General Practice Team of the Year 2016
We were delighted that our Medicines Quality Team won the Team of the Year award at the 2016 General Practice Awards demonstrating the reputation we have for clinical leadership and commissioning.
Dr Gwyn Harris, at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: "So, we are delighted to win this special award which recognises our significant successes."
Further success at the General Practice Awards
Rachel Hebbert is also to be congratulated on being short-listed in the Innovators of the Year category for the ANP domiciliary visiting service at Regis Medical Centre.
At member practice level, Modality Partnership was recognised for community services for dermatology – well done to Dr Naresh Rati who has specialised in creating a new model for dermatology services in primary care over the last decade.
Health Service Journal Awards 2016
It was also real pleasure to see that our staff nominated Andy Williams as NHS Chief Executive of the Year. Andy recieved Highly Commended, a top prize for an Accountable Officer for a CCG as this award nearly always goes to provider trusts.
26 November 2015 - Commissioners of the Year 2015
We’re really proud to have been named Commissioners of the Year at the General Practice Awards, yesterday 26 November. This is the second year in a row that we have received this prestigious award, which is thanks to our incredible staff and GPs who have been working to tackle malnutrition locally.
The Medicines Quality Team, working with our clinical lead Dr Gwyn Harris, has been working hard to improve prescribing practices amongst GP practices and improve quality within care homes.
Thank you to everyone involved in this project.
18 November 2015 - Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG named as best in country – for the second time in three years
Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group was named as Clinical Commissioning Group of the year at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards held in London on November 18.
The judges picked out a number of factors that led to the organisation’s success, namely:
• The investment of £4.2m in healthy community pilots that developed targeted support to prevent illnesses and improve health for more than 200,000 patients.
• Efforts to improve access to primary care for migrants, in a bid to reduce A&E attendances, that led to 345 new patients registering at four GP practices
Judges praised the CCG’s “focused and compelling vision” as well as its “enthusiasm and energy”.
Welcoming the award, Dr Nick Harding, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and a GP in Handsworth Wood, said: “On behalf of our GP Practices’ and staff we are thrilled to win this award again. Through our partnership working with health and local authority colleagues, we continue to improve health services for our half a million local patients. Its exciting times for healthcare in our local community and this award recognises the good progress we are making.”
12 November 2015 - Highly commended at the Association of Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) National Forum
Our Communications team was highly commended at the Association of Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) National Forum on November 12. The team was recognised in the ‘Best Internal Communications’ category.
The successful industry event attracted delegates from across the country and saw talks from the inspirational Dr Kate Granger (“Hello my name is” campaign) and Simon Enright, Director of Communications for NHS England.
20 November 2014 - Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG named as Commissioners of the Year 2014
We’re really proud to have been named as Commissioners of the Year, at the prestigious Pulse General Practice Awards in London on 20 November 2014. .
Our collaborative approach working with clinicians, patients and staff came through clearly. Around 50 clinical leaders work with us to ensure that the member voice is embedded in all our decisions. On top of this we have a strong, established engagement model, putting patients at the heart of every decision. Lay members and patient advisors are involved at all levels of the organisation.
This is recognition of our fantastic membership and dedicated staff, who helped us win this award.
We know there is still more to do to deliver quality care for local people and we want to continue to strive for the best.
19 November 2013 - Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Named Best in Country
The NHS organisation responsible for planning and buying health services for the residents of Sandwell and West Birmingham is celebrating after scooping a national award.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was named Clinical Commissioning Group of the year at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards held in London on November 19.
The judges picked out a number of factors that led to the organisation’s success, namely:
- improving patient experience
- increased focus on working with communities and voluntary organisations
- good understanding of the population’s health needs and how it can deliver improvements by working collaboratively with nine health and local authority organisations
- solid information and analysis systems that help understand local health issues
- an accountable grassroots model for GP members and patients that gives robust local knowledge, supporting the CCG to buy quality health services for local residents
- a ‘John Lewis’-style of customer care being introduced to provide an improved customer service by capturing intelligence and feedback about patient experience.
The judges praised the CCG as being one of the most ambitious in the country, with strong collaborative leadership, ability to deliver, and “true recognition of system-wide responsibility for the population’s healthcare”.
Welcoming the award, Dr Nick Harding, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and a GP in Handsworth Wood, said: “On behalf of our GP practices and staff we are thrilled to win this award. As I said when we were shortlisted, this is a great achievement for a young organisation but we’re clear that this is only the start, and we want to continue to improve health services for our half a million local patients. This award recognises the progress we are making, and our thanks go to everyone who has made it possible.”
14 November 2013 - Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group wins Social Enterprise Award
Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has won an award for its partnership with Agewell – a local social enterprise offering befriending and support services to older people.
The CCG won the Social Enterprise Partner category in the Social Enterprise West Midlands Awards held on November 14.
Agewell staff decided to become an independent social enterprise under the NHS ‘Right to Provide’ scheme in 2012. Through the transition of the NHS, the CCG supported Agewell to help them become a social enterprise and adapt their business to be able to continue after the NHS changes. Agewell secured a three year initial start-up contract with the CCG earlier this year (2013) to enable it to become an independent organisation. In recognition of this support, Agewell nominated Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG for this award.
Welcoming the award, Dr Nick Harding, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG said: “Agewell has been a dedicated partner over the past few years, helping to improve services for residents in Sandwell and West Birmingham.
“Its trained volunteers work within the community to offer a befriending service to isolated and vulnerable people and, as a CCG, we recognise this has clear health benefits for local residents. Agewell can identify if patients are at risk or need further support to help them remain at home for longer, reducing hospital admissions and helping to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.”
Deborah Harrold, Chief Executive at Agewell, said: “With the CCG’s support we have been able to continue to address the issues that affect older people’s quality of life and to ensure they have a say in the design, redesign and evaluation of health services. We were delighted to nominate the CCG for the award. Particular thanks should go to Andy Williams and Nick Harding – Accountable Officer and Chair of the CCG – for their support.”
Pictured: CCG Accountable Officer, Andy Williams, collects the award.
24 October 2013 - Award Recognition for CCG Members
Members of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG are celebrating after walking away with top places at this year’s National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) awards.
Smethwick Medical Centre’s Jayne Hunt was named Practice Manager of the Year, while Nadia Ahmed and the Healthy Communities Collaborative Team from Pathfinder Healthcare Developments (PHD) won the Public Health award.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in Birmingham, held as part of the NAPC conference.
“We were very proud to have been shortlisted but we went along to the ceremony knowing we were up against strong national competition,” said Jayne. “So when it was announced we’d won both titles, we were absolutely delighted.”