Plans for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to become a single, integrated health and care system made up of 23 localities will be gathering pace in 2019.
During 2018, partners launched four early adopter Integrated Care Teams (ICTs) in Meir (Stoke-on-Trent), Leek Moorlands, Lichfield and Stafford. These teams bring together general practice, community and mental health services, social care professionals and the voluntary and independent sector to provide a coordinated approach to improving the health of their local communities.
Progress has been positive among these teams, with the Lichfield frailty hub especially receiving excellent feedback. ICTs are due to be introduced across the remaining localities in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent by April 2019 and as part of this an ICT Delivery Group has been set up to oversee the roll out and delivery of this hugely important piece of work.
General Practice Nurses (GPNs) and Health Care Assistants (HCAs) from 24 practices across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are championing Technology Enabled Care. These are technologies such as telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, tele-coaching and self-care apps that have the potential to transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare.
A bespoke GPN leadership program previously piloted in East Staffordshire is set to be offered across the patch, while the training hub and GP Federation are scoping interest for the training needs of HCAs.
In addition, the work of our partners on the recruitment of GPs is also progressing, with 26 practices now having confirmed an interest in taking on an international GP, with further practices confirming their interest outside of these visits. These practices have subsequently received a copy of the Learning Agreement produced by the national programme and have been invited to provide any comments they may have on this role.
For more information about the programme, visit www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/about-us/our-work/enhanced-primary-and-community-care.
A short introductory video on the programme, which touches more on our plans for integration and features Programme Director Steve Grange can be viewed below: