The input of local people, partners and local organisations is invaluable to us in shaping healthcare services in the Black Country and West Birmingham.

We often have consultations and engagement exercises running, and the details of any that are currently active will be available below - simply click the title to read more.

To hear about any engagement exercises taking place, we often send out communications to our Get Involved membership scheme members in the relevant area(s). To find out more, please read the Get Involved Membership scheme section.

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Current CCG consultation/engagement opportunities
 

Have you been referred by your GP to the hospital for an appointment, treatment, or operation? Are you still waiting? If so Healthwatch Sandwell would like to hear from you.

Healthwatch Sandwell are the independent voice of the public in health and social care. We collect feedback from members of the public using health and social care services about their experiences and use that feedback to work with service providers and commissioners to improve services.

Healthwatch Sandwell (HWS) are launching a project looking at:

“Patients in waiting” - experiences of hospital treatment pathways

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to delays and backlogs in hospital treatment which will take extra time to address. HWS is seeking to understand the impact of the longer delays on patients’ health and well-being, and the experience of services while waiting for treatment.

We would like to hear what is good, what is poor and what is needed to improve the experience of being a “patient in waiting”. We 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 hold conversations with individuals and groups by phone, email, face-to-face or virtually to suit participants. Please contact Sophie to share your experiences:

Sophie Shuttlewood – Projects and Partnerships Lead

Mobile: 07732 683483 Email:  Sophie.Shuttlewood@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk

 

Two virtual conversation events are detailed below:

Waiting for hospital treatment – “What health, care & support services are needed?”

First event: 19th January 2022 1 pm – 2.30 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84242092192

 

Planning for hospital treatment – “What does good preparation look like?”

First event: 2nd February 2022 1pm - 2.30 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87258377579

Linkway Medical Practice is proposing to relocate their Dartmouth branch site to Lyng Health Centre and extend their main site which is approximately 900 metres (0.6 miles) away.   

We would like to invite you to join us, discuss the proposed plans, and get your views on these as well as listening to your questions, concerns, or any suggestions that you may have.  We have two meetings in place and the details are here. 

Date:              12 January 2022 @ 1.30pm and 5pm

Due to Covid Restrictions these will be held on Microsoft Teams  

Further information can be found in the FAQ’s here.

Linkway Medical Practice and Black Country and West Birmingham CCG think that it is very important to engage patients and hear their thoughts on the possible relocation. If you would like to attend the open meeting or discuss this further, please contact us on 0121 612 1447 or email bcwb.engagement@nhs.net 

There is also an online survey where you can submit your views here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dartmouthmedicalcentre. The deadline is 5pm 04 February.

Alternatively, you can complete a questionnaire which is available from the Dartmouth branch site which can be returned to reception. 

You are invited to a co-production workshop to design what our Integrated Care System (ICS) engagement approach should look and feel like across the Black Country as part of our strategy for working with people and communities. We will have keynotes from:

  • Alex Boys, National Association Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
  • Olivia Butterworth, Head of Participation, NHS England

Taking place: Thursday 9 December 2021 from 09:00am to 12.30pm at The Hawthorns Stadium or Zoom depending on your preference.

Aim of session: Being an ICS means we will be working more closely with Hospital Trusts, Local Councils and our Voluntary and Community Sector.

Working together, we want to co-produce an engagement strategy that is reflective of our communities, shaping the way engagement looks and feels and more importantly how your views and your lived experience influence the work of partners across the Black Country.

Register here

The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the need for greater digital development and data sharing across health and social care.  The One Health and Care Shared Care Record (ShCR) is an exciting initiative that will improve the care provided to patients across the Black Country and West Birmingham. 

If you would like to find out more or ask questions about the ShCRs, please join us on Tuesday 14 December from 10.30am to 12pm by clicking here on the day. There’s no need to register, however do let us know if you’d like to attend by emailing: bcwb.engagement@nhs.net by 5pm on Monday 13 December 2021. 

If you’re unable to attend, you can still give us your views by completing this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ShCRsBCWB1 which closes on 21 February 2022.

As part of our engagement to hear your views, Phase Two of this engagement has now opened following Phase One engagement on the Principles earlier this year.

We want to hear your views on proposed changes to treatment based on clinical evidence.

Please complete our short online questionnaire to let us know any potential impact you feel may result if the proposed policy changes are implemented. It will only take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire. The surveys contain more information about the policies as part of this engagement which are listed by area.  A full list of the policies is detailed below:

  • Dudley area policies survey 
  • Sandwell area policies survey 
  • Walsall area policies survey
  • Wolverhampton area policies survey 

Alternatively, if you have any access difficulties, please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email BCWB.engagement@nhs.net

 

We would also like to invite you to a meeting to hear from our clinical lead and discuss our approach to harmonisation of clinical policies:

Dates of the virtual public meetings are:

  • Dudley – Tuesday 8 February (10.00 – 11.00 am)
  • Sandwell – Tuesday 8 February (4.00 – 5.00 pm)
  • Walsall – Monday 14 February (10.00 – 11.00 am)
  • Wolverhampton – Monday 14 February (2.00 – 3.00 pm)

To receive the virtual meeting details, please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email BCWB.engagement@nhs.net

This engagement is now open and will close on Friday 4 March 2022.

 

These are the policies that are included in the engagement exercise. Please click on the relevant policy name to view.

Clinical Policy

Explanation

Adenoidectomy

(removal of adenoids). Adenoids are small lumps of tissue at the back of the nose, above the roof of the mouth.

Abdominoplastyis

Surgery on the stomach to remove large folds of excess skin. This is common after losing a large amount of weight.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression

This is a treatment to help manage shoulder pain commonly felt when lifting your arm(s). It involves removal of bone and tissue via keyhole surgery, to stop these pressing on the muscle

Assisted Conception

A treatment to help patients who are experiencing difficulty in becoming pregnant i.e., infertility/subfertility

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgery includes a group of surgical procedures which promote weight loss.

Benign Skin Lesions

A non-cancerous skin growth that may present as a mole or lump on the skin.

Botox for muscle spasticity

This treatment is injected into specific parts of the muscles in the arms and legs which have become too stiff, making movement difficult. Botox relaxes the muscle and helps restore movement for several months at a time.

Breast Augmentation (enlargement)

This involves inserting breast implants, commonly after cancerous breasts have been removed (mastectomy).

Circumcision

The surgical removal of the foreskin, which is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis

Exogen Bone Stimulation

Exogen uses ultrasound waves to stimulate healing cells in bones to speed up the body's repair process, when fractures may not have healed properly

Gamete Retrieval and Cryopreservation

Gamete retrieval is the extraction of gametes i.e., sperm or eggs (by surgical or non-surgical methods) which can then be stored for future use.

Hip Replacement

 

A hip replacement is a common type of surgery where a damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis).

Joint Injection / Trigger Point Injection

Joint injections insert steroids directly into the joint and are used to treat pain related to a variety of conditions.

Knee Arthroscopy for Degenerative Knee Disease

A treatment for degenerative (wear and tear) joint disease where a tiny camera (an arthroscope) is inserted into the knee so the inside of the knee can be seen on a monitor screen.

Knee Replacement

 

Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint

Knee Arthroscopy for acute knee injury

A type of keyhole surgery where a very small cut is made on the knee joint to insert a tiny camera (an arthroscope) so the inside of the knee can be seen on a monitor screen. This allows the surgeon to repair or trim any damage using small surgical tools

 

Current partner consultation/engagement activities