Health leaders prepare for biggest NHS shake-up in Staffordshire for a decade

Health leaders are preparing for the biggest shake-up of the NHS in a decade. Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s six clinical commissioning groups will be abolished on July 1, when the county’s new integrated care system (ICS) becomes fully operational, as part of a nationwide change. The CCGs, including those for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, have been responsible for commissioning and funding NHS services since they replaced the old primary care trusts in 2013, in the last major NHS revamp.

Staffordshire’s ICS, one of 42 across the country, brings together NHS commissioners, NHS providers such as University Hospitals of North Midlands, along with local councils and other organisations. According to the NHS, the new organisation will be able to deliver more ‘joined up’ health and care services for residents by ensuring partners work closely together. Its aims will be to improve health outcomes and tackle inequalities, as well as ‘enhance productivity and value for money’.

Staffordshire’s six CCGs have become more integrated in recent years, with a single senior management structure for the groups and their governing bodies meeting in common. READ: GPs working 12-hour days at under-pressure Staffordshire surgeries Accountable officer Marcus Warnes, who delivered his final report to the governing bodies at their last public meeting, believes the CCGs have seen some ‘real successes’.

He said: “We’ve had our challenges in the past. I think we leave the system in a reasonably good place. I think we’ve had some real successes as CCGs.

There are still some challenges there, but I think our financial position is moving in the right direction. I think areas like mental health are better now than they were when we picked up some of those issues. “While we are making improvements in a range of constitutional standards we do have some way to go.

But it does feel like we’re turning the corner and things are moving in the right direction. “We’ve had a really difficult two years, probably the most difficult two years in our NHS careers, and the fact that we’ve come through that is testament to your efforts, the membership’s efforts and the wider system.” Members of the public are being invited to learn more about the change from CCGs to ICS at a series of engagement events.

At each event officials will explain what the changes will mean for local people. Prem Singh, independent chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System, said: “Our health and care system is evolving and we are working hard to deliver the national changes by 1 July 2022. At the heart of our work is delivering more joined-up care and delivering better and fairer outcomes for local people.

“We want to keep people informed and involved at every stage of this journey and share what these changes will mean for local people.”

The engagement programme will include events at the following locations:

  • Tuesday 21 June, 7pm until 8.30pm – North Stafford Hotel, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2AE
  • Wednesday 29 June, 1.30pm until 3pm – Leek Cricket Club, Macclesfield Road, Leek, ST13 8SG
  • Tuesday 5 July, 7pm until 8.30pm – Entrust, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH
  • Tuesday 19 July, 10am until 11.30am – Borough Arms Hotel, 26 King Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1HX

Online events will be held via Microsoft Teams on the following dates:

  • Friday 17 June, 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday 28 June, 7pm to 8.30pm

Anyone wishing to attend an event should register here or by calling 0333 150 2155.

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