Newsletter - March 2016 - Coming Next

Two initiatives that will be launched soon in Stockport:

Elective Care Rapid Testing Programme

Following a presentation given to NHS England earlier in the year, Stockport Together has been chosen to take part in a national programme of work called the ‘Elective Care Rapid Testing programme’.

Stockport Together was selected by NHS England, along with only two other areas, as a result of of the commitment, passion and enthusiasm that was conveyed by the team in the presentation. Laura Wilkes from NHS England commented: “We’re very excited to be working with Stockport Together on this programme."

NHS England will now work with Stockport Together to co-design, test and implement a programme of transformation in elective care, using 'rapid cycles of change methodologies'. The programme will run for a period of around five months, starting in March 2016.

The Stockport Together team will work with NHS England as part of this national programme in the following three areas:

  • Referral Models – which will focus on access to specialist advice and 'whole system peer review'
  • Out Patient Appointments – concerned with delivering a smoother and seamless movement of patients through the outpatient system and patient activation
  • Shared Decision Making – considering what a group consultation would look like, virtual methods supporting shared decision making and links to - and support from - the voluntary sector

North West NHS Leadership Academy

Stockport Together has been shortlisted for a funding grant from the North West NHS Leadership Academy to develop a systems leadership programme for health and care leaders in our eight neighbourhoods.

Following a competitive application process, a small team from Stockport Together was invited to pitch our plans at a Dragon’s Den style panel at the Leadership Academy on Wednesday 16th March.

The plans presented focussed on putting support for GPs, nurses, social workers, other professionals and the voluntary sector who are developing a new service model in place.The team explained that it was really important to equip our frontline leaders with new skills to work across professional groups in a person-centred way, which focuses on working with the people of Stockport to start to encourage more healthy lifestyle choices across the borough.

A decision will be taken at the beginning of April and if we are successful we will work with the Leadership Academy to source a partner to deliver a development package that meets the needs of our neighbourhood teams

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