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.
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.
A Midlands county council has proposed naming and shaming providers of poor care in a shake-up of adult social services.
WORKFORCE: Tributes have been paid to former North Staffordshire PCT chairman George Wiskin, who died suddenly last week.
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.
Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust could merge with University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust, HSJ understands.
STRUCTURE: NHS North Staffordshire has launched a public consultation to ask the local community to help design a new primary care centre.
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.
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.
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.
STRUCTURE: Staffordshire County Council is planning to introduce a single complaints service for health and social care in the county.
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.
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.
STRUCTURE: Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust was launched as a new provider organisation on 1 September.
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.
PERFORMANCE: A hospital passport has been introduced at Mid Staffordshire foundation trust to capture the needs of patients prior to them attending hospital.
PERFORMANCE: Emergency admissions have fallen at the trust, bucking the regional trend.
STRUCTURE: The structure and use of mental health beds in North Staffordshire is being reviewed.
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.
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.