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The health and care system in Northern Staffordshire faces many challenges. We need to look at ways we can deliver services differently if we want to ensure we can provide the very best health and social care services that meet the needs of local people within our finite budget.

The consultation ran from 10 December 2018 to 17 March 2019. It was the first part of our plans to transform health and care across the whole of Staffordshire, as part of a partnership called Together We’re Better.

We have been working for the past two years with local people, local health partners, GPs, health professionals and our local politicians to look at how we can better deliver community services. Together, we have developed proposals and options for how we can do this, and we want to know what you think before we make any decisions.

This section of the website describes the consultation. You can find out about the work we have done in the lead up to consultation in Our Journey. 

The consultation was about:

Community-based services

In Northern Staffordshire, we deliver a wide range of community services such as memory clinics, falls prevention services and physiotherapy to patients, often in their own home or in the local community. We want people to get the maximum benefit from our community-based services. Our proposals would join together key services in the community through integrated care hubs. Integrated care hubs are a new way of delivering community-based services so that they are joined-up, with several services available in one place, better meeting local patients’ needs and making sure they receive the care they need without going into hospital.

These hubs would ensure patients are at the centre of the services they need. For example, if they have several health conditions, a team of experts would meet together to plan the best way to look after them. This means that we would be better at managing long-term conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart failure and kidney disease) and keeping people out of hospital.

Community hospital rehabilitation beds

We also have five community hospitals, but at the moment, people are often given a community hospital bed when they don’t need to be there. We want to help people to manage their condition in better ways by providing the services, care and support they need in their local community, closer to home. Evidence shows that patients are likely to get better sooner if they are sent home quickly. Most people would prefer to be treated at home if possible. We want to help people avoid unnecessary stays in hospital.

Some of our consultant-led outpatient clinics

We also run a number of consultant-led outpatients clinics at both Leek Moorlands Community Hospital and the Royal Stoke University Hospital. We want to deliver these clinics better, safer and ensure our consultants spend more time with patients and less time travelling between sites. We want to know what you think about our proposals to move some of the consultant-led outpatients clinics such as outpatient appointments for skin conditions and minor surgery for things like lumps and hernias from Leek Moorland Community Hospital to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. 


Watch our video below and listen to Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs talk about why we are consulting..


Watch our video below to hear Bill's story and find out more about Integrated Care Teams.


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      • Consultation Document: Our consultation document expands on the information outlined above and explains our new model of care, our proposals and options, how we developed our options and the background to why we need to change the way we deliver our services.
      • Pre-Consultation Business Case (PCBC): We have done a great deal of work to develop proposals for community-based services wrapped around the patient in an integrated and joined up way. We have undertaken a rigorous process to develop a pre-consultation business case which details options based on quality of care first but that are also clinically sustainable, accessible and financially credible. You can also read the pdf Appendices (7.38 MB)  for additional detail.
      • Equality Impact Assessment (EIA): We have used our Equality Impact Assessment to shape our consultation plan. We have analysed our list of stakeholders and we will be checking along the way to make sure we have heard from representatives of all groups. We have looked at information about the differences in health needs in each area because we want to make this gap in health inequalities smaller. We will also make sure that we give due regard to the groups of people who are listed in the Equality Act 2010 to make sure our proposals do not discriminate against them. We will make sure that we have considered making reasonable adjustments to their needs if there are any unintended consequences of the proposals.
      • Spotlight on Modelling Rehabilitation Beds: In this document we have detailed how we have modelled our rehabilitation bed numbers to enable us to put forward our proposals for community hospital beds.

What happens next? 

The consultation is now closed. We will update on next steps shortly as well as continuing to update our FAQs with any further quesitons you have. 

The responses received during the consultation are now being analysed independently and a report will be produced. This report will be presented to the two CCGs for consideration before any decisions are made.