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Comment from the Chief Executive

On Monday this week I was invited along with some VCSE colleagues to an NHS Q&A with Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS. I have to say that I think the four questions we offered were amongst the best in the room and all centred on the potential of our sector to play a much much greater role in the health and well-being of the nation. To summarise the response, we were left in no doubt that the successful NHS and Social Care partnerships across England (known as STPs) all have significant and genuine understanding and involvement of the voluntary sector... 

Support Staffordshire Membership

Hopefully most of you are working or volunteering for organisations that are already members of Support Staffordshire.  For those of you who aren’t please read on to find out more about the benefits of membership.

How much will it cost?

You’ll be pleased to know that currently membership is FREE for eligible organisations working for the benefit of people in Staffordshire.

Is it complicated to join?

Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards.

The Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards will mark the first year of the Thrive West Midlands programme by celebrating the ground-breaking work across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing.

They are looking for Mental Health Stars – people who have made a significant contribution to improving mental health and wellbeing in your area. We will be giving out a Mental Health Star award to someone from each local area in the WMCA.

Nominations can be for friends or relatives, carers or colleagues, a mental health nurse or even a social worker.

Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline Open During Christmas & New Year

The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline is open evening and weekends 365 days a year, including the Christmas and New Year period, to provide support during what can be a difficult time for many.

The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline offers support to people who have concerns about their mental health or that of someone they know. It is free to contact the Helpline from landlines, call boxes and mobile networks, and there is no set limit to the call duration.

Healthwatch Staffordshire needs your help!

Have you accessed any health or social care services during 2017 so far, such as attending a GP Appointment, or visiting your local hospital, dentist or pharmacy? If so Healthwatch Staffordshire would really appreciate it if you could share any new experiences you may have had. 

As you know, Healthwatch Staffordshire needs to collect feedback on service provision, to ensure that it is aware of any and all issues throughout the county, as well as any experiences of good practice. Healthwatch Staffordshire cannot do this without your help and assistance.   

Consultation on the Future Provision of Social Care for people with Mental Health Conditions

Staffordshire County Council is legally responsible for making sure social care services for adults with mental health conditions are available to people across Staffordshire.

Adults in Staffordshire with mental health conditions needing mental health social care support and assessments are currently supported by two organisations: South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust (NSCHT).

Countywide News

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE NHS THIS WINTER

Wed 29 Nov 2017

It could be the toughest winter yet, so the people of Staffordshire are urged to get the best out of their local NHS services, to Stay Well This Winter

Here’s what you can do:

Funding boost launched on #GivingTuesday to support communities give children a great start in life.

Staffordshire communities are set for a funding boost with the launch of the Children and Families Fund. 

The Staffordshire County Council fund, launched on 28 November as part of #GivingTuesday, is making £50,000 available to those organisations looking to improve support some of our communities most vulnerable children and families.  

Any project using Crowdfund Staffordshire to fundraise for a project that helps families to face their challenges at the earliest possible stage could be eligible for up to £5,000.

Get the best out of your local NHS services & Stay Well This Winter

It could be the toughest winter yet, so the people of Staffordshire are urged to get the best out of your local NHS services, to Stay Well This Winter

Here’s what you can do:

Make your pharmacy the first choice for help and advice – many pharmacies are open long hours including evenings and weekends and can help you deal with many conditions, such as if you have a cold, a sprain or strain, if you have small cuts and bruises, have indigestion, heartburn or diarrhoea. You don’t need an appointment to speak with the pharmacist.

The Autumn Budget 2017 Local infrastructure & charity – a summary of relevant points

This weeks Budget largely ignored local infrastructure and charities, containing little that is directly relevant to the sector. Whilst much of the Budget was centred around business and physical infrastructure (e.g. roads, rail, bricks and mortar), there was no commitment made to supporting social infrastructure and no mention of increasing spending on many key public services such as social care.

Charity & local infrastructure - what’s included: