September - Health inequalities

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Partners from across the system are working together with a vision to address the health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. A cross-organisational, multi-agency approach has been adopted to address the needs of disproportionately impacted and under-represented groups, to enable everyone to have the opportunity to live a healthier and longer life.

A Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Health Inequalities working group, comprising of representatives from the two councils, the six CCGs, the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been formed. It meets bi-weekly and has adopted a collaborative approach to improving COVID-19 vaccination uptake using the Community Champions approach across the patch.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS has been successful in securing £200,000, following a bid for increasing uptake of preventative services to reduce health inequalities within our population. This bid was developed with full collaboration between system partners including the CCGs, local authorities, police and fire services and multiple VCS organisations including VAST and Support Staffordshire, faith-based and local businesses and workplaces.

The funding will be used to expand upon a coordinated, evidence-based approach to engaging with communities. It is a part of a long-term community development approach across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent using a network of Community Champions made up of local public sector, private sector, VCS and active individuals with experience of similar communities. Community Champions will identify priorities for their own communities, which will enable co-development and co-production of approaches and interventions that meet the needs of the communities, particularly reaching out to ‘seldom heard’ groups.

Through this project, a data/intelligence-led approach will be adopted to identify and engage with the communities with greatest potential to benefit from improved access to prevention services. This will form part of our population health management (PHM) approach. Through this, we will better understand the barriers to accessing preventative services and implement innovative strategies, developed in partnership with the communities, to overcome these barriers and create a culture that supports ‘working together to improve health and wellbeing for all’.