Better value and better services through more integrated care

After three consultations over a 12-month period our final proposals for the library service were approved at a meeting of our Cabinet. We have listened carefully to people and have come up with a structure that we know will invigorate our libraries so they are better used and can respond to changing needs in the future.

Twenty of our forty three libraries will be managed and staffed by the library service, while the remainder will be supported in the community.  As we’ve said from the start no library will be cut adrift and left to its own devices, they will all remain part of our family.  It has been simply about adapting to changing technology and keeping the service relevant to local needs for years to come.

At our last Cabinet we also agreed the decision to join forces with five Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire to deliver more integrated care as part of the Better Care Fund plans.  This will see us and the NHS pool resources to develop a joint approach.

We have been quick to recognise the importance of providing integrated health and social care to deliver better value and better services for people.  We have already made fundamental changes to our approach and the Better Care Fund is another example of how closer partnership work, sharing expertise and pooling budgets is key to supporting a sustainable NHS.

And finally, there is still time for our young sports stars to apply for funding from the “Staffordshire Talented Athlete Fund”. There are three categories of awards, Gold, Silver and Bronze, with grants of up to £750 available to help meet the costs associated with training and competition. We are very proud of our young athletes and want to nurture that talent.  For more information on the grant or to check eligibility visit www.sportacrossstaffordshire.co.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 6 March 2015.

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