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Working in partnership to drive system-wide improvements

Hi all... this week has seen the pace increase significantly around the delivery of our vision for an alliance of health and care providers across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

STANDING ROOM ONLY AT LATEST MEETING OF THE ALLIANCE BOARD

As you will know we have been proud to be supporting for some time the development of the North Staffordshire GP Federation and the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Alliance Board. So it was really exciting to attend the latest meeting of the Alliance Board and to walk into a room where it was literally ‘standing room only’! The meeting heard a number of fantastic presentations and contributions from attendees, both at the strategic level and feeding back on real-world delivery on the ground, including in the Alliance Board’s first locality Newcastle-under-Lyme. Representatives from local GPs, pharmacists and the voluntary sector shared ideas and energy with colleagues from our local healthcare providers, commissioners and local government. It was also very heartening to hear feedback from Staffordshire and Stoke-om-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Director Simon Whitehouse, who was attending his first Alliance Board meeting. Simon was really impressive and clearly impressed with what he saw and heard. At Simon’s request, our Communications team be working with the STP central team to raise the profile and spread the word about the great ideas and innovation that are going on around the Alliance – so watch this space!

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO DRIVE SYSTEM-WIDE IMPROVEMENTS

The Alliance Board is a crucial part of the jigsaw in transforming how we deliver health and care across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the medium term, but meeting the challenges we face also requires us to be continually developing how we work in partnership with our colleagues across the patch – particularly as we support each other to meet the immediate challenges of the winter. I finished the week meeting with my fellow leaders across our area, including Paula Clark from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), Marcus Warnes on behalf of the Commissioners and Dave Sidaway, City Director at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. As part of our discussions, I agreed to lead the development of the system’s Action Plan to meet the challenges identified by the Care Quality Commission in its recent Local System Review. We will now have a weekly meeting to drive forward an improvement plan to make it happen. 

WELCOME TO ROY LILLEY DURING A FAB CHANGE WEEK!

I was at a meeting in the West Midlands with my fellow CEOs on Wednesday morning (see below), so was unable to welcome an old friend of Combined – leading NHS commentator Roy Lilley – to the fantastic event put on at Harplands Hospital for Fab Change Week. The event featured stalls, presentations and even touchscreen interactive quizzes from frontline staff across the Trust – all built around making simple but effective pledges to do something better and to showcase great ideas and initiatives. Our Board were ably represented by Chair David Rogers, Director of Leadership and Workforce Paul Draycott and Director of Finance, Performance and Digital Suzanne Robinson. Suzanne’s teams in Digital and Finance pulled out all the stops in particular, showcasing the latest developments and delivery of Lorenzo as well as the Trust Valuemaker initiative. If, like me, you couldn’t get to the event itself, you can catch up with everything that went on – and really get a sense of the energy and creativity on show – by looking at the masses of photos and films spread throughout the day via our @CombinedNHS Twitter account and our Facebook page or by watching this short video created by our Comms Team.

SUPPORTING EACH OTHER ON THE URGENT CARE CHALLENGE

I spent part of Wednesday alongside my CEO colleagues attending a meeting in Birmingham with our regulators NHS Improvement and NHS England.  This was to provide an update and discuss progress on how the local NHS system as a whole is supporting each other in meeting the urgent care challenge. Teams from across the entire NHS region were having similar conversations one after another. We all know that the pressures facing the NHS are greater than ever before and require us all to work together and support each other. I want to thank all of our frontline staff who are going the extra mile – and then even further – to rise to this challenge. It really is appreciated.   

COMBINED FLU FIGHTER CAMPAIGN UPDATE

The latest figures from the Flu Fighter campaign show we’re continuing our progress on flu vaccinations without let-up. We’ve had slightly more people vaccinated this year than at the equivalent time a year ago, which is tribute to a great effort being led by Amanda Miskell, our Deputy Director of Infection Prevention & Control, and Team Prevent. But we still need to keep up the pace to ensure we match last year’s achievement of being the number one mental health trust for vaccinations of frontline staff last year.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

As you may know, the role of Interim Director of Operations of the Trust has been filled on an interim basis since the summer. To keep everyone updated, the advertisement for the substantive post goes out this week and, as planned, we are looking to appoint to the post by the end of December. I will keep you all informed as soon as there is news on the appointment to the full-time role.