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Adults in Staffordshire with mental health conditions needing social care support and assessments are currently supported by two organisations - South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust (NSCHT).

Staffordshire County Council is legally responsible for making sure social care for adults with mental health conditions is available to people across Staffordshire. In May 2009 the County Council agreed that SSSFT and NSCHT would provide these functions on its behalf through a formal process called a 'Section 75 Partnership Agreement.'

The County Council is now looking to implement a new 'Section 75 Partnership Agreement' with just one provider of adult social care mental health services across Staffordshire from 2018 - SSSFT - believing this to be the best approach for the future.

The lead for Primary Care Wellbeing services in Telford has been named the winner of the Chairman’s Award for Leadership in South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s annual staff awards.

Lucy Cotterill has led the Telford Primary Care Wellbeing Service though major change and has achieved high recovery rates and robust links with local GPs and neighbourhoods. Under her leadership the service has also been commissioned to provide specialist help to people with long term conditions such as diabetes and respiratory conditions.

A pharmacy technician working at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a Clinical Rising Star in the Trust’s Positively Different Awards.

Emily Austin-George is based at St George’s Hospital in Stafford but provides support to sexual health clinics in Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth as well as leading on the pharmacy requirements to support the Trust to provide good physical health care to the people on its inpatient wards.

A team which is committed to supporting recovery and wellbeing through shared learning has been recognised with an award.

The Wellbeing and Recovery College offers courses ranging from Art for Creative Wellbeing, to Anxiety management. All learning is delivered by a partnership of professional and peer trainer at a range of community venues across South Staffordshire and Shropshire.

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