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Notice of CCG closure

From 1 July 2022 please visit our new ICB website https://staffsstoke.icb.nhs.uk/ 

On 1 July 2022, the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent closed down and the functions of the CCGs transferred to a new NHS organisation, known as an integrated care board. The new organisation is responsible for NHS spend and the day-to-day running of the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Therefore, Stoke CCG no longer exists and the responsibilities of the CCG, along with the other CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, have transferred to the new NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB).

These changes have taken place under the new Health and Care Act 2022, which amongst other things aims to tackle health inequalities and create safer, more joined-up services that will put the health and care system on a more sustainable footing. There are no changes to how local residents access NHS frontline services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of these changes.

From 1 July 2022 if you visit this website, you will be re-directed to the new ICB website.

Heather Johnstone - Director of Nursing and Quality

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Heather has a wealth of experience gained over many years and in a variety of healthcare settings, with a background in nursing and midwifery and clinical audit.

Heather's primary focus has always been quality and safety and has worked in NHS quality management since 1999. In 2005 she graduated from the Health Services Management Centre at Birmingham University with an MSc in Managing Quality in Healthcare. In 2009 she was appointed as PCT (primary care trust) Governor for Mid Staffordshire Hospitals following the first investigation. Heather used this experience and the learning from Mid Staffs to drive quality improvements for all local providers which still operate today.  During 2014, Heather supported Burton Hospitals through their Keogh review and contributed to driving improvements enabling them to come out of special measures.  

More recently in 2017 Heather was appointed as the single Director of Nursing and Quality for all six CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent and retains her responsibility for all aspects of high quality, safe patient care. 

In March 2019 Heather was delighted to be awarded a Visiting Fellowship with Staffordshire University and is currently exploring ideas for doctorate level study.

Heather believes that high quality, safe care should be the basis of all we do, to improve outcomes for patients and savings for the NHS, both of which are essential.