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What Matters to Young People Roadshow – November 2019

During November (Monday 18 – Friday 30 November), Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are asking young people, aged 16 – 25, “What matters to you, about your healthcare?”

Young people have already said their mental health and wellbeing is an important issue.  The CCG want to hear their views on the area of healthcare.

Staff from the CCG will be visiting local colleges, universities and other venues to speak to young people to canvass views.

To take part in this survey click here. If you would like the survey forwarded to you in an alternative format, please contact

Information provided will be confidential and will used to plan and improve patient services for the future.

Scheme Manager Becomes First Ever Recipient of Prestigious National Award

Kate Morgan, Registered Manager for the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme, based in Stourbridge, has won the Shared Lives Champion of the Year Award for 2019, at the annual Shared Lives Plus conference in Liverpool last week.

The Shared Lives Scheme supports people with additional/complex needs to live with specially trained carers.

Across the UK, the Shared Lives model currently supports approximately 14,000 people with a variety of needs. Once training is completed, carers are carefully matched to support the person to lead as independent life as possible in the community. Carers are paid according to the level of support they provide and qualify for tax relief via HMRC.

If you are interested in finding out more about Shared Lives then please visit the website at or call on 01384 441505.

Advocacy Awareness Week 2019

The week beginning Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November is Advocacy Awareness Week. Sandwell Advocacy would like to highlight two of the projects in existence and what this means for Sandwell residents.

In 2018 Sandwell Advocacy celebrated 25 years of providing independent advocacy throughout Sandwell, promoting rights, voice and empowerment. Earlier this year, Children in Need approved three years funding for the Sandwell Advocacy Voice and Empowerment (SAVE) Project.

Sandwell Advocacy empowers young people, who are experiencing poor mental health and/or behavioural issues.   Their needs, rights and wishes are articulated when accessing, planning and delivering support and care services.

Additionally, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, approved the Voices and Choices project for three years. Voice and Choices provides independent advocacy support for older people with long term health conditions, who fit one or both of the following criteria:

• Older people wishing to maintain their independence in their own home, with appropriate support, where it is safe for them to do so.
• Older people, their families and/or carers who are considering choices and options around extra care, residential or nursing care and accommodation options.

The project ensures that people have a voice, are aware of their rights and choices and are empowered to make informed decisions around the planning and delivery of health and social care services.

Follow Sandwell Advocacy on Twitter #AAW19.


October is National Domestic Violence Aware Month

Wear purple to school, college or work any day in October and raise funds for local women and children in refuges.

Why is it important
Domestic abuse remains at epidemic levels, with two women a week killed by a former or current partner. Domestic violence happens in every community and affects people of all ages. While most victims are women and girls, domestic violence affects men and boys too. The impacts of domestic violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. But prevention is possible.

How your fundraising will help
Black Country Women’s Aid supported over 8,000 women, children and men last year who had experienced abuse and violence. Refuges offers a safe place to stay, advocates and counsellors help people to get back on their feet, cope with trauma and look towards a safer future.

How to take part
1. Just decide on a day in October when you will Go Purple

2. Each person/pupil pays £1 and wears a purple item to school, college or work or you can paints your nails purple, bake and sell purple cupcakes and for the more daring spray your beard, hair or moustache purple.

3. Let Black Country Women’s Aid know, by registering on their website, by contacting Debbie Slater, BCWA’s fundraiser on 0121 553 0090, or by email to

4. You will sent a fundraising pack for ideas and shown how money raised is spent.

5. Take photos of your Purple Day and BCWA will share them on its Facebook Page and Twitter Feed. There is a prize for the most interesting Purple picture.

6. Have fun !

Black Country Women’s Aid invite you to encourage friends, family members, colleagues and community members to show their support by Going Purple too.

Sixty Plus Activity Sessions

Accord Age Matters are delivering a 12 week physical activity programme aimed at Sandwell residents aged 60 plus.

The group sessions are designed to help improve strength and balance, make your heart stronger and improve mobility and overall health. The exercises are held in a safe, informal and friendly environment where you can make new friends or catch up with old ones.

Classes cost £2.50 and are based at locations across all six towns, including:

Bleakhouse Library (Wed) 3 – 4.30 pm

Baptist Church, Vicar Street (Mon) 10 am – 12 noon
Friar Park Millennium Centre (Wed) 10 am – 12 noon

Please telephone 0121 568 3950 for your nearest 60 plus activity group session.

After completing the programme Accord Age Matters can help you connect with the many activity sessions that take place throughout the borough. You can find an activity that meets your needs or one that you may not have thought of trying before!

Have your say on proposals to improve Acute Respiratory Services

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG are currently encouraging local residents to help shape the future of respiratory services as part of a listening exercise which is being run together with Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust. The listening exercise is being run from Monday 23 September 2019 to Friday 18 October 2019.

You are invited to have your say by completing the electronic survey on the CCG website or request a copy of the survey to be sent to you.  Public events about respiratory services will be take place at:

Healthwatch Sandwell – Health and Social Care Group
Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Time: 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Venue: Yemini Community Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich. B70 9SJ
(To book a place, please call 0121 569 7210 or email:

Ladywood and Perry Barr Health and Care Forum
Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019
Time: 1.15 – 3.15 pm
Venue: Safeside, Handsworth Fire Station, Rookery Road, Handsworth. B21 9QU

Sandwell Health and Care Forum
Date: Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Time: 1.15 pm – 3.15 pm
Venue: Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands. DY4 0BS

The Better Care Fund: Voluntary and Community Sector Consultation Event

Commissioners from the Sandwell Better Care Fund (BCF) have engaged with local people and communities, local providers and professional staff across Health and Social care.

The aim is to gather their views on the development and delivery of a new community offer for Sandwell residents. This new offer will support the growth and development of communities, whilst promoting and supporting individual health, wellbeing and independence and the transformation of health, wellbeing services.

The Consultation Event will be  on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

To book a place, please email

Refreshments will be available.

Harmonisation of clinical treatment policies

Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, are undertaking patient and public engagements on the harmonisation of clinical treatment policies.

National clinical evidence is continually changing. Therefore, NHS commissioners must periodically review and update commissioning policies to ensure the clinical treatments commissioned are based on the most recent clinical evidence. However, it is important that commissioners understand any impact to patients, their carers and families, on proposed policy changes before final decisions are made. For this reason the Commissioning Groups are undertaking a patient and public engagement process commencing on 5 September 2019, for six weeks.

The policies being reviewed are:

• Arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression
• Image guided therapeutic intra-articular joint injections with corticosteroids with/without local anaesthetic.
• Image-guided High Volume intra-articular injections (40mls+) of saline with or without corticosteroid and/or local anaesthetic Exogen Bone healing
• Liposuction for lymphoedema & lipoedema
• Bariatric Surgery
• Knee arthroscopy – Acute
• Non Invasive Ventilation
• Sleep Apnoea
• Neurodependent
• Biological mesh
• Body Contouring
• Adenoidectomy
• Hysteroscopy for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

For an explanation on each of the clinical treatment policies and more about the proposed changes please visit:

It is really important that commissioners hear your views as clinical treatment policies inform treatments available from the NHS. All feedback will be analysed and a report prepared for consideration by the decision makers at each CCG before any changes to policies are implemented.

Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire or send in your feedback to

The questionnaire is also available in hard copy.  To request this format call 0121 611 0611.

You are also invited to attend one of the engagement events taking place during the engagement period. To see the full list of events and to book a place click here.  Please note, the event can only go ahead if enough people wish to attend.

If you are part of an organisation, please pass on the information to your members and contacts to allow other stakeholders, patients, and carers to let the Commissioning Groups know their views. If you are an individual receiving this information, please tell your family and friends. It is important that commissioners hear from as many people as possible..

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.

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