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Chief Executive's Health Comment - June 2016

It’s been a while since I offered a health-related comment piece and in truth I still don’t have a lot of new news. There have been some changes at the health and care transformation team, but still no public, patient or VCSE opportunities to engage; and the Health and Wellbeing Board remains just out of touch. That said, with our new county council role about to kick off, I am hopeful of making some headway in both these key areas of engagement very soon.

The Library Service's Summer Reading Challenge & Reading Well Shelf Help

School Readiness:

Staffordshire Libraries is committed to ensuring that all young readers have the opportunity to become fluent and confident readers who enjoy and appreciate fiction. The Library Service supports this aim by participating in the annual national Summer Reading Challenge. This initiative encourages children aged 4-11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. There are incentives along the way and a certificate and medal for every child who completes the Challenge.

Chief Executive's Comment June 2016 - Our Successful Bid to be the Voluntary Sector Strategic Capacity Building Partner for the County Council

As all members and many others will know, Support Staffordshire has been successful in our bid to be the Voluntary Sector Strategic Capacity Building Partner for the County Council.  We have formed a new delivery partnership which includes Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) and South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action (SSCVA), providing full geographical and thematic coverage of the County.

Support Staffordshire's Chief Executive Introduces New Model of Working

As many of our members will already be aware, Support Staffordshire has been consulting you on how we deliver services in the future. Following a series of focus groups and our online survey – prize draw winners announced below – we can now let you know the outcome.

Firstly, thank you for taking part and we are pleased to hear that overall our members understand the need for our services to change and modernise.

Applications Welcome for the Staffordshire Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund

Staffordshire County Council has now launched the CLT responsiveness fund for 2016/17. Details are available on their website.

The fund value is £160K across Staffordshire and they are looking for applications of between £5k and £10k for each project.

The Staffordshire Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund offers local grants for the delivery of needs led adult learning programmes. Courses should:

Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group AGM

The public are invited to come along to hear about the CCG's highlights, achievements and challenges over the last year. You can also find out about the work we have been doing in relation to dementia and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), and hear from the  Patient Congress.

Registration and light refreshments available from 9.30am, when you will have the opportunity to browse our stalls and engage with some of the services available within Stoke-on-Trent.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) AGMs in Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Are you interested in learning more about local healthcare? The six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be holding their Annual General Meetings in June and July.

You will be able find out what they have been doing locally to improve healthcare and their plans for the future. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions. Details of the events are below: