Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy

For the last few months Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG has been working with Sandwell Council and the Dementia Action Alliance, to develop a joint strategy for Sandwell, that describes how we plan to improve dementia services and other support for our local population.

As part of this process an engagement exercise was carried out to listen to the views of local people with lived experience of dementia and their carers, as well as other stakeholders, to help us understand what’s important to them, their priorities and how services could be improved. This was vital because we wanted to make sure our strategy is focused on the right outcomes for people with dementia and their carers, captures the essence of what we have heard during our ongoing engagement.

Self-Care Week Roadshow - 18-24 November

The Medinces Team took to the road and went out and about to talk to local people in a variety of venues during Self-Care week. These venues included shopping centres, leisure centres, churches and local mosques to speak to people from lots of different areas to ensure as many people as possible had the opportunity to speak to staff.

The CCG's mascot, Flo the Dragon accompained the staff at some of the venues to meet children and parents to spread the message about how to stay well during winter months.

The aim of the Roadshow was to educate people on how to look after themselves with advice and information leaflets.  This included where to go for help when not feeling well.


Urban Health Patient Voice Partnership meeting - 22.1.20

Local people attended the very first Patient Voice Partnership for Urban Health Primary Care Network on Wednesday 22 January in Ladywood Community Centre.

The event was a huge success with over 50 local patients coming together to hear more about their local Primary Care Network (PCN). The event attracted patients from the local area and including patients who are members of their local practice Patient Participation Group (PPG). It was great to see the diversity of the local population represented. Chris Vaughan, a local person and chair of the Broadway PPG welcomed everyone for attending and handed over to Dr Zaman, the Clinical Director for Urban Health PCN explained the context and background for PCNs and played a short video explaining the role of a Primary Care Network. In his presentation Dr Zaman covered the composition of the PCN.

Religious Circumcision

In September 2019, the CCG ceased commissioning non-medical male circumcisions for religious reasons, falling in line with the other local CCGs locally and nationally. 

The withdrawal of funding for the service followed a 9-month listening and engagement exercise in which the contract was extended twice (originally due to end in December 2018) to allow for the development of an alternative service offer. The CCG set up a Task and Finish Group in early 2019 with community leaders, the Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Rights and Equality Sandwell, Local Authority representatives and other partners. The aim was to co-design some signposting information and advice for parents and awareness raising and training for healthcare professionals.

Outcomes Framework listening exercise

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG have recently coproduced an Outcomes Framework with Sandwell MBC in order to set challenging targets for improvement in the health and wellbeing of people within the local area.

During the development of this framework, a public event was held on 6 February 2019 to identify what areas of improvement were most important to local people and formation of the draft template itself. 

Approximately 30 people attended the event and a number of lively discussions were held about priorities; why some had been made and areas that had been ‘missed’, the terminology and presentation. As a result of this event, it was identified which areas were important to local patients.  It was also identified that the form of the framework did not work well for a number of people and as a result of this, the manner in which this was presented (and as a result a number of the priorities within) were reconfigured