A new online survey opens today to gather the views of local people on how to deliver the best services to all patients in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to meet their changing health needs.
The opening of the survey coincides with the completion of a series of five public listening events held around the area. The last was held last night in Cheadle.
The survey will now give people further opportunities to work with NHS health commissioners to develop options that will go to public consultation in 2018.
The aim is to design high quality, accessible and affordable local health services that meet the needs of patients in and around Leek Moorlands Hospital, Haywood Hospital, Longton Cottage Hospital, Bradwell Hospital and Cheadle Hospital. Over 300 people have attended the recent listening events held in these areas.
Dr Steve Fawcett, Medical Director for the CCGs said: “People have already told us that patient safety is the number one priority, and that patients benefit from being – and prefer to be – at home. They have also told us that they wanted to be assured that the new model will be implemented carefully and that the right community services will be in place.
“We have been particularly impressed with both the attendance at the public listening events and the quality of feedback we have received, with other clear themes beginning to emerge.
“The survey gives local patients a further opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions, taking into consideration the need to spend the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent £ wisely, the need for everyone to be able to access services and the differing needs of communities in an area that is extremely diverse.”
The survey includes a comprehensive list of the services currently provided locally.
The survey will remain open until Sunday January 7 2018. This gives people a full calendar month to respond plus the week of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Tracey Shewan, the CCG’s Director of Nursing of Quality said: “No decisions have been made at this stage so we will be looking carefully at everything we are told. This will include the wealth of feedback we have already received from the five listening events in October and November.
“We are also holding other listening events aimed at particular stakeholder groups including the voluntary sector and locally elected members.”
The responses will be compiled into a long list of options and the CCGs will work with representatives of local residents to consider the ‘long list’ and produce a ‘short list’ which will be part of the CCGs’ Pre-Consultation Business Case. That will then be submitted to NHS England for their consideration before the formal public consultation process can take place.
The public consultation will take place in 2018. The Survey can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/DesignFutureHealth