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.

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 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.

Share your experiences and views about local maternity services at Together We’re Better event on 13th July

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Pregnant women, new parents and their families are being called on to share their experiences and views about maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The Together We’re Better partnership of NHS and local government organisations that is working to transform health and care services in the area is holding a public event on Friday 13th July for maternity services.

The Pan Staffordshire Maternity Transformation Programme Stakeholder Event is being held from 10am in the Conference Room at Entrust in The Riverway Centre, Stafford ST16 3TH.

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.

Experiences and views about maternity services being sought at local workshop event

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Do you have experience of using mental health services in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent during pregnancy and/or up to your baby’s first birthday? If so, the Together We're Better Pan Staffordshire Maternity Voices Partnership would like to hear from you. They are holding a Perinatal Mental Health Stakeholder Event on Thursday 28th June in Stoke-on-Trent, which aims to gather feedback from women and their families about their experiences. This information will then be used to shape services in the future.

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.