Innovative local health and care hubs feature in new national report

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Two local health and care hubs have been singled out as examples of innovation and excellence in a national report.

Northfield Village in Stafford and the proposed development of the Outwoods site at Queen’s Hospital in Burton have appeared as case studies in a report looking into how the NHS can best manage its estate in the future.

The report – entitled ‘Laying the foundations for place based health and social care’ – praises Northfield as a “bold new model of integrated services”, while the Strategic Transformational, Real Innovation, Delivery Excellence (STRIDE) scheme at Outwoods is highlighted as an pioneering example of how an NHS trust can use its estate to develop an integrated ‘health village’ to benefit the local community.

New vision launched by Together We’re Better

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Together We're Better has launched a new vision to provide clear direction on what the partners are working together to achieve.

Senior leaders, clinicians and lay members of local NHS, local government and independent organisations this week threw their collective support behind Together We’re Better’s new vision statement:

“Working with you to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work.”

Improving poor cancer survival rates and providing better support in recovery

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Partners of Together We’re Better, the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, will improve the lives of local people living with and beyond cancer, thanks to new funding provided by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Working with GPs across Staffordshire, the aim is to increase the number of people taking up the offer of screening. This will help diagnose cancer early and improve the chances of the treatment working. Too many people are being diagnosed with cancer in accident and emergency departments as they are only seeking help when they are experiencing pain or discomfort.

New approach to reduce hospital admissions due to falls

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The number of frail older people needing to attend hospital in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is set to reduce, thanks to a new approach developed to identify people at risk of falling.

The new approach, or ‘pathway’ as it is sometimes called, is a result of joint work between local health, care, prevention and wellbeing services and is being made possible by the partnership transforming health and social care for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Together We’re Better.

Experiences and views about local maternity services shared at Together We’re Better event

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Pregnant women, new parents and their families shared their experiences and views about maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The event on July 13 was held by the Pan Staffordshire Maternity Transformation Programme, which aims to implement the recommendations from NHS England’s Better Births maternity review and forms part of the Together We’re Better Children, Young People and Maternity Programme.

Role of digital in transforming health and care the focus of major Together We’re Better conference

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The critical role that digital innovation and technology will play in the transformation of health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent was highlighted at a regional conference hosted by Together We’re Better.

Health and care professionals from across the area attended the first Together We’re Better Digital Conference to learn more about how digital can and is being utilised to enhance services and improve peoples’ lives.

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

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A revolutionary new way of providing health and care is on the way in 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 patients will no longer have to repeat information to different health and care professionals and avoid having to undergo unnecessary duplication of tests – leading to fewer delays in receiving the right care.

Your Care Connected will also empower people to have greater control of their care by enabling them to view their patient record online, while health and care professionals will, for the first time, be able to access an individual’s record wherever they are based.

Together We're Better partners celebrate the NHS at 70

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NHS staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS in July, with over 30 events having already taken place across the patch.

The events have been hosted by the partners of Together We’re Better, which is made up of NHS and local government organisations, and mainly included tea parties, in keeping with the national NHS England Big7Tea theme. Tea parties have been held in various towns across the City and County, and included special guests, such as the Mayor of Tamworth.

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.