The combination of a growing and ageing population, more people with long-term conditions, and a challenging financial environment has placed significant pressure on social care services in recent years.
The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want the views of the patients across the area as they plan services for the future.
Altogether the six CCGs commission over 800 different services and treatments, but availability of these varies across the area.
Together they have been spending around £2 million more per week than they receive, and that means some difficult decisions now need to be made.
In the past year (June 2018 to July 2019), Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula and Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) prescribed 16,023 prescriptions for gluten-free foods at a cost of more than a quarter of a million pounds. The prescription of gluten-free (GF) products is not a cure for coeliac disease, nor does it treat the symptoms. Medical advice given to patients who are gluten intolerant would be to avoid food products containing gluten.
Transforming the Trent Valley scheme is launching our ‘Big Washlands Watch’ project in 2020. This project aims to learn more about the number and types of species living in the Trent Valley area by encouraging local people to get involved in some citizen science activities. We would like to hear from people and groups within the TTTV scheme area who want to learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep and would like to help us to record it.
Have Your Say! With Freedom Leisure
As a not-for profit organisation, developing local activity programmes, we want YOU to have YOUR SAY by completing a very simple 5-minute online survey ( link below). By selecting the area you live in and completing a number of multiple choice questions, we want to know what you want from us in your local area. Whether it’s a brand new activity programme, parent & toddler activities, free activity sessions, sport-specific activities or just to find out more, we want to hear from you.
Barring any mishaps in the House of Lords we now know that the long-rumoured election will be taking place on 12 December. People might expect this election to be about Brexit, but as we saw in 2017 other issues may come to the fore, so the expertise of charities will be essential to informing the debate.
The Primary Care Team at the CCG have commissioned Healthwatch Staffordshire to conduct a patient engagement survey on Active Signposting (also known as ‘Care Navigation’) across South and East Staffordshire. Active Signposting can have a valuable impact in helping patients/carers see the most appropriate professional or service first time. We recognise all of the hardwork of Receptionists across the area to help patients and carers.
The General Election will take place on Thursday 12 December, with Parliament expected to dissolve during the week beginning Monday 4 November.
This signifies the start of the pre-election period known as ‘purdah’, which places specific restrictions on the use of public resources and the communication and engagement activities of public bodies, including all NHS organisations.
During the pre-election period, there should be:
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has opened a consultation to inform the upcoming Statutory Guidance Review for Local Authorities on providing youth services
The government is revising the guidance relating to Section 507B of the Education and Inspections Act, which sets government expectations of (upper tier) local authorities when they are securing services and activities for young people, and want evidence from young people, local authorities, youth sector organisations and other interested parties before the closing date of 23:59 on 30th November 2019.