The six Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have agreed a timeline for the next phases of engagement by Together We’re Better (TWB), the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
The CCGs’ Governing Bodies approved the recommendation from TWB’s Health and Care Transformation Board (HCTB) for full public engagement to provisionally start in May 2019. This will be the beginning of a thorough process to develop proposals jointly with local communities, health and care staff and local groups that will form the basis of any formal consultation.
TWB is the partnership of NHS and local government bodies in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area. Local Healthwatch partners also have a seat at the decision-making table.
The TWB programme is working towards:
- Simplifying urgent and emergency care
- Developing a new vision for health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, that is based on meeting the needs of local communities and building a more integrated health and care system for local people
- Reviewing the use of community hospitals in the south of the County and ensuring that we have effective and efficient hospital services for planned care
- Identifying additional priorities that will deliver both clinical and financial stability.
This is an important programme for the County Council, City Council and the NHS as it will impact on the future delivery of health and care services across the area. Health and local government leaders are committed to undertake this process thoroughly and transparently. The proposed timeline will support partners to undertake an in-depth analysis of the current and future health and care needs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. This piece of work is underway and will inform the public discussions next year.
During this time, partners are committed to providing local people with enough information to get involved and to listen to the views of patients, carers and the wider public. Local health and care staff, clinicians and other partners will be actively involved, sharing their views on the challenges and how they think services could be improved.
The timeline also accounts for the public consultation being carried out by the CCGs into the Future of Health Services in Northern Staffordshire and the local elections in May 2019.
Sir Neil McKay, TWB Chairman, said: “Following a considerable amount of work from our partners to get us to this stage, I am delighted the timeline to launch the next phases of engagement with stakeholders, staff and the wider public has been agreed.
“I look forward to listening to the views of local communities on the issues we have identified and the potential solutions which can be developed.”
The Chairs of the CCGs serving Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent said: “Health and care services locally are facing rising demand. It is crucial that we have the best possible understanding of how they need to change to be able to provide the necessary support for our communities. We want as many people as possible to engage with this and are committed to making this an open and transparent process.”
Proposed minimum timeline for pre-consultation activities
Please note that this timeline is only given as a guide. Due to the complex nature of this process this timeline may change.