To get to consultation, it has been a long and detailed journey. We have outlined some of the stages below.
My Care, My Way
In 2014, the CCGs started engagement about the model of care which would provide care closer to home, My Care, My Way. This was about how to address the problem that too many older people were staying in rehabilitation beds for longer than necessary, resulting in their deconditioning both physically and mentally.
You can find all the information about this work in the section My Care, My Way including the first engagement exercise, My Care, My Way, Home First and the second engagement looking at the principles of discharge My Care My Way Home First Phase 2.
Pre-Consultation and the Pre-Consultation Business Case
Before we launched our consultation we continued to have discussions and engage people on our proposals to help us work out what options to put forward for consultation. This included developing a detailed Pre-Consultation Business Case which includes in-depth detail about how the new model of care and options were developed, scored and assured, why we need change including the clinical and financial case and information about how we have determined numbers of rehabilitation hospital beds and which consultant-led clinics should move to Royal Stoke University Hospital from Leek Moorlands Community Hospital. You can read more about this in Pre-Consultation.
The Pre-Consultation Business Case was considered by the CCGs’ governing bodies at a meeting held in public on 4 December 2018 (view papers). The final shortlist of options for both community hubs and beds was approved at this meeting. This is the shortlist of options we are now consulting on.
Scrutiny and Assurance
We underwent a rigorous process of scrutiny and assurance throughout our journey. You can read more about the process in Scrutiny & Assurance.
We are now at the stage of consulting with local people on the proposals we believe will deliver the best outcomes for people in Northern Staffordshire. You can read more in Consultation.
Next steps: Decisions
This consultation ran for 14 weeks from 10 December 2018 to 17 March 2019.
The responses received during the consultation are now being analysed independently and a report will be produced. This report will be presented to North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs for consideration before any decisions on service change are taken.
The two governing bodies will meet together but as they are separate organisations, they can make separate decisions for each area if they need to. This meeting will be held in public and we will publish all the relevant documents and report on the event on this website.
Once the CCGs’ governing bodies have made their decisions, we will let everyone know the outcome. Then the hard work to implement any changes will begin. We will keep you updated on our progress throughout.
NHS England and the Consultation Institute will monitor and check our decision-making process.