Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have a diverse health and care system and we know people have multiple and complex healthcare needs, so it’s essential that we can offer varied models of healthcare.
The ICS is very much an evolution of what has gone before and builds on the work of the partnership since 2016. We know there is much more work for us to do, before we are truly an integrated system. We are continuing to work with our partners to design our local approach over the coming months.
The ICS has been set up to strengthen the relationship between providers and commissioners of NHS services, local authorities and voluntary sector partners across our geographical patch.
The focus will be to work collectively to plan and deliver health and care services for our local population, which is around 1.1 million people. It means there will be a much greater emphasis on collaborative working to manage resources, performance and delivery to change the way health and care is delivered for the better.
Our priorities then are simple. Residents must come first. We want to deliver person-centred care that is close to home and ensure it’s delivered in a joined-up way. We also want to give patients confidence that the changes being made are the right thing to do for them and for health and care staff.
Find out about our vision and purpose statement here.