THE FUTURE OF LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES

On 21st January 2020, NHS clinical commissioners for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire agreed to back plans for community based services including the creation of integrated care hubs. The decision was made at an Extra-Ordinary Governing Body meeting of the two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) held in public at Stoke-on-Trent’s Moat House Hotel.

The members considered, in detail, a Decision Making Business Case (DMBC) which included all the original options that were outlined during a 14-week public consultation that took place between December 2018 and March 2019.

They have now formally backed the preferred options for integrated care hubs which are:

  • In South Stoke-on-Trent, the creation of a new build in Longton

  • In Staffordshire Moorlands to rebuild Leek Hospital

  • In Newcastle-under-Lyme, Bradwell Hospital will be reconfigured and modernised

  • In North Stoke-on-Trent, Haywood Hospital will be reconfigured and modernised

In the case of community beds, 132 beds will be provided, with 77 at Haywood Hospital and 55 commissioned at local care homes. The CCGs will continue to work with the local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to monitor the quality of the care provided and wherever possible we will be commissioning beds from homes which are rated as Good or Outstanding. More can be commissioned if necessary. 

There will be no Tier 4 clinics at Leek.

Following the decision in January, the CCGs will now work with partners including Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) and the local authorities to develop relevant business cases for the required capital investment that will provide modern, fit for purpose facilities.

No decision has yet been taken on the future of Cheadle Hospital and Longton Cottage Hospital, but the CCGs are working with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to look at alternative options for the town. This will form part of the development of business cases for the development of the new facilities.

Consultation

The Decision-Making Business Case was developed after the Governing Bodies of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent met in common 25th June 2019 to give conscientious consideration to the feedback from the consultation. You can view the consultation findings here.

What were the proposals about? 

The proposed changes were about:

  • How we deliver community-based services differently in a more integrated way, closer to home

  • How we make better use of our community hospital rehabilitation beds and

  • How we ensure some of our consultant-led outpatients clinics work more efficiently and importantly, ensure our consultants have more time with patients and less time travelling. 

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