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Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organisation involving 85 GP practices serving around 588,441 patients across the Sandwell and West Birmingham area. Find out more...

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Introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives a ‘major success’

The introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives has been a major success, with the majority of those due to renew their registration revalidating successfully.

Latest figures show 90.48% percent (14,362) of the 15,873 due to revalidate in April have successfully renewed their registration through revalidation and only 1,401 have left the register. This is in line with the number of registrants we would normally expect to leave the register in any given April.

Outcomes from the Primary Care Listening Exercise

This work has now been completed

A six week listening exercise was conducted from 1 September 2015 to 16 October 2015 to ensure patients and stakeholders were effectively engaged in reaching the right decision for the local population.

At least 12,943 people were contacted through postal/electronic mailings and discussions took place across 45 engagement events/meetings with approximately 1,540 attendees.

Overall, 264 surveys were completed in response to the listening exercise – 202 were received by post, whilst 62 were completed online. Further anecdotal feedback was captured during wider discussions at the various meetings attended.

GP practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham launch mobile services to patients

Patients of GP practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham will soon benefit from receiving appointment reminders and health information via text message. If they have a smartphone patients will also be able to access information about their local health services via their mobile phone. Smartphones such as iPhone, Samsung and others currently account for more than 70% of all mobile phones in use in the UK. This percentage is rising rapidly offering a new way for GP surgeries to interact with their patients beyond traditional text messaging services.

With 91% of the UK adult population owning a mobile phone (77% in the 65-74 age group) practices can reach a significant number of their patients through this service. Text messages are free to receive for the patient. If patients choose to respond or access the smartphone service, they will be charged standard operator rates depending on their individual contract.

To benefits from these services patients are encouraged to hand in their mobile phone number to their practice. If patients have already their mobile phone number recorded with their GP, they will receive a text message to let them know that the service is running.

People's Choice Award: Health commissioner reveals winner of prestigious accolade

The Birmingham Peer Educator Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Project is the winner of the People's Choice Award chosen by local people as part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Equality Awards.

The eight-strong team has been trained to empower the communities of Aston, Sparkbrook and Smethwick with kidney and related health information. The scheme has recruited more than 1,000 donors, a significant result which involved overcoming considerable challenges in tackling a sensitive and taboo subject.

Successful summit raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Over 100 health professionals from all disciplines came together yesterday (17 February) to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The event, organised in conjunction with Barnardo’s and provider organisations across Sandwell and West Birmingham, aimed to help staff and clinicians spot the signs of exploitation at an early stage. 

Delegates had the opportunity to hear a personal account of a family affected by CSE, as well as learn about the latest guidance on all aspects of exploitation, including online grooming, trafficking of children and sexual offences.

We also launched our short educational film, called Know the Signs. Produced in partnership with Chatback, it tells the story of a young person who is being exploited and her journey through health services.

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