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30 June 2022


The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System (ICS) operates in collaboration alongside local and neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary sector.

The partners have a clear shared ambition to work with local people, communities, and staff to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and to use their collective resources more effectively.

Read our ‘Introducing Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS document here.

The key four aims of all ICSs are to:

Improve outcomes in population health and healthcare

Improve outcomes in population health and healthcare

Tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access

Tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access

Enhance productivity and value for money

Enhance productivity and value for money

Help the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

Help the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

For local people, this means:

  • more joined-up and better care – as we work together to bridge gaps between services
  • everyone has access to high-quality services wherever they live – helping to reduce inequalities
  • being empowered and supported to take an active role in their health and wellbeing – as we put an emphasis on prevention
  • being put at the heart of decisions made about health and care services
  • services brought closer to the people who use them
  • being helped to live independent and healthy lives – as we promote community-centred care
  • health and social care professionals have access to more data and technology to inform decisions
  • one system with one strategy – to connect everyone who uses, delivers and manages health and care services
  • the best use of ​money and resources – as we work closely as a health and care system.

System partners recognise that one organisation working in isolation cannot solve the demand pressures that the system is currently facing. Stark health inequality challenges remain across the system and an urgent need to improve outcomes for our population whilst living within our collective resources.

The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) set out key ambitions for the next 10 years and the main commitments to making sure everyone gets the best start in life, delivering world-class care for major health problems, and supporting our population to age well.

The government published the Health and Care Bill in July 2021, which sets out the way forward for ICSs and is currently under parliamentary review. The proposals in the Bill are intended to deliver better and more joined-up care across the health and social care system.

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that all the plans and ways of working have needed to be reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain relevant and appropriate for the challenges that we face. The pandemic has accelerated our partnership working and some of our priorities such as increased use of digital services and technology.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS has agreed that their vision is
to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work.

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