Invite to Together We’re Better workshop

The Together We’re Better partnership is continuing to work towards improving health services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, including:  

·         Urgent and emergency care 

·         Planned care (booked operations and treatments) 

·         Community care (in the South and East of the county) 

·         Mental health 

·         Maternity.  

In Summer 2019 they listened to the experiences of people using health and care services across the county. Using this feedback, they have moved into the next phase of the programme: the options development and appraisal process. During this phase our technical experts (including clinicians, staff and subject experts) are using the feedback from our engagement activity, alongside information and data from the different service areas to develop proposals for the future delivery of these services. 

Together We’re Better also held workshops in Autumn 2019 to share the feedback from the listening exercise, the emerging models of care and sought views on the desirable criteria. The desirable criteria (e.g. quality of care and accessibility) will be used to evaluate and score proposals for the future delivery of services across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.  

Now the general election has finished, they are able to progress to the next milestone and are organising a small working group with their Local Representatives, staff and service user representatives on:    

Monday 27 January  
Registration from 9.30am, 10am start, close at 2pm.  
Branston Golf & Country Club, Burton Rd, Burton-on-Trent DE14 3DP 

At this workshop Together We’re Better will present to you the desirable criteria we have developed following feedback during the listening exercise and Autumn workshops. They are asking for your help to sense check these proposed criteria, before we begin using them to evaluate and score future proposals.   

Together We’re Better are using our existing Local Representatives meeting for this workshop, and they would like to extend the invitation to others who would like to be involved in this process. In particular, they would like to encourage the following groups to be represented at this meeting:  

·         People who have experienced these services in the past three years 

·         People who may need to use these services in the near future 

·         Staff who work in or with these services 

·         Representatives of service users or protected groups e.g. carers or voluntary groups and organisations.  

During February/ March 2020 we will be holding more workshops to take the agreed criteria and use them to evaluate and score the proposals for service change. They hope you will be able to join us at these workshops. More information will be shared on these events in the coming weeks.  

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please complete the online registration form, here: https://nhs.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=157901250481. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  

If you are unable to attend this workshop, but would like to be kept informed of future meetings or need further information please contact us at TWBcomms@staffordshire.gov.uk or 01785 276926. 

They hope that, by listening to the views of our Local Representatives, service users and interested groups, we will get a balanced view from these workshops, with which to move forward.