Staffordshire's GPs are being encouraged to recruit extra pharmacists to work in their surgeries. Why would that be a good idea? Let’s find out from Dr Muni Hussain of the Pharmacy Local Professional Network.
Created as part of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), a group made up of pharmacists, GPs, clinical commissioning groups and patients from across the county is to offer support and guidance to GP practices to apply for national funding to recruit clinical pharmacists to work in their surgeries.
Dr Bill Gowans, Medical Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP
“The vision for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of helping people to stay well, and to receive the majority of the care they need closer to home. This involves looking at how we can get the right services out into the community and help people live healthier lives. If we can get that right, then a trip to A&E should go back to being for accidents and emergencies only, rather than what it has slowly become, which is the default option for urgent care.
The Chairs and Chief Executives of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust (SSOTP) are entering into an ‘enhanced partnership’ arrangement to ensure improved patient care for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Chair of NHS Improvement, Ed Smith writes the latest in a series blogs focusing on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and questions how to take the right approach to planning.
You can read the blog in full here.
BBC Radio Stoke has interviewed Andrew Donald, Accountable Officer of Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups, about the challenges currently facing the NHS and the changes that need to be made via initiatives such as STPs to improve services.
In November and December 2016, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire hosted ‘Conversation’ events that presented an opportunity for the public to hear about why, nationally, all areas are producing Sustainability and Transformation Plans, what our local health and care challenges are, and the main areas of work being focussed on as part of the STP work in our area. Those present then had the opportunity to ask questions and set out their comments.
NHS England recently 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 here.
Patients and members of the public can now apply to join Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) patient reference groups. The creation of the patient reference groups are the next stage in the STP following the series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events, hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December 2016, which were attended by more than 200 people.