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Solihull wins national recognition for improving health and care

The work of the ‘Solihull Together for better lives’ partnership of local health and social care organisations to improve urgent and emergency care in the borough has been nationally recognised.

Solihull has today been awarded vanguard status by NHS England and its Five Year Forward View partners for its work to create an integrated system that combines preventative services with rapid access to primary, social and specialist care both in and out of hospital, enabling people to take better control of their lives.

Achieving vanguard status means Solihull will receive national attention as well as being able to access specialist support and evaluation to help the partners to achieve their vision of creating an integrated health and care system that extends people’s healthy, active lives for as long as possible.

The application was made through ‘Solihull Together for better lives’, a partnership of organisations that have joined forces to make sure everyone in the borough gets the right care and support when they need it.

Solihull fire death prompts GP to help others at risk

The death of an elderly patient in a house fire has prompted Castle Bromwich GP Dr Anand Chitnis to find a way of preventing vulnerable people from finding themselves in a similar situation.

Dr Chitnis, a GP with Castle Practice, who is also Chair and Clinical Lead of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has worked with West Midlands Fire Service to create a form for GPs and practice nurses to refer patients they think may be at risk for a home safety check.

This new system is now being rolled out across Solihull CCG’s 27 GP member practices.

Give us your views on non-emergency patient transport services

Solihull CCG would like to hear your views on proposals for a new non-emergency patient transport service in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell and are holding a drop-in session for patients between 9.30am and 12.30pm at Solihull Hospital’s health information point on Wednesday 12 August.

NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport helps eligible patients, who are unable to travel by private or public transport, get to and from healthcare services, such as routine hospital appointments.