The Future of Local Health Services

Our Consultation Mandate

North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will undertake a pre-consultation exercise to gather the views and opinions of Statutory bodies, MPs, Local Authority Leaders, service providers, patients, carers and those who may use services in the future, about their local health care needs. The information gathered will be used to inform the development of options to design local health care services on which we will formally consult during 2018.

No decisions about the long term provision of rehabilitation beds will be made until this process is complete.

The journey so far

Timeline Jan 18


The latest update is available – pdf Designing Your Future Local Health Services feedback newsletter March 2018 (463 KB)

Pervious issues available – pdf 12 March Newsletter  (277 KB)  ; pdf 13 February Newsletter (268 KB)

How we have involved people

We have been gathering the views of local people on how we could deliver the best services to all patients to meet their changing health needs. This involves working with you to develop the options that we will be consulting you about later this year. The aim is to design high quality, accessible and affordable local health services that meet your needs in and around Leek Moorlands Hospital, Haywood Hospital, Longton Cottage Hospital, Bradwell Hospital and Cheadle Hospital.

We want to know what’s important to you and which services meet your needs. We are keen to explore what changes could be possible, taking into consideration the need to spend the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent £s wisely; accessibility, the differences between urban and rural locations and diversity and local needs.

In order to gather your views, we held five listening events in October and November 2017, we engaged with the local community (including attending Council meetings and events with the voluntary sector), and we conducted an online survey – pdf survey results. (899 KB) A report, carried out by Staffordshire University’s Centre for Health and Development (CHAD), analysing the feedback from the survey and the public events and meetings is available – pdf CHAD Pre consultation report. (146 KB)

All the feedback from the five listening events we held in October and November, the meetings that we have attended and the survey responses has been used to compile a long list of options. The CCGs have been working with representatives from provider organisations, Local Authorities and GP localities, as well as patient representatives and the voluntary sector, to consider the ‘long list’ and produce a set of scenarios for each of the five community hospitals. Once the scenarios have been developed further they will be included as part of the CCGs’ Pre-Consultation Business Case. That will then be submitted to NHS England to go through their rigorous assurance process before the formal consultation can take place.

No decisions have been made at this stage so we will be looking carefully at everything you tell us. We will apply weightings to the criteria according to what you say is important.

We have also published a pdf briefing paper (344 KB) and some  pdf frequently asked questions (208 KB)  that provide more information.