The NHS belongs to the people of Stafford and its surrounding areas but if we are to sustain a high quality, free at the point of need health and social care service, there are significant challenges we must address.
People are living longer with more complex conditions and sometimes making lifestyle choices that lead to an increase in conditions such as obesity or cancer and rising healthcare costs. The majority of money that the NHS has to spend is also currently spent on hospital care rather than keeping people well and preventing them from needing hospital care in the first place – this direction of travel needs to change.
Doing nothing is not an option – the NHS cannot meet future challenges without change, but the CCG wants to make sure that we take the people of Stafford and surrounds on that journey with us – working alongside us to make the best decisions for the local population.
Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) also recognises the vital role that patients and the public will have to play if we are to achieve our vision of people living healthier for longer. We need to identify where services are meeting the needs of our patients but more importantly where there are inequalities, especially if we are to reduce the variation in life expectancy that we have.
We also recognise that we have a duty to involve the people of Stafford and Surrounds in the planning, development and delivery of services that will not only support our vision and values, but help us to achieve our goals.
There are many ways for patients to become directly involved with Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group. You could: