Your role in the Future of Local Health Services Consultation

Just a reminder that North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCGs) major consultation on the Future of Local Health Services is underway and open until 17th March 2019.

The consultation is seeking local people’s views on proposed changes to:

  • Community-based services in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Moorlands
  • Community hospital rehabilitation and NHS care home beds
  • Some of the consultant-led outpatients clinics such as outpatients appointments for skin conditions.

All the information about the consultation, including the consultation document and all the background materials, along with a link to complete the consultation online, can be found on the microsite:

There are a number of key ways that voluntary sector organisations can get involved.  The CCGs are keen to hear responses to the proposals from the perspective of local voluntary sector organisations.  As such, in addition to the events listed on the microsite, VAST and Support Staffordshire would like to invite you to feed into this important consultation at an event at The Dudson Centre on Tuesday 26th February at 10am.  To book your place at this session please email

Secondly it is really important to gain the views of as many people as possible as these changes may impact many local people, their families, their friends or people who are carers.  In particular the CCGs are keen to hear from vulnerable groups in addition to groups with protected characteristics. These include people from lower socioeconomic groups, homeless and other groups that may experience disadvantage.  Your role in supporting these groups is crucial and the CCGs would like your support to ensure they can gather their views.  There are a number of focus groups left before the consultation closes and your help in encouraging your service users to attend would be appreciated.

If you know someone who would like to attend please ask them to book onto a focus group by emailing or calling 01782 298 002.  You can request promotional materials and information leaflets from the same contacts.



Please find below a list of the Future of Local Health Services Focus Groups:

06/02/2019 Disability Solutions West Midlands – North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Hartshill Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 7NY 1pm – 3pm
08/02/2019 RNIB The Forecourt, 12 Albion Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 1QH 11am – 1pm
11/02/2019 Green Door – Community Room, Marks and Spencers, Wolstanton Grange Lane Wolstanton Retail Park Newcastle ST5 0AP 10:30am – 12:30pm
15/02/2019 Breathe Easy, Arnold Bennett Room, City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, ST1 3RS 10am – 1pm
20/02/2019 North Staffs Mind, The Bill Goodwin Room, Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5DD 2pm – 4pm
21/02/2019 Moorlands Home Link, Methodist Church, 43 Chapel Street, Cheadle ST10 1DU 7pm – 9pm
28/02/2019 Community Health Voice, Cobridge Community Centre, Bursley Road, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3DQ 5.30pm – 7.30pm
06/03/2019 Beth Johnson Foundation – The Seminar Room, The Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 7AG 10.30am – 12.30pm