Health and wellbeing for 0-4 years
Health Services in the Staffordshire Local Offer are either commissioned by the NHS (Integrated Care Board and NHS England) or Public Health (Staffordshire County Council).
Commissioned services are delivered by various providers including the NHS, private and independent sector organisations.
Some services are available for everyone (universal services) and other services require a referral (targeted or specialist services). There is often an eligibility criteria for targeted or specialist services.
All NHS commissioned services are free at point of use.
Search our blue health directories above for information on NHS, private and independent sector organisations.
What are universal services?
These are available in the local area without the need for a specialist assessment. You do not need to see someone else first or be referred to use universal services.
- Health visitor
- Public health advisory service
- General practitioner (GP)
What are specialised and targeted services?
Services commissioned by the Integrated Care Board are not available unless your child has a suspected or identified health need. A referral will be required to access these services for you or your child.
What is an Integrated Care Board?
The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System (ICS) was formed on 1st July 2022. It brings together a range of partners to redesign the way we plan and deliver health and care services. This includes local and neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary sector. This approach enables more effective use of resources, leading to higher quality, more efficient and effective services.
There are several parts of the Staffordshire and Stoke-onTrent ICS that include:
- The NHS Integrated Care Board. This is a new organisation that will be legally responsible for NHS spend. It replaces the previous Clinical Commissioning Groups. It is known as the NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB).
- An Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). This is not an organisation but is a regular meeting that brings together around 60 senior health and care partners. It will be responsible for developing the overall health and care strategy for the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
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What is a designated clinical officer?
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board have appointed Designated Clinical Officers (DCOs) to support the implementation of the Children and Families Act and the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) legislation.
The DCO has a key role in ensuring that there is an awareness and understanding of the SEND legislation by all of local health providers of services.
There is a requirement for local health services that are already involved in meeting the health and medical needs of a child or young person with SEND to contribute to an assessment of all their needs. This is usually given by means of a report to support the application and preparation of an Education Health and Care Plan. The advice should include details of the support and/or care that a child requires to meet the outcomes agreed by the child or young person, their parents or carers, and the health provider.
The DCO has a role in ensuring that this is facilitated on behalf of the Integrated Care Board.
- The DCO covering the area of South Staffordshire is Cathy Morris. Cathy can be contacted by email at Catherine.Morris@staffsstoke.icb.nhs.uk
or by telephone on 01785 301797 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
- The DCO covering the area of North Staffordshire/Stoke on Trent is Catherine Lewin. Catherine can be contacted by email Catherine.Lewin@staffsstoke.icb.nhs.uk or by telephone on 01785 907776
Which services does the Integrated Care Board commission?
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board is legally responsible for planning and buying a wide range of health and care services for the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. These include GP and primary care services, hospital care, community healthcare and mental health services. This responsibility will expand to include pharmacy, dental, optometry (eyecare) and some specialised services over the coming months.
What is the role of NHS England?
NHS England provides national leadership for the NHS. Through the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England promote high quality health and care for all, and support NHS organisations to work in partnership to deliver better outcomes for our patients and communities, at the best possible value for taxpayers and to continuously improve the NHS.
NHS England also commissions a small number of specialised services, screening services and vaccinations programmes.
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