Patient Reference Groups for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Patients and members of the public can now apply to join Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) patient reference groups. The creation of the patient reference groups are the next stage in the STP following the series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events, hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December 2016, which were attended by more than 200 people.

The STP, which was published on Thursday 15 December 2016, will now look to develop more detailed plans local health and social care services. Now that the high level plan has been created, all organisations involved with the STP want to talk to those people who live and work in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent about how it can be improved and what needs to be done to make it happen. In addition, local government and the NHS will be working in partnership to engage with frontline clinicians and a wide range of stakeholders.

The patient reference groups will support the development of these plans by generating ideas, meeting with key clinicians and commenting on the proposals. The STP workstreams for patient reference groups are:

  • Frail Elderly and Long Term Conditions - Reducing local reliance on bed based services by improving community services, with people returning to their home after treatment as quickly as possible, wherever possible
  • Urgent and Emergency Care - Simplifying the urgent & emergency care system in order to improve outcomes and reduce waiting times
  • Enhanced Primary and Community Care – Including looking at an increase in services delivered in the community by circa 23 specialised “multi-disciplinary” teams based around local populations in Staffordshire of between 30,000 – 70,000.
  • Planned Care - Creating Planned Care centres of excellence to improve health outcomes, reduce duplication of services and make best use of NHS and Local Authority land and buildings
  • Prevention & Well-Being - Encouraging more people to live healthily and avoid illness
  • Digital - Providing patients with the tools and technology to help manage their own conditions and health and care services with systems that support clinicians

Penny Harris, Programme Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP said: “Over the past year we have been working with health and care organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent on how best to meet the many opportunities and challenges facing us. Now we want to open the discussion with patient reference groups to contribute to bring together people with knowledge to create safe, high quality, consistent and affordable health and care. This is a real opportunity to help shape the services of the future and we welcome all applications to join one of the groups.”

If you would like to apply to join a patient reference group or for more information, please contact Healthwatch Staffordshire via  Freephone 08000518371 or ; or Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent on 01782 683080


For further information or assistance please contact Andrew Ashcroft, Head of Communications, on 01782 676644, on behalf of the STP

Notes to editors:

  • The plan will continue to develop, and although it sets out a clear direction of travel, at this stage no formal decisions have been made about changing the way services are provided.
  • The local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS providers in the county provide services to 1.1 million people
  • Between now and 2019 it is anticipated the number aged 85+ will rise by 22%. This means that more people than ever before will require support in old age.
  • The current health and care system is not currently designed to cope with, or afford, this so we need to find new ways of working.
  • The STP is one of 44 nationwide
  • In four years’ time health and social care in Staffordshire will be in deficit, so unless action is taken there will be a funding gap of £542m.
  • Specific areas within the plan will then be subject to formal public consultation where appropriate and the scope and scale of these will be agreed with local Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

The organisations who have been involved in the co-creation of the STP are:

  • NHS Provider Trusts: Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust; University Hospitals of North Midlands; North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare; South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare; Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership
  • NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups: North Staffordshire CCG; Stoke-on-Trent CCG; Stafford and Surrounds CCG; Cannock Chase CCG; South East Staffordshire Seisdon and Peninsula CCG, East Staffordshire CCG
  • Local Authorities: Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Healthwatch: Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent