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STP Transformational Goals

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Dr Bill Gowans, Medical Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP

“The vision for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of helping people to stay well, and to receive the majority of the care they need closer to home. This involves looking at how we can get the right services out into the community and help people live healthier lives. If we can get that right, then a trip to A&E should go back to being for accidents and emergencies only, rather than what it has slowly become, which is the default option for urgent care.

“We know that A&Es across the country are currently under significant pressure to deliver the 95% 4 hour target amid rising demand and the impact of an ageing population with complex health needs, as well as cuts to social care. We want to acknowledge and thank all of the staff who work hard within these departments, day in, day out, during a challenging time.

“The focus on A&Es is premature at this stage in the development of the STP and our priorities in the shorter term will be to concentrate on finding the right solution for our communities based on helping keep people well and out of hospital where we can. We will be doing this work in partnership with stakeholders, staff and the general public and welcome all input and feedback.”

Let's Work Together training modules

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Let’s work together (LWT) is a series of training modules open to everyone in South Staffordshire. The modules help increase awareness of the potential risks and problems faced by people in South Staffordshire and how to spot them. It also helps to identify ways to prevent or reduce the problems and how the appropriate actions can make the most of life and to help others.

Claverley and Pattingham Surgery becomes first GP Practice to commit to becoming dementia friendly

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A Claverley and Pattingham GP Surgery has become the first in south Staffordshire to make a national commitment to support and transform the lives of people affected by dementia by becoming a dementia friendly practice.

With support from Lindsey Smith, Information Worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, Claverley and Pattingham Medical Practice, in Spicers Close Claverley, has joined the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), which encourages and supports local communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia.

Healthwatch Staffordshire Needs Ambassadors

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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).

Be Clear on Cancer Abdominal symptoms

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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:

• Diarrhoea
• Being bloated most days
• Discomfort in the tummy area
• Constipation
• 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

Contact us

South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group
Second Floor, Marmion House 
Lichfield Street, Tamworth
Staffordshire B79 7BZ

Working with Cannock Chase CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG

 

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