Since 2016, the Together We’re Better partnership of health, social care and voluntary sector organisations have been working to improve health and care for the 1.1 million people who live in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
We started this conversation in 2016 with our original Case for Change and this was followed later in the year by a series of engagement events led by our local Healthwatch partners to capture local peoples’ views on health and social care services. Our What People Have Told Us So Far page outlines examples of the comments received at these events.
At the end of 2016, we published a plan for the health and care to work together better. Over the past few years, our partners have been working closely together through a number of clinically-led work programmes to take this forwards and achieve our collective vision: Working with you to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work.
Before we can develop any options, we will carry out a clinically-led 12 week public conversation on the health and social care challenges and opportunities identified in our Health and Care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent main document and Summary document. You can read more about this on our What is This About? page.
This conversation is the start of our formal involvement process, to help us deliver change across health and social care. This will help us to have a countywide conversation and develop proposals for service change.
It is important to stress this public conversation is not a consultation, as no options or proposals have been developed.
Following this phase, we will analyse all the feedback received and produce a report called a Pre-Consultation Business Case. This report will also outline the clinical evidence, data analysis and financial considerations and will inform any future proposals for services.
It will be taken to the Board and Governing Bodies of the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for discussion in Autumn 2019 and will be published on our website.
We will seek independent clinical assurance from the West Midlands Clinical Senate. The Clinical Senate combines expert clinical leaders with patient involvement and provides proactive and reactive advice across the health care system for the benefit of improved patient outcomes and population health.
The report will also undergo a rigorous Assurance Process review by NHS England.
The outcome of these stages will determine whether formal public consultation is required. Should this be necessary, a comprehensive public consultation exercise would be held enabling local communities to have their say on local health and care services.