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Patients invited to share their views about Procedures of Lower Clinical Value

The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull would like to talk to patients about Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV).

PLCV refers to procedures that are of value, but only in the right circumstances. This is to ensure patients receive appropriate health treatment, based on the latest clinical evidence and national guidance. Some treatments under PLCV include procedures such as removal of tonsils, cataract surgery, liposuction, and hip and knee replacement surgery.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), who are responsible for buying health services for people in Birmingham and Solihull, are reviewing the clinical criteria for 21 policies to ensure they are consistent.

Local CCGs are asking the public to give their views on the proposed criteria by taking part in a survey which is available at: https://www.elesurvey.co.uk/f/613687/ab5f/.

The survey is also available via the websites of the three CCGs:

Birmingham CrossCity http://bhamcrosscityccg.nhs.uk/
Birmingham South Central http://bhamsouthcentralccg.nhs.uk/
Solihull CCG https://solihullccg.nhs.uk/

The survey is being carried out to ensure that patients are treated fairly across Birmingham and Solihull; currently there are differences between areas.

Dr Ahmad, a local GP and spokesperson on behalf of the PLCV project group, said: “We want to ensure that patients have the same opportunity to access these procedures regardless of which GP they see, or which hospital they attend across Birmingham or Solihull.

“As well developing policies that are up-to-date and include the latest national clinical guidance, we also want people to ensure that local public, patients and clinicians have the opportunity to be informed and comment on this work.”
The survey is open now and continues until Monday 14 March 2016.

Northbrook Group Practice rated outstanding by inspectors

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the quality of care provided by Northbrook Group Practice, Solihull, as ‘outstanding’ following an inspection. It is the first GP surgery in the West Midlands to achieve this status.

The practice in Northbrook Road, Shirley, provides primary medical care services to approximately 10,700 patients.

Northbrook Group Practice Solihul team pic300pxInspectors found that the practice is providing safe, caring and effective care; meeting the needs of the population it serves. The CQC has published its full inspection report on its website (www.cqc.org.uk). It highlights several areas of outstanding practice, including services for people with long term conditions and those experiencing poor mental health.

Senior partner Dr Shereen Zaki, who is passionate about improving services for patients, said: "We acknowledge the challenges faced by all GP practices, especially around access. We are trying our best to explore innovative ways to deliver accessible health care to our local community."

Dr Raj Thandi, CQC Registered Manager and GP Partner, said: "We work closely with our patient participation group to address patient concerns. This rating is a reward for the hard work and commitment that the entire team, led by our practice manager Emma Frost, show every day to our patients.

“The team of inspectors thoroughly assessed every aspect of our clinical and administrative service provision. The new diabetic clinic, led by Sister Helen Smith, drew particular high praise for outstanding care resulting in the best ever diabetic control results at the practice."

Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair and Clinical Lead of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am delighted to see that Northbrook Group Practice has received this well-deserved ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC.

“It is always good to see that patients have said they were treated with compassion, dignity and respect and that they were involved in decisions about their treatment and care. This all makes a real difference to patients.”

Be a good winter neighbour – keeping safe in cold weather

The NHS locally has been working hard to plan and prepare for this winter. We are determined to protect the standards of service for people accessing services in Solihull during the winter months.  

Hospitals, GPs, social services and other health professionals will continue to work together to respond to local needs.