The Governing Body meets monthly to discuss its progress as a CCG and provide an opportunity for local people to see how health services are developing and improving for the benefit of patients.
The CCG, working in partnership with NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust has recently secured £540,000 in funding from Macmillan to transform cancer services in Sandwell and West Birmingham over the next three years. Sandwell and West Birmingham is just one of only a few areas in the country to secure the funding.
Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:
“Our Governing Body warmly welcomes patients and the public to the first meeting of the New Year. Everyone attending can hear how we are continuing to seek innovative ways to improve the health of local people in the long term with exciting initiatives like the Living with and Beyond Cancer programme.
“It’s important that patients have a much greater say in their healthcare and there are a number of ways that they can do that. Most of our GP practices now have a patient participation group which allows patients to work with the practice to ensure services are meeting the needs of local patients.
“Patients Network Meetings are an open forum of local residents, patients and community groups with an interest in health. It is a place where you can learn more about how we manage resources on behalf of our population. These networks are organised by our Engagement Team. Representatives from each of the PPG groups from local GP practices are actively involved in the Patient networks.
“We have also established Patient Summits, which give clinicians in localities access to a wider network of patients, their carers and organisations who advocate on their behalf.