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NHS Question and Answer Session about new Shared Care Record – 25th January 2022

NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCG will be holding a live question and answer session about the new NHS Share Care Record.

Patients and members of local communities are welcome to join the CCG on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 mid-day.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the doctors and the technicians working on ‘One Health and Care’, the new NHS shared care record for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Book your place by clicking here


Dorothy Parkes ‘Loss Matters Programme’ to help with grief, bereavement and loss

Grief and loss can turn your world upside down, isolation can make and it worse. The Dorothy Parkes Centre has received an SCVO Vision 2030 Community Mental Health grant, which will enable them to provide free support programmes through its Loss Matters initiative, for members of the local community who have had experience of grief, bereavement and loss.

The Centre will deliver eight-week support programmes.  Ten courses will be delivered, each course to accommodate up to eight people. The programmes will be delivered at various times throughout the week – mornings/afternoons/evenings – over a twelve-month period, with the first programme starting in the autumn.

To find out more and to register your interest in the Loss Matters programme, click here.

Black Country Suicide Prevention Workshop – Thursday, 3 February

Every year, people in the Black Country die by suicide. Every person who lives here will be affected by suicide at some point in their life. Every effort we make to prevent suicide can make a difference; the difference, to someone, somewhere. Every life matters. 

Across the Black Country many of us are working hard to make a difference. There is positive work taking place, but while people in the Black Country still die by suicide, more needs to be done.

The Black Country is a diverse and proud community, living across four local authority boroughs. This can create complexity, but we know our efforts are much stronger when we work together.

On Thursday, 3 February, from 9.30 to 12 noon, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a suicide prevention workshop, which is open to organisations, people with lived experience, and advocates from across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. They want to bring together people who work in health, care, emergency services, local authorities, charities, schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs, businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and more.  The impact of suicide is felt by all of us. The solution to stopping suicide lies with all of us.

The workshop will be held on MS Teams. Please register at

Following registration, you will sent a calendar invite.

If you have any questions about the event, please email


Sandwell Better Mental Health Showcase

Public Health are hosting an event on the Better Mental Health Programme, to showcase the range of community projects funded through the Prevention and Promotion of Better Mental Health.

This will be a great opportunity to find out about all the great projects supporting mental wellbeing in our communities.

The event is on Monday, 17th January 2022.  Please register your interest here.


Sandwell Suicide Prevention Strategy Consultation

When someone takes their own life, the impact on families, friends and the local community is devastating. As well as the immense pain and grief caused to loved ones, there are often wide-reaching and long-lasting effects on everyone involved.

Suicide is not inevitable. Sandwell Council along with partner organisations is committed to meeting the ambition that by 2030 no-one will die of suicide in Sandwell.

Sandwell’s Public Health Team have spoken to local service providers and people with lived experiences to understand what needs to be done. This has led to a strategy and to a list of recommendations of how to help make death by suicide become a thing of the past.

They cannot do this alone.  The Public Health Team want to hear your thoughts on what we can do to make death by suicide a thing of the past.

What you need you to do. Please visit and learn more about the strategy.

Complete the short survey giving your thoughts and ideas on how we can make suicide a thing of the past.

Survey for members of the public

Survey for professionals

Cradley Heath Community Centre: Free physical activity classes for people living with diabetes

Are you living with diabetes?   If so, Cradley Heath Community Centre, (Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath B64 5JG) will be running a series of classes for people like you.  The classes run for 10 weeks and start on Thursday, 3rd February 2022, 10.30 am to 11.30 am.  You should be 18 or over and able to take part in gentle exercise.

The Centre will also run courses online, via Zoom, at different times during the week and there will be one-to-one support over the phone with Physical Activity Helpline Advisers

Please get in touch with Celene Walker, Group Co-ordinator, at to register your interest, or call the Helpline on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday, 9 am – 6 pm.

More information

Alta Sports (Swimming) Club for the disabled

The Alta Club is a long established club for mentally and/or physically disabled swimmers.  The Club won a QAVS award in 2019.  Based at the University of Birmingham’s modern pool, the swimming club is allocated exclusive use of half of this excellent modern 50 metre pool, between 1.00 & 2.00 pm every Sunday.

Covid has taken its toll and numbers regularly attending have dropped significantly with there often being less than 20 per session. This means that there is significant spare capacity and a potential threat that the University will stop providing this free allocation. Therefore the Club is looking for new members from anywhere in the West Midlands. A trial taster session would be offered.

The Club is fully insured and trained lifeguards are in attendance for the session.  The club is run by disabled swimmers and their helpers and there is always support for swimmers.

The pool has a hoist to assist people who experience difficulty getting into or out of the pool.  There is also a set of movable steps and a lift that enables wheelchair-bound and partially mobile users to easily access the pool.  The water is maintained at an even depth of 1.2 metres across the whole pool.  Water temperature is 28 degrees centigrade.

If you would like to become a member of the Alta Sports Club for the Disabled, please contact the chairman Mohammed Mahmood ( or call 07872 007 929).

More information.

Alta Sports Membership Application.


Covid Vaccination Pop-up Clinics

With the recent rise in cases of the Omicron Covid variant and the Government’s drive to offer vaccines to everyone that’s eligible, a programme of local Covid-19 Vaccination Pop-up Clinics is being rolled out across Sandwell:

Wednesday 15th December, Greets Green Resource Centre, 11am-4pm

Friday 17th December, The Hawthorns, 10am-4pm

Saturday 18th December, Queen Square Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm

Monday 20th December, Cradley Heath Community Centre, 10am-3pm

More dates and venues are being added all the time, so please use and refresh the following link for the most up to date list:

Please also check the NHS website for the most up to date eligibility criteria regarding doses and boosters,

Sustrans Winter Walking Challenge

Sustrans are hosting a Winter Walking Challenge, which aims to encourage people to stay active during the winter period and hopefully build a routine of walking on a more regular basis.

You’ll find a recording form HERE, where participants note down how many minutes they spend walking each day between now and the 31st December and then send a photo (by email or text) or post the completed record form to the Sustrans Birmingham office, to be entered into a prize draw.

One lucky winner will win a £200 FitBit watch and a £50 shopping voucher for a supermarket or store of their choice.

Information on what to do and how to be entered into the prize draw is also on the record form itself.

Do You Know a ‘Patient in Waiting’?

Healthwatch Sandwell plan a new project launching January 2022 exploring the pathway experiences of “patients in waiting” for hospital treatment.

Healthwatch Sandwell (HWS) would like to listen to the experiences of patients in Sandwell who have been referred by their GP but are still waiting for hospital treatment.

They would like to work in collaboration with the Voluntary and Community Sector and other interested parties who engage with and support residents of Sandwell to ensure patient voices help inform and improve local health and care services.
The project will seek to understand the impact of the longer delays for hospital treatment (due to Covid-19) on patients’ health and wellbeing, and their experience of services while waiting for treatment. They would like to hear what is good, what is poor and what is needed to improve the experience of being a “patient in waiting”. They would like to identify what adjustments to services would help make the patient in waiting experience more positive and enable patients to be fully informed and prepared for their treatment journey.

HWS will be arrange conversations with individuals and groups by phone, email, face-to-face or virtually to suit participants. Virtual conversation events scheduled include:

Waiting for hospital treatment – “What health, care & support services are needed?” First event: 19th January 2022 1 pm – 2.30 pm

Planning for hospital treatment – “What does good preparation look like?”
First event: 2nd February 2022 1pm – 2.30 pm

If you would like to share your experience or be involved in the project please contact:
Sophie Shuttlewood – Projects and Partnerships Lead
Healthwatch Sandwell, Walker Grange, Central Avenue, Tipton, DY4 9RY
Mobile: 07732 683483 Email:

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