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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.

Young people and their experiences of health and social care

Healthwatch Sandwell have started a project to find out the needs of young people and their experiences of health and social care in Sandwell.

This project seeks to understand young people’s knowledge of health services and their involvement with the services, with particular emphasis on mental health services.

There is a short survey, which Healthwatch would like young people to complete. There is also the opportunity to take part in focus groups.

Further information is available from the Healthwatch website.

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.

Page to Stage: Music for Mental Health

Passionate about mental health? Want to create new music? As the world is beginning to open up about mental health, The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs provide a platform to share your experiences and raise the profile of this important issue through the Page to Stage project.

Join The People’s Orchestra for a composition workshop, on Saturday, 16 November, 1 pm to 6 pm. You do not need to have musical training to take part, just an interest in sharing your experiences of mental health and being part of the creative process.

Ideas and soundscapes from the day will be combined into a specially commissioned piece of music for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs, to be premiered in a concert next year.

1.00 pm Welcome and Warm up

1.15 pm Poetry Workshop: contribute thoughts and experiences around mental health.

2.30 pm Collaborate and create: a musical composition workshop with Kirsty Devaney

5.30 pm Informal performance to family and friends.

Get in touch on 0121 569 2616 to let The People’s Orchestra know you are coming.

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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!

New Dementia Cafe in West Bromwich

Are you living with dementia? Did you know BUDS will be running its first dementia café at Café Central, Central Library, 316 High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DZ? The café will be open from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

Why not go along and join the team in a relaxed friendly environment. Meet and learn from others in a similar situation. Get information and advice. Join in activities or just to have a chat and a cup of tea!

The café is open to anyone with dementia, their carers and families. Refreshments will be available at the cost of £1 per person.

For more information please contact Claire Mahmood on 0121 565 3721 or email

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

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..

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