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Staffordshire health and social care integration extension proposed

The deal to integrate health and social care will focus on older people Photo: PA Wire

Staffordshire County Council is hoping to agree on a new deal to improve integrated health and social care for residents.

If agreed, the deal would extend the partnership between the council and the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) for a further three years initially.

The original agreement in 2012 saw the transfer of more than 1,100 adult care staff to the trust - creating the country's largest integrated health and social care trust.

The new agreement looks particularly in more detail at how together we can support the elderly and the more vulnerable get the joined-up care they need through a fully integrated health and social care support system at the best stage for them.

– Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council

The proposals to renew the contract for the next three years initially will be discussed at the next meeting of Cabinet today.