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.

The trust is the country’s largest provider of integrated community health and social care services and is consulting about plans to improve services and become a foundation trust.

It provides services such as district nursing, health visiting, social work assessment, occupational therapy and physiotherapy in a variety of settings including community hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, the community, prisons and in patients’ homes. 

During the next 12 weeks staff from the trust will be attending public meetings, giving presentations to local groups and appearing at major community events.

Stuart Poynor, chief executive of the trust, said: “Our aim is to transform the way care is delivered to local people with an integrated and proactive approach to supporting people with long term conditions.

“We are a new trust and this exciting new phase offers us the opportunity to both simplify care for people in Staffordshire but also deliver the key strategic priorities around improved quality, patient and service user experience and the ability to focus on prevention and promoting independence.”

Professor Nigel Ratcliffe, its chair, added: “We believe that becoming a foundation trust is the best way for us to fulfil our exciting plans for local health and social care services.”