Teams and individuals from the new Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) CCG have won a clutch of accolades in this year’s Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards.

The BCWB team was successful in three different categories, for projects ranging from helping lung patients monitor oxygen levels at home, to making it easier for care homes to order the medicines they need.

The awards, held virtually this year, are run by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and celebrate those who are revolutionising healthcare across the region with new ideas, technologies, and initiatives.

This year’s winners were chosen for their work in continuously driving positive changes to patient care, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners (representing their former CCGs before the formation of BCWB CCG) are:

  • Walsall CCG, who won the Medicines Optimisation and Management Innovation Award for their collaborative approach with primary care and pharmacy to streamline the medicines ordering process in care homes.
  • Dudley CCG shared the Driving Digital Transformation Innnovation Award with their partners Dignio Connected Care, for their work to roll out home oximetry to patients with lung conditions.
  • Sarah Sherwood from the Quality Team was one of six Innovation and Improvement Champions named on the night. Sarah was singled out for her work to develop and introduce the FREED pathway into care homes, which is focused on improving early recognition of frailty, deterioration and end of life planning.

Jodie Winfield, Senior Matron at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, was also named an Innovation and Improvement Champion for her work on a system digital innovation sub group led by the CCG.

Paul Maubach, Accountable Officer for BCWB CGG, said: “Congratulations to all the local winners, as well as the many more who were shortlisted, from our organisation and partners.

“These awards are testament to the power of partnership working, as none of these projects could have happened without close collaboration with others across the system and the collective expertise that provides.

“These innovative projects are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fantastic work being done by our teams in the Black Country and West Birmingham, especially this past year in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic.

“I look forward to seeing even more innovation and advancements in patient care, now that we have brought together all the expertise and experience of teams across the four former CCGs.”