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Engagement opportunity regarding NHS Pain Management Services

Based on information preferences shared with Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commission Group about engagement opportunities you would like to hear about, the CCG would like to make you aware of a listening exercise they have launched in relation to the pain management services commissioned for the Sandwell and West Birmingham population.

Pain management is a specialist service for people who are living with chronic long-term pain due to a musculoskeletal condition that has had an impact on them carrying out their usual day to day activities. There are over 200 musculoskeletal conditions which affect muscles, joints and bones such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and most commonly, back pain.

The service is accessible by GP referral for those who need help with managing their pain, with support and treatment options available to reduce pain, improve mobility and improve quality of life.

This listening exercise is part of a wider review of musculoskeletal services in Sandwell and West Birmingham and enables the CCG to listen and engage with people who have lived with chronic pain, to identify things that could be improved and help shape the way the service is delivered in the future.

The Clinical Commissioning Group would welcome the opportunity to hear from people affected by long-term pain and their relatives/ carers/ representatives and invite you to complete the online questionnaire below.

The closing date for this survey is 6 September 2019.

If you have any further queries relating to this listening exercise or would prefer to share your views by phone, please get in touch Kathryn Meredith, Commissioning Engagement Manager, on 0121 612 2789 or email

What’s on in September at Yemeni Community Association?

September.  The first month of autumn.  Its harvest time.  More important, look what’s on at the Yemeni Community Association!

Let’s Talk English:  Starts Monday, 2 September and weekly thereafter: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

ESOL Class:  Starts Wednesday, 4 September and Wednesday weekly thereafter: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Women’s Wellbeing Network: Talk mindfulness and healthy lifestyles in the comfort of a ladies-only group. Chatter and workshops over refreshments.  Starts Friday, 6 September and every Friday in term time: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Family Fun Day and launch of The Wellbeing Project:  Saturday, 14 September 12 pm to 4 pm. There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle, penalty shootout, Henna Mehndi and lots more!

All taking place at Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Please call 0121 525 3909 for further information.

Your opportunity to help inform the National Food Strategy.

On 27 June, Defra’s Secretary of State commissioned Henry Dimbleby to conduct an independent review to help the government create its first National Food Strategy for 75 years.

The purpose of the review is to address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of our food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.

The National Food Strategy will examine activity across several departments of state, building on the flagship Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill currently before Parliament, the Industrial Strategy, the Childhood Obesity Plan and the upcoming Environment Bill.

The purpose of this call for evidence is to gather inspiration to help us transform our food system. We want to hear from anyone who has a good idea: producers, processors, retailers, consumers, academics, policy specialists, inventors, farm labourers, factory workers, health care practitioners, charity workers, or simply interested citizens.

We are looking for ideas big and small. From government policies to simple practical things that make a difference in your community or your business. These might be things that are already working well, here or abroad, and that could be scaled up or used differently. Or they might be new ideas: things that haven’t been tried yet at scale, but which you think have the potential to improve the system. We would like to understand the rationale for your proposals and study the accompanying evidence.

The scope of the strategy is within England, but we would also love to hear from people in the devolved administrations or abroad.

We are looking for innovations you have seen work in your home, your neighbourhood, or your business, in this country or beyond: ideas that help citizens make informed decisions about the food they eat, or which increase access to and affordability of high-quality food; ideas that make food production more environmentally sustainable, creating a flourishing countryside rich in wildlife; ideas that help farming, fishing and food businesses and communities thrive, benefitting employees and the wider community; or that promote the highest standards of animal health and welfare; or that could put England at the forefront of innovation and reshape our food system in the coming years.

The easiest way to submit your ideas is via the online survey but you can also send responses to the email or the postal address below:


  • National Food Strategy Team,
    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
    Area SE, 2nd Floor,
    Seacole Building,
    2 Marsham Street,
    SW1P 4DF

Carers Project….Healthwatch Sandwell want to hear from you

Healthwatch Sandwell is currently conducting a Carers Project and want to talk to people (aged 18+) who provide unpaid ‘care’ for others. This role can include personal care, shopping, befriending and much more. The Project includes people who may not see themselves as a ‘carer’ and have not accessed support.

Healthwatch Sandwell is your local voice for the public in the delivery of health and social care services.

If you would like to be share your experience, the organisation is collating people’s contact details to:

• be part of a focus group in July and August 2019 to discuss their experiences of caring for someone. These will be held in each town and participants will be contacted directly with dates. (one in each town in Sandwell) or

• have a one to one interview to talk about your life as a carer and what support you have had, and what you would like in the future.

If you, or anyone you know is interested in taking part, please contact Healthwatch Sandwell on 0121 569 7210 or e mail

Healthwatch Sandwell: Board Members and Volunteers sought

Healthwatch Sandwell is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in the borough, delivered by Engaging Communities (ECS). The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch across each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

Healthwatch champions the views of patients and social care users across Sandwell. It works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services and provide information and signposting, so they understand what services are available and be able to access the right services.

• An Advisory Board member will need to have a good understanding of health, social care and well-being policy issues and challenges facing the NHS and Local Authorities, together with a good awareness of the local environment in Sandwell and how health and social care services are delivered. Please note this is a voluntary position.

If you would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of a vital organisation as a Board member, then Healthwatch would welcome your application. Recruitment packs are available from Aileen Farrer at or 01785 887809. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Elizabeth Learoyd on 07776090003.

• There is also a range of opportunities for general volunteering. From helping to spread the word about the work, to representing the organisation at meetings, reading and reviewing information and visiting health and social care services on its behalf.

The people that Healthwatch help and support come from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures with a wide range of needs. That is why the organisation seeks volunteers with varying experiences and skills.

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Healthwatch Sandwell on 0121 569 7210.

Cranstoun Sandwell seeks to recruit Engagement and Recovery Worker

Cranstoun Sandwell provides a range of services for those affected by drugs and alcohol. The preventative and self-help approach of the service compliments the established treatment and recovery interventions delivered across the Borough ensuring the service caters for all levels of need.

Cranstoun Sandwell seeks to recruit an Engagement and Recovery Worker, to be based at their office on the Oldbury Road in, Smethwick.

Salary range: £19,554 – £27,905 per annum
Hours per week: 35 hours
Term: permanent

You will be responsible for delivering all elements of substance misuse work including, case management, needle exchange, outreach, group work, access and engagement as well as other associated duties. You need to be committed to the recovery agenda, encouraging clients to utilise their recovery capital within their community and have group-work experience. There will be a requirement for evening work on Wednesday evening until 8 pm on a rota basis.

The skilled and compassionate staff work closely with services users and their families to change and save lives. They combine proven expertise in treatment and recovery with innovative approaches and actively involve those they help in improving the design of the services we provide.

Please note CVs will not be accepted. The post will be subject to a DBS Disclosure

Cranstoun Sandwell welcome applications from all sections of the community.

To download an application pack, visit

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Cranstoun Sandwell is a Registered Charity.

Suicide Bereavement Support Service Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The Support Service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.

The sessions, which take place the second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide and would like to attend the groups, please contact Gillian Reeves at Kaleidoscope on 0121 565 5605 or email

Please note the Kaleidoscope’s recent change of address to

321 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 8LU

Religious Circumcision – Community Meetings

As you may be aware, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG commissions (buys) local healthcare services on your behalf. Circumcision for medical reasons is still available across the NHS, but the NHS has progressively phased out the provision of circumcision for any other reason. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is the last NHS commissioner to implement this change but we are now planning to do so.

We understand that there are concerns where families turn to unqualified and unregulated practitioners for circumcision, or families on low income may struggle to pay for the procedure from a private provider.

We have put two meetings in place to listen to any other concerns that the community may have and to work together with other public services and the local community to find solutions to these concerns and agree how we can work together in the future.

There will be two opportunities to attend and the meetings will take place on:

Monday, 24 June 2019
Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA
3.00 – 3.30 pm (Registration.
3.30 – 5.00 pm (Meeting)

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
The National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY
5.00 – 5.30 pm (Registration)
5.30 – 7.00 pm (Meeting)

Places are limited, so if you would like to attend this event, please email or call the Communication and Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447.

The CCG believe it is important that you have your say and look forward to your input.

CCG Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan (NOUS) Services Listening Exercises

The CCG are holding listening exercises to hear views and experiences around Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan Services (NOUS). You can have your say on both Services by completing online surveys, or by joining the Clinical Commissioning Group at one of the public events, below:

Minor Surgery online survey

Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan survey

Tuesday 25th June: 2 pm-5 pm, Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury B69 1HE

Thursday 27th June: 6 pm-9 pm, YMCA 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

The CCG look forward to hearing your views. If you require any further information please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service, funded by money raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experiences. Groups are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

The Suicide Support Service meet, 2 pm to 4 pm on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th May 2019.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access support, please call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email prior to attending.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have recently moved to:

153 Dartmouth Square
West Bromwich
B70 7QX

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