Together We're Better Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP Newsletter (July 2018)

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July 2018

News from Together We're Better

New vision launched by Together We're Better partners

New Vision

Together We're Better has launched a new vision to provide clear direction on what the partners are working together to achieve. Senior leaders, clinicians and lay members of local NHS, local government and independent organisationshave thrown their collective support behind TWB's new vision statement:

“Working with you to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work.”

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Your Care Connected – a new integrated electronic care record on the way for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Your Care Connected

A revolutionary new way of providing health and care is on the way in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Your Care Connected is a new electronic system which will link NHS and local government organisations more closely than ever before in order to provide the best possible care. The new digital shared care record means patients will no longer have to repeat information to different health and care professionals and avoid having to undergo unnecessary duplication of tests – leading to fewer delays in receiving the right care.

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New approach to reduce hospital admissions due to falls

Falls pic

The number of frail older people needing to attend hospital in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is set to reduce, thanks to a new approach developed to identify people at risk of falling. The new approach, or ‘pathway’ as it is sometimes called is a result of joint work between local health, care, prevention and wellbeing services and is being made possible by Together We’re Better. The falls pathway will be fully embedded into the ‘frailty pathway’, trials of which will take place this summer in the south east of the county, with a view to rolling it out across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at the end of the year if successful.

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Pioneering Physician Associate programme going from strength to strength in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Physician Associate

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is leading the way nationally thanks to a pioneering internship programme which is helping to support local general practice and other healthcare providers. The Staffordshire Physician Associate (PA) Internship is the first initiative of its kind to offer structured placements for groups of PAs within primary and secondary care along with a structured teaching programme. The first group of PAs to have completed the programme are now working alongside local GPs and other healthcare professionals. Further cohorts of students are coming to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent from across the country to embark on the internship.

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Black, Asian and minority ethnic under-representation in the NHS to be addressed with new leadership programme


A new leadership programme is being launched to address imbalances in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME/BME) representation in leadership roles at every level within healthcare across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The programme, Staffordshire Stepping Up, will support existing and aspiring BAME leaders to further develop leadership skills, as well as developing enhanced skills to assist with career progression. Up 120 local BAME staff members will take part in the programme, with two modules set to be delivered to three cohorts of staff between September 2018 and March 2019.

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Role of digital in transforming health and care the focus of major Together We’re Better conference

Digital Conference

The critical role that digital innovation and technology will play in the transformation of health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent was highlighted at a regional conference hosted by Together We’re Better. Health and care professionals from across the area attended the first Together We’re Better Digital Conference to learn more about how digital can and is being utilised to enhance services and improve peoples’ lives.

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Experiences and views shared about local maternity services at Together We’re Better event 


Pregnant women, new parents and their families shared their experiences and views about maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at a workshop event on 13th July. The event was held by the Pan Staffordshire Maternity Transformation Programme, which aims to implement the recommendations from NHS England’s Better Births maternity review and forms part of the Together We’re Better Children, Young People and Maternity Programme.

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Together We're Better partners celebrate the NHS at 70


NHS staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS in July, with over 30 events having already taken place across the patch. The events have been hosted by the partners of Together We’re Better, which is made up of NHS and local government organisations, and mainly included tea parties, in keeping with the national NHS England Big7Tea theme. Tea parties have been held in various towns across the City and County, and included a number of special guests.

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National attention for home-grown innovations that are helping people with long-term conditions


The June edition of leading peer-reviewed journal Practice Nurse has published an article called ‘You too can be a digital nurse champion’, highlighting a number of innovations that have been developed in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, including the Florence ('Flo')  interactive telehealth platform which was developed in Stoke-on-Trent to help patients with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Flo has been recognised nationally as one of 10 selected innovations that have ‘helped change the face of healthcare’.

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Newly merged NHS trust welcomed by Together We're Better


The merger that took place on July 1 between Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to become the newly formed University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) has been welcomed by Together We're Better Director Simon Whitehouse:

"The newly formed University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust will be a key partner in Together We’re Better’s ambition to deliver great health and social care in Staffs and Stoke-on-Trent. Looking forward to working with colleagues at UHDB."

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