Second Symphony of Hidden Voices Inclusion Conference a success

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The second Symphony for Hidden Voices Inclusion Conference was held on 7 September.

The conference was hosted by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and supports the work of Together We're Better's Organisational Development and Leadership programme.

It saw the launch of TWB's Stepping Up Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leadership Programme, which supports existing and aspiring BAME leaders to further develop their skills.

Keynote speaker for the event was award-winning nurse Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, while other speakers spoke about how their lives have been shaped in different ways by their experiences of both inclusion and exclusion.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent set to be at the forefront of NHS digital revolution

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A Staffordshire town is to become one of only five areas of the country to test the official NHS app for patients that will be at the forefront of the digital healthcare revolution.

The app, which it is hoped to rollout nationally next year, will undergo ‘beta testing’ in Staffordshire until the end of the year. Patients with either iOS or Android smartphones will be able to use it to:

  • Book and manage appointments
  • Order repeat prescriptions
  • Check symptoms and get advice
  • Sign up to become an organ donor

The announcement was made by Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent patients benefiting from more flexible GP appointments

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Patients across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are now able to access primary care services for longer under a new NHS initiative. 

Additional appointments are being made available to patients during weekday evenings and at weekends from September 1. 

GPs are working together to offer extended opening hours for same day and pre-bookable appointments for an additional four hours per day until 8pm each week day and Saturday and Sunday mornings.

All practices must be able to direct patients to the service and offer a choice of evening or weekend appointments in the same way they offer core hours appointments.

Latest perinatal mental health workshop being held by Together We're Better to listen to local views about local maternity services

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The Pan Staffordshire Maternity Transformation Programme is holding its latest Perinatal Mental Health workshop on Monday 17 September. Pregnant women, new parents and their families are invited to share their experiences and views about maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at the event, held from 10am-2pm at The Chartley Room, The Northfield Centre, Magnolia Avenue, Stafford, ST16 3DU.

The programme 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.

New era of integrated health and care to better support people to lead healthier lives

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Health and care services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are embarking on a new era of integrated working to ensure people are better supported to lead healthier and more independent lives.

Integrated Care Teams (ICTs) are being introduced by the Together We’re Better partnership of NHS, local government and independent organisations – with each one serving a community of between 30,000-70,000 people based around neighbouring GP practices.

Each team will bring together a range of primary, community and mental health services, alongside social care professionals and the voluntary and independent sector – enabling a coordinated approach to improving the health of the community they serve.

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.