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Notice of CCG closure

From 1 July 2022 please visit our new ICB website https://staffsstoke.icb.nhs.uk/

On 1 July 2022, the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent closed down and the functions of the CCGs transferred to a new NHS organisation, known as an integrated care board. The new organisation is responsible for NHS spend and the day-to-day running of the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Therefore, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group no longer exists and the responsibilities of the CCG, along with the other CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, have transferred to the new NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB).

These changes have taken place under the new Health and Care Act 2022, which amongst other things aims to tackle health inequalities and create safer, more joined-up services that will put the health and care system on a more sustainable footing. There are no changes to how local residents access NHS frontline services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of these changes.

From 1 July 2022 if you visit this website, you will be re-directed to the new ICB website.

Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)

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The CCGs established a Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF) for North of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in 2016 and were pleased to extend the group to cover all 6 CCGs in Staffordshire in 2019. The forum is a group of people who represent communities with protected characteristics and vulnerabilities and act as critical friends to the CCGs. They advise on policies, public campaign material, service change proposals and inform our decision making. The group also includes representatives from vulnerable communities such as the homeless and asylum seekers and refugees and it includes  people who can help us to think more broadly about how we can reduce health inequalities.

As the members of LEAF are asked to join from local organisations who support people from seldom heard groups, we have access to their wider networks and they kindly support us by promoting information or circulating consultations on our behalf. This means  we can  gather views and feedback from a wide range of diverse people. Our commissioners attend the meetings when they are considering changing the way health services are delivered so that we can understand whether there would be any unintended consequences from the changes or any mitigations we would need to put in place to minimise adverse impact on particular groups. The Forum is Chaired by a CCG Lay person with responsibility for Patient and Public Involvement and we make sure that there is a clinician (doctor)  at each meeting to answer any medical  questions.

Some of the areas of work that LEAF have influenced include:-

  • Our Equality & Inclusion Strategy
  • It’s OK to Ask – our health literacy work
  • Medicines Matter – Our campaign to reduce waste medicine
  • Proposals to change Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Musculoskeletal, IAPT, Cancer and end of life services amongst many others
  • Health services for older people
  • Access to adult mental health services with the Citizen’s Jury
  • Trans and LG&B issues in Primary Care
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Extended Access to GP Services
  • Integrated Care Hubs and the Future of Local Health Services
  • Cancer screening
  • Deaf Awareness and a BSL video
  • Our stakeholder mapping
  • Access and contact methods
  • Faith and belief with regard to clinical procedures

You can find out about the role of LEAF in the  pdf Terms of Reference (278 KB)