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Libraries Consultation

A new consultation has just been launched to seek people's views on the future of Staffordshire's 20 county council managed and delivered libraries. Ideas include using technology to extend opening hours with an automated service, working with communities to increase the number of community managed libraries and reviewing how the mobile and travelling library service is used.

Healthwatch Staffordshire wants to help local hospitals manage their winter pressures.

HealthWatch Staffordshire needs to hear from you.

Healthwatch will be spending the next 2 months in hospitals across Staffordshire to speak to the public about their experience of using A&E services over the winter period.

We they to know:

1. What was your experience of using the service?

2. If you could change the system to make it run better in the current financial climate, what would you do?

They are interested to hear from both service users and staff within the NHS.

Access to GP Surgeries Consultation

The six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are looking at how to give you easier and more convenient access to services you have at your local family doctor and GP surgery available outside of the usual surgery hours, including over the weekends.

They are interested in hearing your views about how, when and where you might choose to use these services outside of the usual surgery hours. 

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).

Community hospital plans in North Staffordshire

Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are currently holding a series of public listening events to work with the public to design future health services based in local community hospitals.

In order to allow you every opportunity to fully engage with this process, express any concerns, ask questions and help to shape the future of local services, a bespoke event for the voluntary sector has been arranged for Friday 15th December at 2pm at The Dudson Centre.

Dying Matters - Staffordshire

Dying Matters -Staffordshire is a planned public engagement campaign which aims to encourage the public to talk more about and consider end of life - aiming to anticipate the important decisions we all have to make around death and dying now, rather than when our health is already deteriorating or we are not in a position to make those decisions ourselves.

The background to the campaign is outlined in appendix 1.The rationale is:


HS2 is committed to being a good neighbour to those communities impacted by the construction of the railway. To help achieve that goal the independent Construction Commissioner is in place to ensure any complaints are dealt with speedily and effectively.

The Commissioner’s performance is monitored by an independent steering group, who in turn provide advice to ministers at the Department for Transport. The group want to have a genuine community voice to ensure the commissioner holds HS2 to account throughout the construction period.