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From Andrew Donaldson, Programme Director

We have been working on our chapter of the TWB Five Year Plan, which supports our vision where everyone living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is inspired and supported to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, living within supportive and connected families and communities.

Our approach to prevention is rooted in the community, and our vision for a new model of care is centred around 26 PCNs that will bring care much closer to home and provides the platform for a strong, community and strengths-based approach to prevention.  

Our ambitious programme has several linked dimensions:

  1. A new narrative and behaviour change – a whole system approach that promotes the importance of personal responsibility for health and well-being
  2. Strengths based culture and practice – ensuring our workforce is equipped and empowered to have appropriate conversations i.e. the principle of ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC)
  3. Information, Advice and Guidance – we will develop a modern approach based around an exemplary IAG offer from the health and social care system
  4. Community offer – there is a vibrant and diverse community and voluntary sector
  5. Social Prescribing – when people do come into contact with health and care services, we will ensure a strong and effective social prescribing model
  6. Population Health Management – all of this will be underpinned by embedding population health management.

To support this programme, we have a number of planned deliverables focusing on:

  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Workforce development (MECC)
  • Embedding Community Hubs
  • Supporting the PCNs with appropriate data
  • Social prescribing and active signposting
  • Development of lifestyle services
  • Population Health Management.

We will share a high-level version of the delivery plan as soon as it has been approved. In the meantime, we’ll continue to ensure that our plan is co-designed with our partners and existing STP programmes, along with local authority public health teams, PCNs, CCGs and voluntary organisations.