“RICE and easy” is the recipe for sprains and strains not A&E

Sprains and strains are extremely common injuries that happen to everyone, accounting for nearly 1 million people attending Accident and Emergency in the UK in 2017/18*. But what is the difference between them, how serious are they and is A&E the right place to go?

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group maintains ‘good’ rating

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning has maintained a ‘good’ rating in NHS England’s end of year annual assessment for 2018/19.

Cancer warning for the overweight in Sandwell and West Birmingham

People who are overweight in Sandwell and Birmingham are being urged to shed the pounds to reduce their risk of getting cancer. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group  has issued the plea as new research shows that obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking.

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG's Celebration and AGM 2019

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Patients, the public, partners and stakeholders are all invited to a special event which marks seven years of health improvements in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

The celebrations, which have been organised by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), take place from 12 Noon – 7pm on Thursday 5 September 2018 at West Bromwich Albion Football Ground.

Local GP and The Worshipful Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Dr Ann Jaron, will be officially opening the celebrations at midday.

The event will be staged in two parts with a celebratory ‘drop in’ event from 12 noon – 3pm; and then the CCG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) event taking place from 4pm – 7pm. Everyone is invited to attend the whole day, but people will need to book their place at the AGM event in advance by contacting the CCG’s engagement team on 0121 612 1447 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The ‘drop in’ fun event will include healthy stage shows, quizzes and games, and will include appearances from Flo the Friendly Dragon and her wizard companion, Baggie Bird and some elaborate nurse characters. There will also be Tai chi demonstrations and exercises around postural stability.
Sophie Rose De-Bear will be performing during the evening’s live entertainment. The 17-year-old student from George Salter Academy in West Bromwich wowed judges with her sensational, thought-provoking dance performance on the impact of knife crime at the Sandwell SHAPE Your Talent contest.

Against the backdrop of change, the CCG has consistently improved the patient experience since the organisation was formed in 2012. The CCG maintained a ‘good’ rating in NHS England’s end of year annual assessment for 2018/19.

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“We look forward to welcoming patients, the public, our partners and other key stakeholders to our celebration event and hope that they enjoy the entertainment that is being provided by talented local people. This is an ideal opportunity for local people to meet with us and find out about the key achievements that have resulted in a step-change in local health.

“As a CCG we can look back on pioneering changes which are now being introduced nationally to give patients access to more services in their communities. A key success as a CCG has been our strong partnership working. We have made great strides in our journey to integrate health and social care – locally, across Sandwell and West Birmingham and on a wider footprint, across Birmingham and the Black Country.”

See the full programme details for the day here:

 Programme 1

Anyone who has booked a place at the Annual General Meeting is welcome to have afternoon tea with us while you wait in the Millichip Suite.

Programme 2

 

 

Measles warning for young adults attending summer festivals

Young adults in Sandwell and West Birmingham planning to attend summer festivals are being urged to make sure they’re up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jabs. The plea has been issued by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as measles and mumps cases across England continue to rise.

Mass gathering events like festivals can be hot spots for measles and mumps as they present the perfect opportunity for the infection to spread. There has recently been an increase in measles and mumps cases across England, particularly in young people and children. There are also several large measles outbreaks across Europe.

Share views on dementia strategy

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group has launched an engagement campaign to help improve dementia services for local people.

The CCG recognises that work needs to be done to improve the dementia diagnosis rates in line with national figures. Dementia diagnosis rates for the CCG (September 2018) were at 61.8% with a target of 66.7% and a national average of 68.2%.

In collaboration with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance and other partners the CCG is working to develop a joint strategy for Sandwell.

GPs in Sandwell, Ladywood and Perry Barr opt to continue as a single commissioning group

GPs in Sandwell and West Birmingham have overwhelmingly voted to retain the current commissioning boundary of their local clinical commissioning group - Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.

At an extraordinary meeting today (26 June 2019), the CCG's Governing Body heard that 71% of GP members had chosen to remain as a single CCG covering Sandwell, Perry Barr and Ladywood with a view to becoming part of a single commissioning voice for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Public invited to find out more about how local health services are run

Patients and the public are invited to our next governing body meeting which takes place on Wednesday 3 July 2018 from 1.45pm – 4.00pm at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, B64 5JG.

Combat loneliness in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Sandwell and West Birmingham residents are being encouraged to combat loneliness in the area by looking out for their neighbours and taking positive action ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week, which takes place from 17-21 June.