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.
Health leaders in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are speaking out to reassure patients that proposals to change urgent and emergency care services are designed to improve care for patients by providing them with convenient and appropriate alternatives to waiting in A&E if they have an urgent, but minor ailment.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years has been published today, Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback
This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December. Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. A summarised version of the STP has also been published today and the “you said we did” section demonstrates how health and care leaders are already taking that feedback on board.
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