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Solihull committed to taking action against domestic abuse

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Solihull Council and NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group have both signed a pledge to show their commitment to the global fight against domestic abuse and violence.

The Public Health Responsibility Deal is designed to encourage employers to recognise the effect that domestic abuse can have on staff and implement policies or procedures that will help increase awareness.

The pledge forms part of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, aimed at businesses to support them to positively address domestic abuse throughout the workplace. 

Birmingham and Solihull NHS commissioning intentions survey

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The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Birmingham and Solihull would like your feedback on proposals for their commissioning intentions for 2016-18.
 
We are Solihull CCG, Birmingham South and Central CCG and Birmingham CrossCity CCG. We hold the budget for, and are responsible for planning and buying, the majority of health services for patients across Birmingham and Solihull.
 
The commissioning intentions, once developed, will set out we plan to commission (plan and buy) health services for our population.
 
Over the next few pages we would like to ask for your views around the following areas:
  • Children and young people
  • Enhanced general practice
  • Mental health
  • Urgent care
  • Maternity and newborn
If at any point you require more information about this survey, please email bsol.comms@nhs.net
 
This survey should take no longer than ten minutes and will close at 5pm on 30 November 2016.
 

Feeling under the weather? Take care not antibiotics

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s300 AntibioticGuardian logo greWith the weather getting colder and illnesses circulating, members of the public may be tempted to use antibiotics in place of rest and over the counter remedies. However, NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising against the use of antibiotics for coughs, colds and flu. This message to Solihull residents supports World Antibiotic Awareness Week which is 14-20 November 2016.

There is a general misconception that antibiotics can treat winter conditions, in fact, research has shown that only 10%* of sore throats and 20% of acute sinusitis benefit from antibiotic treatment but the prescription rates are much higher than this.

Understanding Self Care for Life

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SCWwebbuttonlg2016Understanding Self Care for Life is the theme of Self Care Week, the annual initiative which aims to raise national awareness of self care.

The Self Care Forum launches Self Care Week between 14 and 20 November; promoting improved awareness of services such as local pharmacies for minor ailments and advice about medications; flu vaccinations and improved management of long term conditions such as respiratory and heart conditions.

Diabetes Education

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The CCG regards diabetes as an important priority and over the last 12 months a significant piece of work has been undertaken to redesign and improve the diabetic care pathway for patients.  Structured patient education has been identified as one of the key areas for review. Currently all patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes are offered a referral to an education session. The referral is made by the patient’s GP or Practice Nurse.  Sessions are undertaken by a Diabetes Specialist Dietician and are either group sessions or one-to-one appointments.

Birmingham & Solihull Commissioning Intentions Workshops

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Join us at one of our forthcoming workshops to help test, challenge and shape the future commissioning directions of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Birmingham & Solihull.

These events are an opportunity for the public, our patients, service providers and wider partners to learn more about our direction of travel, our key workstream areas and our commissioning intentions for 2017-2019.

This year we are hosting our workshops collectively in parallel with the development of a new commissioning organisation for Birmingham & Solihull and the emerging Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP).

Call for Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to sign up to Movember

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Health leaders at Solihull NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are calling on men and women in Solihull to become Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to help raise awareness of men’s health this ‘Movember’.

Movember has been taking place across the world for the last 13 years, with men growing a moustache for the full 30 days of November; whether struggling to grow anything on their upper line, or extending it to create unique and random styles. This wacky idea brings to the forefront the most serious issues relating to men’s health, specifically, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

Contract awarded for Birmingham, Sandwell & Solihull non-emergency patient transport

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West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver a new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service for around 8,500 patients a week from 1 May 2017.

NEPT services are for people that have a medical need, and require specialist assistance to travel to or from NHS services. The service plays a critical role in patient care and the CCGs are investing in the new service to ensure patients receive a high quality, safe and timely service.

Earlier this year, NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), on behalf of 17 West Midlands CCGs, commenced a competitive procurement process for the new NEPT service.

NHS Stay Well This Winter Campaign comes to Solihull

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winter flu busThe Stay Well This Winter campaign is visiting Touchwood in Solihull on 28th and 29th October as it drives home vital messages to the public.  The National roadshow, organised by Public Health England and NHS England, will be moving its way across the Midlands in October, spreading the word about the annual flu vaccination programme.

The campaign is aimed at helping people prepare against the onset of winter and to raise awareness among those in key risk groups – such as adults aged over 65, those with a long-term health condition such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, pregnant women and children aged 2-7.