A report commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups made a number of recommendations for the service including a need for more front-line staff. As a result nearly 70 posts have been created, including district nurse roles as well as administration staff.
Extra investment from both CCGs has been ploughed into the service which will pay for the extra staff. A Project Board has also been set up to ensure the agreed recommendations are carried out to ensure the service reflects the patient’s needs.
Dr Alison Bradley, a Clinical Director for North Staffordshire CCG said: “People are living longer with long term conditions and the emphasis really is on providing care in the community, rather than in a hospital bed. Our community nursing service has a vitally important role to play in this.
She added: “We have been speaking with GP practices about how the proposed teams will work. And in the coming months, working closely with Stoke-on-Trent CCG and the Partnership Trust we’ll be outlining what the service will look like, what GP practices can expect from their community nursing services, as well as the new ways of working.” Dr David Phillips a Clinical Director with Stoke-on-Trent CCG was also involved in the review process. He said: “The community nursing service will be monitored by the project board and will be reviewed six months after the nursing teams have been in post to see what impact the investment has made. We hope it will significantly improve the delivery of the service and care for our local population.” Siobhan Heafield, Director of Nursing and Quality for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust said: “The Partnership Trust has had a very positive response to the national advertisements placed. The first round of recruitment has now taken place and a number of very enthusiastic and skilled Band 6 nurses have already been recruited. These staff will be taking up their post from August onwards and will be closely followed by additional clinicians. These new staff will have undergone a thorough and rigorous training process and will bring skills, knowledge and commitment to this developing service. “