New Health plan for the county goes to Cabinet

On Sunday 10 November I attended my local church St. Michael’s in Rocester for their Annual Remembrance Sunday service (as I have done for the last 30 years).  I also visited the National Memorial Arboretum on Monday for a special Armistice Day service.

It’s important that we take time to remember the sacrifices that millions of people made during the many wars that our country has endured.  Staffordshire is very proud of its historic connections with the armed forces and the County Council is committed to supporting them however we can.  The county council signed the Armed Forces Community covenant in May 2012 and we are looking forward to welcoming two Signal Regiments from Germany over the next few years.

I hope you saw Staffordshire featured on BBC Countryfile which I mentioned last week.  Part of the programme also focused on the role that Cannock Chase played in the training of troops for the Great War and the unearthing of the terrain model of the Messines Ridge.

Turning our attention to health again, the delivery of more integrated health and social care in the community is the key focus of a five-year plan to promote the health and wellbeing of people in the county.

The new approach aims to improve the quality of life for residents and tackle a future funding gap of £292 million across health and social care by 2018.  In the report, which goes to Cabinet on November 20, we are recommending that members endorse the approach of the Health & Wellbeing Board and its five-year strategy.

Great news for Uttoxeter heritage and the Redfern Cottage Trust and Volunteers, who have been awarded £40k from the National Lottery to revamp the cottage.  Redfern Cottage dates back to the 17th Century and has been open to the public since the 1980s.  It’s an independent museum that brings together the history of life in the town – worth a visit if you haven’t already been.

The Trust plan to improve access and conserve parts of the grade II listed building, as well as create new displays and exhibitions.  They are keen to get more volunteers on board, so if you can help out, give them a call.

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