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.
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.
FINANCE: NHS Stoke on Trent is seeing increasing spending in continuing care, primary care and high cost drugs budgets.
WORKFORCE: Two GPs have appointed to mental health roles with Stoke’s new clinical commissioning group.
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: Emergency admissions have fallen at the trust, bucking the regional trend.
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.
STRUCTURE: Nearly all South Staffordshire PCT GP practices are within one of five emerging clinical commissioning groups.
FINANCE: NHS Stoke-on-Trent achieved just 30 per cent of its planned QIPP savings in 2010-11.
STRUCTURE: The Department of Health has deferred the approval of a new organisation made up of the provider arms of NHS Stoke on Trent, NHS North Staffordshire, South Staffordshire PCT and adult social services from Staffordshire County Council.
PERFORMANCE: Trusts across the Staffordshire primary care trust cluster have agreed to allocate £6.5m additional funding in an attempt to reduce a referral backlog.
PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s latest board papers note that its local health economy steering group has been asked to manage the introduction of a ‘mystery shopping programme’ across all its organisations.
STRUCTURE: The primary care trust has stepped down a board sub-committee dealing with strategic commissioning.
WORKFORCE: The chief executive of NHS Stoke on Trent has been appointed to the top position in the Staffordshire primary care trust cluster.
STRUCTURE: A small fire broke out at the Haywood Hospital in Burslem on 10 March, NHS Stoke on Trent has said.
FINANCE: NHS North Staffordshire has said it is “on track” to achieve a small surplus at the end of the year.
STRUCTURE: NHS Stoke on Trent has signed a concordat on future health planning with its local authority.
WORKFORCE: Three primary care trusts in Staffordshire have announced that a vice president of AstraZeneca has been appointed as the interim chair for its provider arm.