Staffordshire County Council is working with business leaders, our universities and other public sector partners to grow Staffordshire’s economy and create more, better paid jobs for our people. This work is now more important than ever following the enormous shock of the coronavirus to our economy and way of life.
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During the current ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we are all adapting to new ways of delivering health and wellbeing guidance and care support to our at-risk residents.
Digital health and wellbeing apps can help older residents or those with long-term conditions to manage their health at home, but there are thousands to choose from and not all apps can be trusted to offer clinical assurance and up to date advice.
This week we began counting down to the 72nd birthday of the NHS on Sunday 5 July, with social care also celebrating its birthday this weekend as well. To coincide with this, the famous photographer Rankin has unveiled a series of very special portraits celebrating NHS workers. The portraits feature 12 people who played a vital role in the NHS’ response to coronavirus including one of our local district nurses, Anne Roberts from Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS, senior nurse Lynn Tolley talks about the transformation of the service.
In episode 12 of our podcast series Lynn remembers her own traumatic experiences as a 16-year-old mum, not knowing if her newborn had survived.
She also talks of how she stumbled into a nursing career and how she finally found her true vocation as a paediatric nurse, caring for the most seriously ill children.
Staffordshire’s 43 libraries will begin a phased reopening from Monday 6 July:
Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups are working to improve the way children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported.
An important part of this is agreeing a set of principles that will guide the way professionals across education, health and social care will support children and young people, as well as setting out the commitments made by our communities and families.
These principles will form Staffordshire’s SEND Strategy.
Re-opening of community premises can begin to take place after 6th July, and careful consideration by trustees should be given to ensure community buildings are COVID secure.
The latest ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.
The ACRE information is available by contacting your local Support Staffordshire Rural Officers:
Healthwatch Staffordshire is the independent champion for people who use local health and social care services. We are here to find out what matters to people and help make sure your views shape the support that is needed. Our vision is to be a strong, independent, and trusted voice of the public for health and social care services across Staffordshire.
This week has seen the announcement of plans for the biggest easing of lockdown restrictions since the UK entered lockdown on 23 March. Many plans have now been laid out for July, which will see life return to a much more familiar state for most of us.
1 Humankind STARS – Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service
1.1 The charity Humankind (humankindcharity.org.uk) took over all Staffordshire adult and YP drug/alcohol service contracts on April 1st, the new service is called STARS (T3 STARS for YPs).