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.

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.

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.