Have your say on proposals to improve respiratory services

Patient care is at the heart of everything we do. This is why it is so important that we involve local people in any plans to change healthcare services, every step of the way. We are currently encouraging Sandwell and West Birmingham residents to help shape the future of our respiratory services as part of a listening exercise which is being run from 23 September 2019 to 18 October. You can have your say by completing our survey by clicking here or attending one of the following events:

Sandwell Health and Care Forum
Date: 1st October 2019
Time: 1:15 pm– 3:15 pm
Venue: Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands. DY4 0BS

Ladywood and Perry Barr Health and Care Forum
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 1:15 – 3:15 pm
Venue: Safeside, Handsworth Fire Station, Rookery Road, Handsworth. B21 9QU

Healthwatch Sandwell – Health and Social Care Group
Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Venue: Yemini Community Centre, Tildesley Street, West Bromwich. B70 9SJ

The opening of the new Midland Met Hospital has unfortunately been delayed due to the liquidation of our construction partner, Carillion. With funding secured, and a new partner selected, the building is now scheduled to open in 2022. This delay means that our already stretched acute hospital services have to continue on two sites for longer. In order to make the services safe and sustainable until 2022 we need to make some changes now.

We are proposing to create a specialist inpatient respiratory hub at City Hospital, Birmingham, for all patients with respiratory conditions who need to stay in hospital for longer than 48 hours. The service will be on the same site as our urgent cardiology service with our dedicated cardiac wards. This service was successfully centralised onto one site a few years ago which helped to improve patient services and make them more efficient.

The changes that we are proposing will enable patients to see specialist respiratory staff more quickly, the time that some patients spend in hospital will be reduced and respiratory clinicians will have more time to support our acute medical units at City Hospital enabling us to keep those units at Sandwell and City running 24/7.

We would like to hear from as many residents and groups as possible before the survey closes on 18 October. This is a great opportunity for everyone to help shape their local services by giving us their views. So, please have your say by completing the survey or attending one of our events.

You can download our Consultation document by clicking here.

Harmonised Clinical Treatment Policy Phase 3 Engagement

Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG is undertaking Phase 3 of the Harmonised Clinical Treatment Policy Project. This harmonised approach across Sandwell & West Birmingham is to facilitate consistent, evidence based policy development for planned patient care.

The remit of the Harmonised Treatment Policy Project is outlined by the Lead Planned Care GP Dr Geoff Naylor:

‘Treatment policies are designed to provide fair, consistent, and transparent access to treatment for patients. CCGs have finite resources and are required to ensure treatment policies are evidence-based, achieve best clinical outcomes for patients and provide the most cost-effective use of NHS resources. Our treatment policies have been developed to be informed by the most up to date clinical evidence, best practice and clinical opinion nationally. During this engagement period in Phase 3 treatment policies we would really value and appreciate feedback from clinical colleagues to ensure our next phase of treatment policies are as clinically robust as possible for our local patients.’

Between Thursday 5 September and Friday 11 October, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG will be engaging with clinical colleagues and the public regarding Phase 3a which includes the following 12 DRAFT policies:

1. Subacromial Pain
2. Image guided therapeutic intra-articular joint injections with corticosteroids with/without local anaesthetic
3. Image-guided HIGH VOLUME intra-articular injections (40mls+) of saline with or without corticosteroid and/or local anaesthetic
4. Exogen Bone Healing System
5. Liposuction for: Lymphoedema and Lipoedema
6. Bariatric Surgery
7. Knee Arthroscopy in Acute Knee Injury
8. Domiciliary Non-Invasive Ventilation
9. Surgical use of Biological Mesh
10. Non-Cosmetic Body Contouring
11. Adenoidectomy
12. Hysteroscopy for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Patients invited to have say on future of GP practice

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting patients of Dr Majeed at Bloomsbury Health Centre to have their say on the future of the Practice.

Dr Majeed’s practice was rated as ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2018 and were placed into ‘special measures’.

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England, with the purpose to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.

Have your say on Pain Management Services in Sandwell and West Birmingham

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently reviewing local Pain Management services for its population, to ensure people have equal access to a high quality, fit for purpose service.

This listening exercise is part of a wider review of musculoskeletal services in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

Seeking your experiences of Assisted Conception Services

When people seek treatment for infertility, their local Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for funding fertility services (such as In-Vitro Fertilisation, or IVF) to help women become pregnant.

So that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Black Country, Birmingham and Solihull, offer the most effective IVF services, they are seeking peoples experiences of assisted conception services.

Local people who have accessed assisted conception services in the last five years, including their relatives, are invited to share their views by completing an online survey.

Upcoming opportunities for the public, patients and other stakeholders to get involved in our consultations and engagement work will be advertised here shortly.