Local healthcare heroes shine at the General Practice Stars of 2018 Awards

NHS healthcare heroes in Sandwell and West Birmingham have been recognised at the prestigious General Practice Stars of 2018 Awards. 

Following the huge success of last year’s event, the event was run again this year, showcasing and celebrating the hard work and staff commitment that goes into delivering excellent patient care in general practice.

Chairs Special Recognition Award Dr Saira Khan

Picture: Chair's Special Recognition Award Winner, Dr Saira Khan

Beat the Heat and Stay Safe

The Met Office has issued a level 3 warning for heatwave conditions until Monday 9 July. The very warm, locally hot, conditions are set to continue through the period, but especially over the weekend. The highest temperatures are likely to occur on Sunday in parts of southern, central, and western England.

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people to take care when enjoying the sunshine.

Our Annual Report highlights innovation and patient benefits

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.

Top tips to take the sting out of summer

Many of us like to take advantage of the outdoors during the summer months and being outside we can also enjoy our wonderful British wildlife. However, on occasions this can also mean insect bites or stings.

To help take the sting out of summer, NHS Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has issued some top tips.

NHS England has today announced the Black Country will receive intensive support to retain local GPs

The news follows one month on from the announcement of the Local GP Retention Fund to provide an additional £10 million as part of the General Practice Forward View initiative to support areas that are struggling most with GP retention. Of this, £3 million will be used to establish seven intensive support sites in areas in England that have struggled most to retain GPs, including the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) area. The remaining £7 million is being made available to support locally-based retention schemes across the country to help GPs to stay in the workforce.

Sandwell and West Birmingham raises a cuppa to NHS 70

NHS 70 mugsOver 150 patients and local volunteers who help the NHS are attending a vintage tea party to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and recognise the hard work and commitment of NHS staff past and present.

The special celebration, which is being organised by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is being held on 5 July at CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick at 1.30pm.

Patients and the public invited to Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Governing Body Meeting

Patients and the public are invited to the next governing body meeting of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The meeting takes place on Wednesday 4 July 2018 from 1.45pm – 4.00pm in The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich B70 9LD.

Local GPs part of national NHS birthday celebration

Dr Minakshi Gupta (pictured) and her colleagues at Smethwick Medical Centre feature in a prestigious film from ITN Productions and NHS England to mark 70 years of the NHS. Dr Gupta and her colleagues are pictured screening patients for atrial fibrillation, an indication that they are at risk of having a stroke. Dr Gupta says: ‘Taking on a more proactive health management role is delivering a huge number of achievements for everyone.
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Adults with learning disabilities join NHS in Sandwell and West Birmingham for the week to celebrate Mencap Learning Disability Awareness Week

Seven adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities were welcomed to work at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group as part of last week’s Mencap Learning Disability Awareness Week, and the Treat Me Well campaign.

SWB LD Week group photoPicture: Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG staff are joined by the candidates at a celebration event to recognise their work as part of their placement during Mencap Learning Disability Awareness Week.