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.
We have not changed our vision, which is: ‘working with you to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work.’ The focus of the partnership is:
- Better health and wellbeing for everyone who lives in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- A health and care system that tackles the inequalities that exist across our local area
- A more joined up health and care system that is focussed on meeting the needs of the resident
- The development of a health and care system that is of high quality, affordable and accessible to all
- Health and care staff to do their jobs to the best of their ability
- All partners contributing to the economic prosperity of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent