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Introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives a ‘major success’

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The introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives has been a major success, with the majority of those due to renew their registration revalidating successfully.

Latest figures show 90.48% percent (14,362) of the 15,873 due to revalidate in April have successfully renewed their registration through revalidation and only 1,401 have left the register. This is in line with the number of registrants we would normally expect to leave the register in any given April.

Health chiefs support IBS awareness month

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Health chiefs at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are backing IBS Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life. People  who have symptoms of IBS are being encouraged to seek medical advice.

The symptoms for the condition vary between individuals and may affect some people more severely than others – the main symptoms tend to be bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation. The condition usually develops when patients are aged between 20 and 30 years of age and it affects twice as many women as men. Once diagnosed the condition is often life-long, although it may improve over several years.

Allergy Awareness Week

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Health leaders at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are appealing to people to take extra care as spring temperatures arrive and increase the effects of air pollution and trigger higher pollen counts.

The appeal is being issued ahead of Allergy Awareness Week which takes place 18 - 24 April 2016. Allergy Awareness Week is spearheaded by Allergy UK, the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.

Health chiefs support awareness month to help beat bowel cancer

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Health leaders at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are backing bowel cancer Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness and join the fight against cancer.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer - every half an hour someone dies of the disease with around 16,000 people dying of bowel cancer every year.  Almost 9 out of 10 people with bowel cancer are over the age of 60.  The symptoms of bowel cancer can be:

  • A change in bowel habit
  • Bleeding from the bottom or blood in poo
  • A pain in the tummy.

Health commissioners urge local people to have their say on procedure policies

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People in Birmingham and Solihull are being invited to give their views on changes which will affect the availability of certain medical treatments and procedures.
 
Known as Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV), they include the removal of tonsils, cataracts surgery, cosmetic surgery, hip and knee surgery. These are generally treatments or procedures which are beneficial, but only in the right circumstances.

New Year’s honour for ‘inspiring’ former Solihull nurse

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A former Solihull nurse has said she is ‘humbled’ after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her work supporting patients and families at the end of their lives.

Helen Meehan was nominated for the honour by head nurse at Solihull Hospital and Community Services Vanessa Wort and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group in recognition of her ‘significant’ and ‘lasting’ impact on end of life care in the borough.