Get Involved

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Your patient voice is at the heart of everything we do in the CCG and our Engagement team actively encourage everyone to get involved.

We use the Public Sector Equality Duty (s149) of the Equality Act 2010 and also use the Equality Delivery System to ensure that all our engagement activities involve everyone in our local area. See our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion section of our website

The Sandwell and West Birmingham patients, public partners and communities are really important in developing and shaping healthcare services. We really value your input and views and encourage you to talk with our staff, take part in consultations and attend public meetings.

Find out how you can get involved by clicking on the links below:

  • Maternity Voice Partnership
  • Get Involved Membership scheme 
  • Use Twitter to give us your views @swbccg
  • Telephone us on 0121 612 1447 
  • Email:: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our current approaches to participation are demonstrated by the word cloud below:

current approaches to participation

Our Patient and Public Engagement Model

We have recently reviewed our Patient and Public Engagement Model and have engaged with local patients, citizens and voluntary sector representatives on our new model. You can find out how the ways you get involved influences the CCG on our listening to you page.

Principles of Participation

We follow these principles when involving members of the public.

Patient Voice - Travel Expenses Policy

To facilitate members of the public taking part in specific topic meetings organised by the CCG, a new Patient Voice - Travel Expenses Policy has been produced which will come into operation as from the 1st April 2018. 

Stakeholder Newsletter

You can also keep up to date with what's happening in the CCG and how you can get involved through our stakeholder newsletter. You can read past editions of the newsletter here 

To be added onto our distribution lists, please contact:

  • Telephone: 0121 612 1447
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Current News

NHS 70 Celebrations

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Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group celebrated 70 years of the NHS on the 5 July 2018. 

NHS 70

We were delighted that the Birthday party was attended by the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Joy Edis to officially open the party together with Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Carol Goult.  To celebrate, a vintage style tea party was organised at the CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick and GP Patient and Participation Group (PPG) members, Patient Network members, local dignatories and staff were invited the event. 

Afternoon tea was served to guests on vintage china and cake stands by CCG staff who had dressed up in 1940's style clothing with accompanying aprons.

The entertainment was provided by ‘Diamond Drama' who are part of Sandwell Day Opportunities project.  Sandwell College put together a playlist for the tea party to play at the which was a great hit with people attending the party.

Dr Inderjit Marok (Father) and Dr Parmjit Marok (Daughter) from Rotton Park Surgery gave a brief talk on their own experiences of training and working in general practice over the years.  Professor Nick Harding (Son) compared the event and also in attendance was his Father, Dr Keith Harding.

We also had a local gentleman who turned 70 on the 5 July, so we all sang Happy Birthday and presented him with a celebratory cake.

Photographs from the Tea Party can be seen below:

NHS 70 Vintage Tea Party

Why are we celebrating 70 years of the NHS?

  • To thank NHS staff for their hard work and commitment, profiling their skills, experience and successes and celebrating their diversity, whilst recognising the challenges they face – this includes volunteers, NHS charities and social care staff, as well voluntary sector, social enterprise and charity partners.

  • To look back over the last 70 years of the NHS celebrating key clinical, technological, scientific, medical and workforce developments and breakthroughs.

  • To look forward and build confidence amongst staff and the public about the NHS’s long term future, recognising that the way care is delivered will continue to evolve, with a particular focus on innovation and technology.

  • To support a public conversation about the NHS of the future and to develop an archive of staff and patient stories for future generations to engage with.

  • To allow people to connect with, and understand better, their local NHS through a range of NHS70-themed events, exhibitions, awards and other initiatives.

National NHS 70 website

Patient Summit Meetings

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Patient Summit Meetings are held yearly and are a GP led meeting.  These meetings give the attendees the opportunity to ask questions and also take part in a variety of topics.

Black Country Patient Summit meeting

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
Inspiration Suite, The Village Hotel, Castlegate Drive, Dudley, DY1 4TB
Time: 5:45 – 8:00 pm

Joint ICOF and Healthworks Patient Summit meeting

Date: Tuesday 5 June 2018
Venue: The H Suite, 100 Icknield Port Road, Edgbaston, B16 0AA
Time: (5:30 pm Registration and Refreshments) 6:00 – 7:30 pm for meeting

To book a place, contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NHS 70th Birthday Party invite to PPG members

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                                                                                                                                      NHS 70 logo                   

To celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG are hosting a vintage style tea party on Thursday 5th July in the afternoon.

Two members from each GP PPG (Patient Participation Group) are being invited to attend this celebratory event to celebrate the past, present and future of the NHS.

For more information, about attending the event, contact your GP Practice Manager.

vintage tea party image for website

Cancer review - patient event

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Patients are being asked to help develop options for the future of some cancer services in Sandwell and West Birmingham. An event in West Bromwich next week will be the first of a series of listening activities designed to ensure patient views influence the Cancer Review that is underway.
At the event, patients will be invited to give their feedback on their current experiences of services, suggestions on how the services could be run differently, as well as outline what is important to them and what the priorities should be for selecting the potential options.

Services affected by the Cancer Review include Solid Tumour Oncology services for Lung, Upper GI, Gastroenterology, Colorectal, Breast and Gynaecological cancers. It is also looking at how Acute Oncology is provided, as well as the future of the specialized Pan-Birmingham Gynae-Oncology Centre.

The Cancer Review recognises the importance of patient engagement in the process, and is designed to identify options for a permanent solution that best meets the needs of the local population.

The review will also cover Haemo-oncology services for blood based cancers. This service is currently provided at both City and Sandwell Hospitals and the Trust is proposing to run it on one site so that patients will benefit from a service that has all its trained clinical staff in one place.

The first patient event will take place on Tuesday 27 March at West Bromwich Albion Football Ground – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LD.

If you would like to attend the event please book by emailing the below address, or calling the telephone number provided:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: 0121 612 1447

Patients can also get involved by:

•        Taking part in a One to One telephone interview
•        Joining an online webinar that you can log in to at home
•        Taking part in a short freepost questionnaire that you can complete and return to us for free.