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Patient Reference Groups for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

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Patients and members of the public can now apply to join Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) patient reference groups. The creation of the patient reference groups are the next stage in the STP following the series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events, hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December 2016, which were attended by more than 200 people.

The STP, which was published on Thursday 15 December 2016, will now look to develop more detailed plans local health and social care services. Now that the high level plan has been created, all organisations involved with the STP want to talk to those people who live and work in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent about how it can be improved and what needs to be done to make it happen. In addition, local government and the NHS will be working in partnership to engage with frontline clinicians and a wide range of stakeholders.

  • The patient reference groups will support the development of these plans by generating ideas, meeting with key clinicians and commenting on the proposals. The STP workstreams for patient reference groups are:
    Frail Elderly and Long Term Conditions - Reducing local reliance on bed based services by improving community services, with people returning to their home after treatment as quickly as possible, wherever possible
  • Urgent and Emergency Care - Simplifying the urgent & emergency care system in order to improve outcomes and reduce waiting times
  • Enhanced Primary and Community Care – Including looking at an increase in services delivered in the community by circa 23 specialised “multi-disciplinary” teams based around local populations in Staffordshire of between 30,000 – 70,000.
  • Planned Care - Creating Planned Care centres of excellence to improve health outcomes, reduce duplication of services and make best use of NHS and Local Authority land and buildings
  • Prevention & Well-Being - Encouraging more people to live healthily and avoid illness
  • Digital - Providing patients with the tools and technology to help manage their own conditions and health and care services with systems that support clinicians

Penny Harris, Programme Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP said: “Over the past year we have been working with health and care organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent on how best to meet the many opportunities and challenges facing us. Now we want to open the discussion with patient reference groups to contribute to bring together people with knowledge to create safe, high quality, consistent and affordable health and care. This is a real opportunity to help shape the services of the future and we welcome all applications to join one of the groups.”

If you would like to apply to join a patient reference group or for more information, please contact Healthwatch Staffordshire via Freephone 08000518371 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent on 01782 683080 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..