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Staffordshire Police call-off hunt for NHS whistleblower

WORKFORCE: Staffordshire Police has told HSJ no further action will be taken in the hunt for an NHS whistleblower who leaked information about a doctor accused of negligence.

Staffordshire Partnership launches FT consultation

STRUCTURE: People living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to have their say on future plans for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust.

Poor social care providers should be named says Midlands council

A Midlands county council has proposed naming and shaming providers of poor care in a shake-up of adult social services.

Tribute paid to former North Staffordshire PCT chair

WORKFORCE: Tributes have been paid to former North Staffordshire PCT chairman George Wiskin, who died suddenly last week.

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Analysed: dealing with the legacy of Mid Staffs

HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week we examine the problems facing Staffordshire as it deals with the legacy of Mid Staffs, reconfiguration and financial drought.

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Mid Staffs could merge with neighbour

Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust could merge with University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust, HSJ understands.

Consultation on new GP centre

STRUCTURE: NHS North Staffordshire has launched a public consultation to ask the local community to help design a new primary care centre.

Staffordshire trusts join new patient body

STRUCTURE: A raft of NHS organisations have signed up to a new independent body created by a Midlands county council to improve public confidence in the health and social care sector.

New patient body praised in Staffordshire

STRUCTURE: A Midlands county council has been praised for creating an independent body to bring together patient advocacy and health service information into a single body.

PMS contracts being cut by £800,000 in Staffs and Stoke

FINANCE: Personal medical services contracts in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to be reduced by around £800,000 across the whole cluster next financial year.

County council to handle health and social care complaints

STRUCTURE: Staffordshire County Council is planning to introduce a single complaints service for health and social care in the county.

Midlands announces cluster chairs

WORKFORCE: NHS Midlands and East has announced the appointment of four chairs to the newly created primary care trust cluster organisations across the region and two new trust chairs.

Northern Staffordshire facing 18 weeks backlog

PERFORMANCE: Northern Staffordshire has a backlog of 527 patients on the 18 weeks waiting list, affecting those in NHS Stoke-on-Trent, NHS North Staffordshire and University Hospitals of North Staffordshire.

Staffordshire community providers form partnership trust

STRUCTURE: Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust was launched as a new provider organisation on 1 September.

18 week target remains a 'challenge' in North Staffs

PERFORMANCE: The main “performance challenge” of the North Staffordshire PCT trust remains the achievement of the 18 week referral to treatment target for inpatient and day case surgery.

Mid Staffordshire foundation trust introduces hospital passports scheme

PERFORMANCE: A hospital passport has been introduced at Mid Staffordshire foundation trust to capture the needs of patients prior to them attending hospital.

Emergency admissions down but A&E attendance up at University Hospital of North Staffs

PERFORMANCE: Emergency admissions have fallen at the trust, bucking the regional trend.

Proposals to change mental health services across North Staffs

STRUCTURE: The structure and use of mental health beds in North Staffordshire is being reviewed.

North Staffordshire consults on mental health service changes

STRUCTURE: North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has launched a public consultation, in partnership with NHS North Staffordshire and NHS Stoke on Trent, on its future plans for mental health services.

Trust U-turns over weight loss operation funding

FINANCE: A primary care trust that won two legal battles after rejecting a former policeman’s request for weight-loss surgery has changed its mind and agreed to provide funding for the operation.