Commitment and conversation

I believe that working well with our partners is critical to our success.  This week I have spent a lot of time meeting partners.  On Wednesday I was pleased to welcome the senior management from Staffordshire Police to County Buildings.  Later the same day I visited Stafford Hospital and was able to meet some of the staff.  Despite the pressures of the Public Enquiry, I was impressed by their commitment to improving patient care.

 I have also had several meetings with Chief Executives from Staffordshire’s districts and boroughs.  All our partners share our ultimate aim of improving residents’ lives and the prosperity of the county, while needing to provide value for money.  Behind the scenes we are working smarter and better together.  I have really appreciated the opportunities to hear about the way partners are changing, and to update them on our own new ways of working. 

 At Cabinet this week, we were pleased to note our progress in improving the way we work.  Among the many recent improvements we have made it much easier for customers to contact us, we have been part of a successful bid to create a Local Enterprise Partnership, and we are very well prepared to keep the county moving in the event of bad weather.  In addition we announced a freeze in council tax, which will make a big difference to residents.

 If you work in the Moorlands and haven’t had chance to hear about our new ways of working, please do book onto the ‘Your Voice’ session on Monday 22 November at 3pm at Staffordshire Moorlands Children’s Centre in Biddulph. 

Finally, there are two surveys where we would really like your feedback.  The Your Voice Survey will be done every three months and will help us find out how you think we could do things better, what’s worrying you the most and where we need to do things differently. This will help us inform how we do things in the future and will also allow us to measure how we’re doing.

 And if you work in Stafford and haven’t yet completed the car parking survey, please do so.  The results will play a major part in helping us to ensure that we invest in sufficient car parking spaces for staff.

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