Our annual report for 2017/18 has just been published. The report highlights how the CCG has been making steps forward in innovative schemes such as the Primary Care Commissioning Framework (PCCF) which has heralded a step-change in local health.
The ground-breaking PCCF scheme has helped to diagnose thousands of people with hypertension and ensure that they receive the treatment they need to manage their condition. The pioneering initiative has also helped to save the lives of people with diabetes and reduce the number of strokes in Sandwell and West Birmingham by identifying over 1,000 people with Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
The CCG, a membership organisation involving 85 GP practices, has been encouraging GP practices to work together to offer enhanced services to local people. Patients are now benefiting from evening and weekend appointments either at their own GP practice or another local practice.
Highlights of achievements during the year include:
- The CCG met or exceeded all six financial statutory duties in 2017-18.
- The West Midlands Integrated Urgent Care Service combines NHS 111 access and out-of-hours GP services and the CCG is its lead commissioner. In 2017, the service launched an innovative mobile phone app. The Ask NHS app now has 84,189 users across the West Midlands.
- The CCG has been working with GP practices to implement Patient Online, enabling patients to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions. 70% of practices now offer this service and the CCG is supporting the remaining practices to roll out the initiative for all patients.
- The CCG hosted its inaugural General Practice Awards event in 2017. It was a great opportunity to celebrate success and innovation in primary care right across Sandwell and West Birmingham.
- Over 140 people from across the NHS, statutory and voluntary sectors attended the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards, which were held at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC, in November 2017. The awards, organised by the CCG, recognised and celebrated the outstanding work to address inequalities in health and well-being in the Sandwell and West Birmingham community.
Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:
"As our Annual Report shows, we are seeking innovative ways to improve the health of local people in the long term. We are delighted with the results of the PCCF scheme which is helping to develop general practice, encourage partnership working and deliver improvements in clinical outcomes for patients.
"I have been personally encouraged by the way that partners are working together to deliver the PCCF scheme. For example, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust’s Anticoagulation Services Team has been working closely with local GPs to improve stroke prevention. As a result of stroke prevention therapy, it is projected that there will be 40 fewer strokes in our local population over 12 months. This is a great example of primary and secondary care clinicians coming together to improve the health of local people.
"Looking towards 2018/19, I am excited by the commitment I see on a daily basis from the clinicians and staff involved in our CCG. As we work in partnership to develop new ways of working, I know that their enthusiasm and dedication to patient care will remain unwavering."
The Annual Report is available to read or download by clicking here