Latest developments

Trust wins national finance award  

Our finance team were winners at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Awards in December 2016. The team won the Costing Award, which focuses on improvements in costing processes and costing information that has led to better information for organisations to use when making decisions about service delivery.

The award was in recognition of the finance team's pioneering work as one of only a few trusts in the mental health sector with a fully-developed patient-level information and costing system (PLICS). The work was carried out prior to PLICS being mandated nationally for mental health trusts.

New ward opened to support health and care system

A new older people's assessment ward was opened at Harplands Hospital in November 2016 to help alleviate some of the pressures on the urgent care system in the county. With the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust facing significant pressures this winter, commissioners from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups asked the Trust to open a 19-bed nursing assessment ward for older people with dementia who have had an inpatient stay at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Stoke on Trent described as 'top performing' in new mental health ratings

Stoke-on-Trent was one of 13 areas in England to be assessed as 'top performing' in new ratings on mental health published by NHS England in 2016. The ratings, which are broken down by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and published on MyNHS, are part of the new Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCGIAF) for 2016/17. They give an initial baseline rating in six clinical priority areas. For mental health, they focus on elements of two national standards – the number of people who are moving to recovery following treatment from Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, and those receiving treatment within two weeks of referral when experiencing a first episode psychosis.

The recovery rate for Healthy Minds Stoke-on-Trent IAPT service – a partnership between our Trust, Changes and North Staffs Mind – was 59.1%. The Trust's Early Intervention Team's performance for the early intervention psychosis two-week CEO Report November 2016 NSCHT standard was 78.3%. The figures are based on data from January and March this year. North Staffordshire CCG was rated as 'performing well' with 63.8% of people moving to recovery with North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service (IAPT).

Trust's journey of improvement featured in 2016 Parliamentary Review

The Trust's improvement journey to realise its ambitions and vision to provide outstanding services was featured alongside The Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 2015/16 Healthcare Edition of the Parliamentary Review -  a key publication showcasing the outstanding work of health organisations.

Published to coincide with the start of the Parliamentary year, the Trust features alongside a small number of outstanding organisations in the health sector. In the publication, our Chief Executive Caroline Donovan shares some of our major achievements over the last 12 months and the challenges that have been overcome.

These include the clinical pathway redesign programme undertaken to strengthen the integration of physical, mental health and social care. Other highlights include the strengthening of our partnerships, and the improvements to our services through our SPAR quality priorities of providing safe, personalised, accessible and recovery-focused care.