Health and Care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
We want to listen to you to understand what is important to you, what works well and what you think should be improved. We will shortly be launching a 12-week public conversation across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Click here for more information on how to get involved.
Local Representatives are volunteer patient and community representatives who are passionate about delivering real change and improving health and care services for local people. They are a vital conduit between the groups/organisations and communities they have links to and Together We’re Better – sharing information on the areas of our work that require significant transformation of our health and care system and feeding back any views, comments and ideas. Click here for more information about the group and how to get involved.
Together We're Better People's Panel
We will shortly be launching a People's Panel to enable people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to play an active role in helping to improve local health and care services for the benefit of everyone. Wherever you live and whatever your background, your experiences are important and can help to make a difference. This will involve participating in regular online surveys that are short and interesting to complete and aimed at supporting our health and social care partners to change services for the better. Members will be provided with a summary of the findings from each survey and what we’ll be doing as a result.
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Our monthly newsletter provides updates on our involvement journey, alongside updates from our programmes and other news and events. Click here to subscribe and for previous editions, visit our Newsletters page.
Other ways to get involved in local health and care services
Patient Participation Groups
We are committed to involving patients throughout our work. We will build a network of patient representatives that can act as critical friends, championing the patient voice at every stage of our journey.
We also encourage people to get involved in their local Patient Participation Group (PPG) – you can do this by talking to your local GP practice about joining the PPG, if they have one. The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have more information about PPGs in their areas; the links below will take you to the relevant PPG page for each CCG:
Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)
LEAF is run by Staffordshire CCGs and includes representatives from across the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent community and voluntary sector who are experts in supporting seldom heard groups. We are working closely with this forum to identify opportunities to engage and empower these groups to get involved.
Our independent partners
Healthwatch Staffordshire and Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent are independent consumer champions for health and social care in Staffordshire. They aim to ensure the voice of the consumer is heard and acted upon. You can find out more or join Healthwatch Staffordshire by visiting www.healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk and Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent by visiting www.healthwathstokeontrent.co.uk.
VAST is a charity dedicated to developing, advancing and promoting the voluntary and community sector in Staffordshire. We do this by providing key services and valuable support, and by encouraging professional development. You can find out more or join by visiting www.vast.org.uk.
Support Staffordshire empowers communities, individuals and organisations to work in collaboration to bring about positive change in their community by actively encouraging social action. You can find out more or join by visiting www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk.