In order to achieve the kind of lasting change we all want to see, it’s vital that everyone is given the opportunity to share their views – including you.
Your voice will help to shape our plans and we are committed to involving as many people as we can and to making it as convenient and straightforward as possible for you to get involved.
For more information about how we plan to involve stakeholders, health and care staff and the wider public visit here. As we move into our pre-consultation phase, there will be a range of ways for you to get involved and we will share more information on this website.
Local Representatives (formerly Feedback Ambassadors) 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.
Members of this group come from all walks of life, including existing Patient Participation Groups, Healthwatch members, local community advocates, school governors and other roles.
Joining the Local Representative group is an opportunity to ensure the voice of colleagues, staff, personal networks and the local community you are part of is heard.
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Our monthly newsletter provides updates on our involvement journey, alongside updates from our work programmes and other news and events from Together We’re Better. You can sign up to our newsletter. For previous editions, visit our Newsletters page.
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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.
Future of Local Health Services (North Staffordshire)
North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are currently carrying out public consultation about proposed changes to local health services in Northern Staffordshire.
The consultation is about:
- How community-based services can be delivered differently in a more integrated way, closer to home
- How to make better use of community hospital rehabilitation beds
- How to ensure consultant-led outpatients clinics work more efficiently and importantly, ensure consultants have more time with patients and less time travelling.
It is important to have your say: Your views will help to decide how to deliver services that may affect you, your family, your friends or people you care for.
You can find out more about the consulation via the dedicated website at www.healthservicesnorthstaffs.nhs.uk
The deadline to get involved is 17 March 2019.
A series of workshop events are being held enabling participants to:
- Find out more about the consultation and why change is needed
- Give their views on key questions
- Join the discussion and add their voice to consultation feedback.
All events start at 7pm and finish at 9pm with doors opening at 6.30pm for registration. To book visit Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk) and search for ‘Future of Local Health Services’ or use the direct link below.
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Holy Trinity Community Centre, London Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1LQ
Monday 25 February 2019
The Manor Hotel, Watt Place, Cheadle, ST10 1NZ
Monday 11 March 2019
St Edward’s Church of England Academy, Westwood Road, Leek, ST13 8DN