Staffordshire system review sets challenges that health and care will meet

Health and care leaders across Staffordshire today welcomed the publication by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of a report into services for older people in the county.

The CQC’s Staffordshire System Review is unveiled today (Friday December 14) and follows an inspection carried out in the autumn.

It comes to a number of conclusions. These include:

  • People are mainly satisfied with the quality of services provided once they received them
  • Older people living in Staffordshire had varied experiences of health and social care services
  • Leaders are working together with strong leadership and clear shared vison
  • People were being supported to remain in their own home but provision varies
  • A&E attendances for people over 65 were similar to the national average but higher than comparator area averages
  • There had been improvements but older residents can still experience delay coming out of hospital and accessing suitable care and support in the community
  • Care home choice can be restricted and quality varies.

The review does underline the commitment to improve that is being led by the county’s sustainability and transformation partnership (STP). Known in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as Together We’re Better, the partnership brings together all health and care providers including NHS and local authorities.

Hundreds attend first Suicide Prevention Conference in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

A commitment to achieving an ambition of zero suicides in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent was the focus of a major event hosted by the Together We’re Better health and care partnership.

Almost 300 people from health and care services, alongside voluntary and community groups, schools, colleges and other organisations came together for the Suicide Prevention – Making a Difference Together Conference, held in Stoke-on-Trent.

Together We’re Better’s Mental Health programme is aiming to reduce the number of suicides across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. A Zero Ambition Suicide Charter setting out this aim was signed at the event by a number of TWB partners.

The event heard from a range of specialists on the day; however, the most powerful stories were given by those whose lives have been touched directly by suicide or of feeling suicidal and who spoke of the importance of communication.