Have your say on the future of health, care and hospital services in Burton

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Burton residents are being encouraged to share their views on local health and care services at a listening event on Thursday (11 July).

Together We’re Better (TWB), the health and care partnership for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, is running a 12-week public conversation across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, asking people to give their views and ask senior leaders questions about health and care services.

Views are being welcomed on any aspect of health and care, but particularly on the following areas:

  • Simplifying the local urgent and emergency care system
  • Developing a new vision for health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that is focussed on high quality community-based care centred on the patient – this will include maternity services, mental health services and planned care (surgery and outpatients)
  • How the local health and care system can embrace and fully utilise new technology and ensure the buildings we deliver services from are fit for purpose
  • Reviewing the use and function of the community hospitals in South Staffordshire
  • Exploring what ‘integration of health and care services’ really means for local people
  • Identifying additional priorities that will deliver clinical and financial stability.

Within East Staffordshire, community services are being provided by Virgin Care until March 2020, when the contract ends. From April 2020 a new provider will take on responsibility for delivering community services and East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is expected to begin a procurement process next month.

Local people are being asked what’s working well about health and care, what can be improved, and to share any ideas to improve the system going forwards. Feedback from the public conversation will also be considered when selecting a new provider for the area’s community services contract.

The listening event takes place on Thursday 11 July from 10am-12.30pm (registration from 9.30am) in the Tom Bradbury Suite, Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 0AR. Anyone who wishes to take part is asked to book their place as soon as possible by visiting www.twbburton.eventbrite.co.uk.

Hundreds of county residents have already shared their views on current services, and the future direction of health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

These views will not only help in developing any future service proposals, but also inform the local Five Year Strategic Plan to be published in Autumn 2019. It will outline the local response to the priorities set down in the national NHS Long Term Plan and build on the proposals that were included in the 2016 plan.

Together We’re Better was established in 2016 to bring together NHS and local government organisations, alongside Healthwatch and voluntary and community sector groups to improve the delivery of health and care.

Dr Rachel Gallyot, Chair of East Staffordshire CCG, said: “The listening event taking place in Burton is exactly that – an opportunity to listen to your views and experiences of local health and care services, particularly on community care provision in the area. I look forward to welcoming you to the event.”

How to get involved

More information about the 12-week public conversation can be found on Together We’re Better’s website at www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/get-involved/health-and-care. There you will be able to:

  • Read our Health and Care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent document, and Summary document, that goes into more detail about what this is about, why change is needed, the challenges and opportunities locally and the areas we need to talk about
  • Book a place for one of our other listening events taking place across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Drop in to one of our roadshows being held across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in busy public areas such as shopping centres, supermarkets, leisure centres and libraries.
  • Complete an online survey that seeks your views.
  • Complete the online form on our Contact Us page, or call us on 01785 276926, if you have any questions or you wish to receive a hard copies of the survey or other documentation (including Easy Read versions).

The 12-week public conversation is being held until midnight on Sunday 25 August. You can follow Together We’re Better on Twitter @TWBstaffsstoke and on Facebook @TWBStaffsandStoke.