Find out about the local health services in your area through the latest annual report from NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The reports also explain each organisation’s priorities for the year 2018/19, and how local people can get involved in how healthcare services are planned, delivered and monitored.
Dr Alison Bradley, Chair of North Staffordshire CCG said: “I would like to thank our staff and colleagues in our provider organisations and local authorities for everything they have achieved over the past year. Together we will continue to strive to provide the best care we can for the people of Northern Staffordshire.
“A big change we have seen this year is we now have a single leadership team across all six CCGs in Staffordshire. This will mean we do things once and not six times when it is right to do so, providing a joined-up approach across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, whilst still buying the healthcare services that are needed locally in each area.”
Dr Ruth Chambers, Chair of Stoke-on-Trent CCG added: “We will be focusing on our patient population’s health and wellbeing in 2018/19 for which prevention of deterioration of health conditions is key. That will underpin how we tackle the excessive demand that there is for urgent care, our NHS financial deficit and other local challenges.
“We have agreed shared priorities across the six CCGs of Staffordshire. Investment in primary care will be key to underpin delivery of care to support our ageing population in management of their complex long term health conditions, reduce numbers of avoidable hospital admissions in general and from care homes in particular, and support patients and their carers in accessing better choice and compassionate care at the end of life. We hope that these approaches will help some of our most vulnerable patients of all ages to receive timely and good quality care.”
North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke-on-Trent CCG are still two separate legal entities but where possible, work together to achieve common goals. Since 2016 they have held their Governing Body meetings and Annual General Meetings ‘in common’.
This year they are joining in the NHS 70th celebrations with a theme of ‘the NHS through the decades’ at their AGM on Tuesday 3 July from 2pm at The Bridge Centre, Birches Head (ST2 8DD) which is open to all to attend.
This is a chance to meet directors, lay members and staff at the CCG, and hear about the work they’ve been doing to improve local health services in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. You can learn about the challenges they face, and find out more about their priorities going forward. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.