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From Andrew Donaldson, Programme Director

Our Prevention Board is now in the process of translating the Prevention Strategy that is outlined in the national NHS Long Term Plan, into a system-wide delivery plan.

The delivery plan will set out the implementation of the prevention requirements of the NHS Long Term Plan (smoking, obesity, alcohol, antimicrobial resistance, air pollution, health inequalities). It will also outline commitments from NHS partners to contribute towards local authority-led prevention programmes, such as the Staffordshire County Council-led Supportive Communities programme and the Stoke on Trent City Council-led CVD prevention programme. It will also set out how we will collaborate with other Together We're Better programmes that have strong links to prevention work, including social prescribing and population health management.

We are still to receive confirmation from the national centre about how some aspects of the NHS Long Term Plan are to be funded and implemented. However, the increasing collaboration between the two local authorities, the six Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs and NHS provider trusts will mean that we can push ahead with some elements of the plan and build on existing prevention initiatives for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.