Building on our Successes with the Board & our Medics


As an example of how we will be building on our successes, the Board held an all-day development session last Thursday, where we were able to further develop our plans and thinking for moving forward. The theme of the day was strengthening our integrated working and considering how we move from our current Alliance Board to an Integrated Care Partnership.

The day involved sessions with Sir Neil Mckay, the Chair of our STP, Mike Pyrah, the chair of our Alliance Board, Councillor Ann James, leader of Stoke-on-Trent Council and Paul Edmondson-Jones, Director of Social Care and Wellbeing, also from the Council. The sessions were really positive and a very productive exchange of views on the opportunities and challenges we face as a system and how we can rise to them.

We continue to have discussions with our health economy partners about our plans and contract for 19/20. As indicated in my previous blogs, these are challenging due to the health economy financial position. We continue to explore how we can maximise the mental health commissioning budgets across Staffordshire for the best service user experience.


Our Medical Leaders are hugely important to the success of Combined, so it was a real pleasure to be able to attend their latest “Towards Outstanding Medical Leadership” event last Wednesday.

It was great to be able to share with our Medical Leaders the great success of the CQC results. Other members of the Executive team also attended the workshop, which has had really positive feedback. It has been really positive to see how our medics have been working together in the last year or so to really embrace the journey the Trust is on and play an important role as part of this.