Every health and care system in England has produced a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) showing how local services will become sustainable by 2020/21. The plans set out how health outcomes will be improved, how care and quality will be improved and how the health and care systems can be made financially sustainable. Local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP geographic 'footprints'. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were formed as one of these footprints and have worked together to produce the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
There are a number of possible warning signs of cancer. For example, many people know that a lump in the breast could be a symptom of
cancer. But there are other warning signs too, including tummy troubles.
Persistent tummy troubles that can be possible signs of cancer include:
• Being bloated most days
• Discomfort in the tummy area
• Nausea/feeling sick
• Blood in your poo
If you have any of these for three weeks or more, tell your doctor. If you notice any other unusual changes, such as a lump in the tummy area,
post-menopausal bleeding or unexplained weight loss, again, your doctor will want to know. These can also be signs of cancer.
The chances are it’s nothing serious, but any of these things could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early
makes it more treatable.
Don’t ignore the warning signs. If you’ve been suffering from tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating, discomfort or anything else that just doesn’t feel right for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer. Finding it early makes it more treatable. Tell your doctor.
If you would like more information why not visit one of the local roadshows:
Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 March at Cannock Shopping Centre
Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 March at the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford
Senior clinicians across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent are appealing for families to help reduce the pressure on struggling services by supporting patients to return home from hospital as soon as they are ready.
Patients staying longer than necessary in hospital have added to the strain on A&E departments, which are already experiencing increased demand. This has caused even longer delays for patients who arrive requiring a bed.
A pioneering health and information service launched across South Staffordshire is making great strides in supporting older people to stay healthy, safe and independent in their own home.
The Care Navigation Service is delivered by Age UK South Staffordshire and South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action (CVA).
It is a free service helping community health teams to increase the levels of access to information and support that people who are undergoing challenges in their lives can get in the local community.
The partnership programme is commissioned by Cannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups.
CCG Senior Primary Care Commissioning Manager Mark Jenkinson said: “Care navigation supports a range of health professionals to work with the voluntary and community sector to ensure vulnerable people get the right care in the right place at the right time.
“The programme works alongside local health, social care and voluntary sector teams to point local frail, older people -some of whom have long-term health conditions – in the right direction for support and allow them to live more independent and healthier lives.”
Patient referrals are made directly to the Care Navigator programme by community matrons, district nurses and social workers.
A woman in her late fifties living alone in Codsall with multiple complex health conditions was referred to the care navigator programme in May 2016.
She had moved to the area a few years ago to be closer to her daughter and family as her health was deteriorating, but although her supportive daughter lived close by she worked full time and was unable to visit during the day. The patient was struggling, feeling depressed and anxious about her future, and was lonely with no friends living locally.
The care navigators matched her with one of their volunteer buddies to offer friendship and reassurance and helped the patient to access Citizens Advice help with benefit payments and community information.
A local church representative invited her to the local weekly luncheon club, arranging minibus transport for her. The patient also joined the local craft club in Codsall Library and started to attend the ‘Forget Me Not’ club.
The buddy reported that the patient’s confidence and happiness had improved, that she had made friends and that she enjoyed attending the groups every week.
While the buddy has now been assigned to help someone else, she lives close by and is on hand should the patient need any help in an emergency and still meets the patient at one of the local groups.
Patients covered by the scheme:
Patients in the Seisdon Peninsula CCG registered with Wombourne Gravel Hill medical practice, Wombourne Dale medical practice, Kinver Moss Grove medical practice and Calverley medical practice (including Pattingham branch surgery)
Patients in the Stafford and Surrounds CCG registered with Penkridge medical practice, Brewood medical practice (including Wheaton Aston and Coven branch surgeries)
Patients in the Seisdon Peninsula CCG registered with Bilbrook medical practice, Perton Lakeside medical practice, and Tamar Medical practice (Perton), Featherstone medical practice and Russell house medical practice (Codsall)
Patients in the Cannock Chase CCG registered with Huntington, Essington, Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay medical centres
A South Staffordshire GP practice has been making great strides to look after the health of local people with a series of initiatives and fundraisers to help patients in the community.
Staff and supporters at Bilbrook Medical Centre, based in Brookfield Road, Wolverhampton, have been walking, baking and raising money to support diabetes and Alzheimer’s patients and provide their community with life-saving defibrillators - as well as spreading the word about good health and illness prevention.
Twelve members of staff took part in a memory walk event on Sunday, November 27, to raise £122 for the Alzheimer's Society, and practice staff competed in a fundraising bake-off on Monday, November 7, cooking up £304 for Breast Cancer Now's Wear It Pink campaign.
The practice also ran a very successful diabetes awareness event in Codsall, aimed at giving patients diagnosed with the illness in the last two years and people with more complex medical needs advice on how to manage their conditions.
More than sixty people attended the event at the Codsall council offices on Wednesday, November 30, which featured stalls manned by dieticians, Diabetes Nurse Specialists, support groups and local authorities.
Diabetes experts, including opticians and podiatrists, offered advice on foot and eye care and information about diet and exercise. The event even featured a diabetic buffet - showing patients that they could still enjoy cakes and biscuits if they were cooked in a different way - and gave them the opportunity to sign up for a leisure centre fitness programme.
The event, which also allowed stallholders and staff to network and share ideas, was regarded as such a success it was suggested that it be replicated across the locality.
The practice has also donated £1,200 on top of £300 raised by its patients' participation group to help fund one of two defibrillators being sited in Bilbrook village by the local authority.
Bilbrook Medical Centre Practice Manager Di Palfrey said: "We are proud to part of a team, and have a patient group whose drive and sociability helps to make a difference to our local community and raise money for good causes.“
The practice has been running in the community for more than 50 years and currently has around 7,700 patients. Bilbrook Medical Centre was rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year following an inspection in March (2016).