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Leaders of local health and care partnership at 10 Downing Street

Leaders of the Solihull Together for better lives partnership attended a special reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on Monday evening (23 November 2015).

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, and Professor Ian Philp, Deputy Medical Director for Older People at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, attended the event on behalf of Solihull Together for better lives.  This is a partnership of local health and care organisations that have joined forces to make sure everyone in the borough gets the right care and support when they need it.

The reception, also attended by The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, brought together leaders from 50 ‘vanguard’ sites across the country.  These sites, including Solihull, are developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system across the country.

Got diabetes? Get the flu jab! It’s World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (14 November 2015) is a timely reminder to all those with diabetes to protect themselves this winter with a free flu jab say doctors at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.

Those with diabetes (types 1 and 2) have a hard time fighting flu if it’s caught.  The virus can put added stress on the body affecting blood sugar levels.  Even those that manage their diabetes well can be at risk of serious complications from flu resulting in hospitalisation, and in some cases it can be fatal.