The fourth of a series of five listening events to hear what NHS community services people want to prioritise in their local area was held last night.
The meeting at Bradwell Community Education Centre specifically looked at services in the area served by Bradwell Hospital.
Previous events have been held in Leek, Burslem and at the Bet365 Stadium.
Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “We need to make sure services are working to the best of their ability, with doctors, nurses, social workers and other professionals working together to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for patients.
“North Staffordshire is a very diverse area, so we need to reduce the inequalities which exist and increase the quality of life for patients by promoting better health.”
Issues raised at the Bradwell event included:
- Putting the patient at the centre of everything that is done and creating community hubs
- Better communication between patients and services and between services
- Learning lessons from elsewhere
- Maintaining services in the public sector
- Joined up resources for mental and physical health
- Better out-of-hours GP services
- Quality of care, training of staff and reliance on agency staff
- Having sufficient social workers and the split of services between local government and the NHS
Peter Dartford, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement with North Staffordshire CCG said: “These events are very much about asking people to help us to decide what the priorities are so we can develop more detailed options to meet the needs of local communities. We need to get the trust of local communities in this process.”
The information gathered will be used to inform the development of options to design local health care services on which the CCGs will formally consult during 2018. No decisions about the long term provision of rehabilitation beds will be made until this process is complete.
The fifth meeting covers the area served by Cheadle Hospital takes place at:
Wednesday 29 November 2017, The Manor Hotel Watt Place, Cheadle, ST10 1NZ
It lasts from 6.30-8.30pm.