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.

The aspirant community health organisation, due to be named Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust, was hoping to be established on 1 July - three months later than the official date for Transforming Community Services.

But it has been asked to resubmit its application later this year for a “potential Q3 establishment”.

NHS West Midlands is meeting the shadow board on 15 June.