Successful summit raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Over 100 health professionals from all disciplines came together yesterday (17 February) to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The event, organised in conjunction with Barnardo’s and provider organisations across Sandwell and West Birmingham, aimed to help staff and clinicians spot the signs of exploitation at an early stage. 

Delegates had the opportunity to hear a personal account of a family affected by CSE, as well as learn about the latest guidance on all aspects of exploitation, including online grooming, trafficking of children and sexual offences.

We also launched our short educational film, called Know the Signs. Produced in partnership with Chatback, it tells the story of a young person who is being exploited and her journey through health services.

Advice to patients during the industrial action

A national junior doctors strike is taking place on Wednesday 10 February for 24 hours; effective from 08:00am until 08:00am on Thursday 11 January. 

If you have a planned operation, procedure or outpatient appointment on this day, your hospital will contact you if it needs to be rearranged.

GP practices will be open and working as normal.

If your condition is serious or life threatening, call 999 or go Accident and Emergency.

Share your views: shaping services for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses

People who care for, work with, and are children with life-limiting illnesses are being reminded to take part in a consultation and share their views to make services more family-friendly in the future.

Honorary Professorship for Birmingham GP for services to primary care

Dr Nick Harding OBE, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, has been appointed as Honorary Professor of Community Cardiology and Primary Care Leadership at Aston University.

Commissioning Intentions Stakeholder Event 2016

On Thursday 21 January 2016 we held our annual commissioning intentions event. It was fantastic to see such a great turnout.

Event 1The event was a chance for us to listen to your comments and suggestions, as we plan our future priorities. 

In 2013-14 we worked with stakeholders to develop our ambitious two year priorities, and we have already seen clinicians, staff and patients working together to improve services, including diabetes care, respiratory and end of life care.

This event is important to us, as it will help us to set out priorities for 2016-17 in our Operational Plan and our longer term five year Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

It was a great opportunity for our staff and clinical leaders to speak to patients and partners and there were some common themes that we will take forward as we plan our priorities. These events are invaluable to us, as we get to hear patient experiences of our services and suggestions for how we can make a difference. What mattered most to people at the event, was developing primary care, helping our most vulnerable patients, supporting carers and working closely with the voluntary sector. 

We will be publishing our plans in the next few months on our website. 

pdf Commissioning Intentions Presentation (5.00 MB)

Dementia Information

Birmingham Dementia Roadmap

The Birmingham Dementia Roadmap which provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways would like to promote their new website. If you run a local group or service for people living with dementia and would like to see information about your group appear on the Birmingham Dementia Roadmap,please complete this simple form.

Countdown is on to opening of new hospital

TODAY marks the start of a 1000 day countdown to the opening of the new state-of-the-art hospital – The Midland Met.

Marking the event, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has asked local representatives to unveil digital clocks at four main sites across the Trust to count down the 1000 days until the Midland Met is opened in October 2018.

Don’t miss the boat: cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

Local people and organisations who are involved in health-related projects are in with a chance to win the People's Choice Award.

This award is part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Equality Awards. The winner will be chosen from the list of finalists below. The project that receives the most votes will win the People's Choice Award. Voting closes on Thursday 31 January 2016.

Advice for patients during the Junior Doctors Strike

NHS England has released advice for patients during the Junior Doctors Strikes' planned for the 12, 26, 27 January and the 10 February 2016.  For more information please see NHS Choices.

Remember if you become ill over this period with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please visit www.nhs.uk, or go to your local pharmacist. For more serious conditions you should continue to contact your GP as usual, or call 111.