Global Handwashing Day 2018: Clean hands - a recipe for health

Hand Washing Day logoOctober 15th is Global Handwashing Day! This year, the Global Handwashing Day theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition.

Patients benefit from 'Ask NHS' app

An innovative app continues to prove very popular with patients across the West Midlands who need advice on where to go and what to do if they have an urgent healthcare concern. With the free Ask NHS app, quickly and easily check symptoms 24/7, get trusted NHS health advice and find NHS services local to you. Kelly is just one of the many patients to have benefited.

Take steps to improve your mental health

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Taking regular exercise can not only help improve physical health, but also have a huge impact on mental health according to research which suggests exercising three times a week can reduce the risk of depression by a third.

This Wednesday (October 10) is World Mental Health Day and marks the start of a new promotion from Public Health England called Every Mind Matters, getting everyone to recognise they have mental health, just as they have physical health.

Children & Young People Workshop 3 - Education

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG (SWBCCG) and Sandwell Council are currently carrying out several conversations on how we deliver better outcomes for Sandwell Children and Young People. After two successful workshops in July and October 2018 we are now hosting workshop 3. To book your place click here

Black Country and West Birmingham Maternity System Conference 2018


The second Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity System Conference will take place on Monday 22 October 2018 from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Walsall Football Club, Stadium Suite, Banks's Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA.To book your place visit 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Toby Lewis, Chair, Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity System
  • Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse, Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity System
  • Dr Tilly Pillay, Neonatologist, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Smokers challenged to join thousands who quit for Stoptober

501080 PHE OY Stoptober2018 Facebook Post WillYouSmokers in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being encouraged to join the thousands of quitters who will be taking up the national 2018 Stoptober challenge. Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days means that smokers are five times more likely to stop for good.

Improving the health and wellbeing of the people in Sandwell and Western Birmingham: Healthy Lives Partnership

The Healthy Lives Partnership brings together health and social care across Sandwell and western Birmingham.    

The delay in the Midland Met Hospital (MMH) creates an opportunity to test and introduce new pathways and ways of working ahead of transfer into Midland Met. The quality and sustainability work stream of the Healthy Lives Partnership has been working on the evaluation criteria for any future reconfiguration options ahead of the delays to MMH.

October opportunity to hear about health service improvements in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Patients and the public are invited to our next Governing Body meeting in public. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 3 October from 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM in The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich B70 9LD.

The Governing Body meets monthly in public 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.

If in doubt, keep it out

Sex should always be an activity where both parties are fully engaged, enthusiastic and in full control of their faculties.

Unless there is a green light, full steam ahead, yes, yes, yes message, then the advice from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is ‘if in doubt, keep it out’, which fully supports this year’s Sexual Health Week theme from 24-30 September, ‘Consent: Yes, yes, yes.’