Health and care leaders agree timeline for Together We’re Better public engagement

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The six Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have agreed a timeline for the next phases of engagement by Together We’re Better (TWB), the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

The CCGs’ Governing Bodies approved the recommendation from TWB’s Health and Care Transformation Board (HCTB) for full public engagement to provisionally start in May 2019. This will be the beginning of a thorough process to develop proposals jointly with local communities, health and care staff and local groups that will form the basis of any formal consultation.

TWB is the partnership of NHS and local government bodies in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area. Local Healthwatch partners also have a seat at the decision-making table.

“Don’t get flu, get immunised” GPs urge

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GPs from around Staffordshire are urging patients in vulnerable groups to get flu-fit as winter approaches.

Flu is unpleasant whoever you are; but for people in certain groups it is especially important to get immunised against flu as the impact can be more serious and lead to complications. Most adults will get a simple jab; children get a nasal spray.

Dr Mo Huda, a Staffordshire GP said: “I’ve had the jab because I don’t want to risk getting flu or passing it on to patients. I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell.”

Video animation launched to show benefits of joined up work of health and care professionals

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Local health and care providers have joined forces to launch a video animation which demonstrates a new, joined up way of working being implemented across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Integrated care teams (ICTs) focus on people receiving seamless joined up care which is based around the needs of a whole person.

Bill’s story articulates the concept and benefits of ICTs which have been developed by the enhanced primary and community care (EPCC) programme of Together We’re Better; Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Together We’re Better leaders visit staff delivering integrated care

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Together We're Better's Chairman and Executive Director received a first hand look at how Integrated Care Teams are helping to improve services for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Integrated Care Teams (ICTs) are being developed to:

  • Make it easier for health and social care staff to work across different organisations and with the voluntary sector
  • Be reflective of the needs of their population
  • Help people remain independent and at home for as long as possible

There are four early implementers across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent - Leek/Biddulph, Lichfield/Burntwood, Longton/Meir and Stafford.