Patients invited to help shape proposed changes to health treatment policies across Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell

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Patients and the public were invited to share their views on proposed changes to 12 health treatment policies for those living in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

 A series of engagement events gave the public the opportunity to discuss, feedback and help shape the proposed changes. There was also the chance to give views via a survey.

This is the third phase of NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) harmonised clinical treatment policy project; which ensures that commissioning policies are consistent with the most up-to-date published clinical evidence in order to prioritise treatments proven to be clinically effective, as well as stopping unwarranted variation for patients across Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

 Dr Geoff Naylor, Lead Planned Care GP, said: “Treatment policies are designed to provide fair, consistent and transparent access to treatment for patients. 

 “CCGs have finite resources and are required to ensure treatment policies are evidence-based, achieve best clinical outcomes for patients and provide the most cost-effective use of NHS resources. 

 “Our treatment policies have been developed to be informed by the most up-to-date clinical evidence, best practice and clinical opinion nationally. During this engagement period, we would really value and appreciate feedback from the public to ensure our next phase of treatment policies are as clinically robust as possible for our local patients.”

 The policies put forward for proposed changes are:

  1. Adenoidectomy

  2. Arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression

  3. Bariatric surgery

  4. Biological mesh

  5. Body contouring (apronectomy)

  6. Exogen bone healing

  7. Hysteroscopy for heavy menstrual bleeding

  8. Image guided therapeutic intra-articular joint injections

  9. Image-guided high volume intra-articular injections

  10. Knee arthroscopy

  11. Liposuction for lymphoedema and lipoedema

  12. Non-invasive ventilation – sleep apnoea, COPD and neuromuscular disorder

More information on the proposed changes, which includes draft policies, equality assessments and patient leaflets, is available to view here: https://www.birminghamandsolihullccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/consultations-surveys-and-events

 

Date

Time

Event address

Tuesday 24 September 2019

9.30am – 12.30pm

YMCA, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG

Tuesday 24 September 2019

1.30 – 5pm

Nishkam Civic Association, 6 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH

Thursday 3 October 2019

9.30am – 12.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Thursday 3 October 2019

1.30 – 5pm

St Mary & St Margaret Church, Chester Road, Birmingham, B36 9DE

Monday 7 October

9.30am – 12.30pm

Solihull Royal British Legion, 18 Union Road, Solihull, B91 3DU

 

 

The survey and engagement period closed on Friday 11 October 2019.

Following the six-week engagement period, feedback will be analysed and a report considered by the CCGs before any potential changes to the treatment policies are implemented.

 

Proposals to improve respiratory services

Patient care is at the heart of everything we do. This is why it is so important that we involve local people in any plans to change healthcare services, every step of the way. So, a respiratory listening exercise was  run from 23 September 2019 to 18 October 2019.

The opening of the new Midland Met Hospital has unfortunately been delayed due to the liquidation of our construction partner, Carillion. With funding secured, and a new partner selected, the building is now scheduled to open in 2022. This delay means that our already stretched acute hospital services have to continue on two sites for longer. In order to make the services safe and sustainable until 2022 we need to make some changes now.

We are proposing to create a specialist inpatient respiratory hub at City Hospital, Birmingham, for all patients with respiratory conditions who need to stay in hospital for longer than 48 hours. The service will be on the same site as our urgent cardiology service with our dedicated cardiac wards. This service was successfully centralised onto one site a few years ago which helped to improve patient services and make them more efficient.

The changes that we are proposing will enable patients to see specialist respiratory staff more quickly, the time that some patients spend in hospital will be reduced and respiratory clinicians will have more time to support our acute medical units at City Hospital enabling us to keep those units at Sandwell and City running 24/7.

The listening exercise is now closed. You can download the engagement document by clicking here.

Harmonised Clinical Treatment Policy Phase 3 Engagement

Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG is undertaking Phase 3 of the Harmonised Clinical Treatment Policy Project. This harmonised approach across Sandwell & West Birmingham is to facilitate consistent, evidence based policy development for planned patient care.

The remit of the Harmonised Treatment Policy Project is outlined by the Lead Planned Care GP Dr Geoff Naylor:

‘Treatment policies are designed to provide fair, consistent, and transparent access to treatment for patients. CCGs have finite resources and are required to ensure treatment policies are evidence-based, achieve best clinical outcomes for patients and provide the most cost-effective use of NHS resources. Our treatment policies have been developed to be informed by the most up to date clinical evidence, best practice and clinical opinion nationally. During this engagement period in Phase 3 treatment policies we would really value and appreciate feedback from clinical colleagues to ensure our next phase of treatment policies are as clinically robust as possible for our local patients.’

Between Thursday 5 September and Friday 11 October, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG will be engaging with clinical colleagues and the public regarding Phase 3a which includes the following 12 DRAFT policies:

1. Subacromial Pain
2. Image guided therapeutic intra-articular joint injections with corticosteroids with/without local anaesthetic
3. Image-guided HIGH VOLUME intra-articular injections (40mls+) of saline with or without corticosteroid and/or local anaesthetic
4. Exogen Bone Healing System
5. Liposuction for: Lymphoedema and Lipoedema
6. Bariatric Surgery
7. Knee Arthroscopy in Acute Knee Injury
8. Domiciliary Non-Invasive Ventilation
9. Surgical use of Biological Mesh
10. Non-Cosmetic Body Contouring
11. Adenoidectomy
12. Hysteroscopy for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Patients invited to have say on future of GP practice

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting patients of Dr Majeed at Bloomsbury Health Centre to have their say on the future of the Practice.

Dr Majeed’s practice was rated as ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2018 and were placed into ‘special measures’.

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England, with the purpose to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.

Have your say on Pain Management Services in Sandwell and West Birmingham

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently reviewing local Pain Management services for its population, to ensure people have equal access to a high quality, fit for purpose service.

This listening exercise is part of a wider review of musculoskeletal services in Sandwell and West Birmingham.