Extended GP Access - Patient Feedback
NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched its Extended GP Access service on 23 December 2017, which allows people registered with a Walsall GP to access late evening, weekend and bank holiday GP appointments.
Between December 2017 and June 2018 figures show that more than 10,500 people have accessed the service. The CCG is asking patients to complete a short survey about the service, which can be completed here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8CVHN2J
For more information about the services click here.
Black Country local maternity services
As part of our commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services across the Black Country, we will be holding two ‘Whose Shoes’ events. The purpose of the Whose Shoes events is to bring a stakeholders together to listen to the voices of women and explore potential options and solutions in the design and development of services.
The events take place on:
- March 27, 2018 at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, 10am – 2pm. To book a place click here
- March 28, 2018 at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital, 10am – 2pm. To book a place click here
Whose Shoes is an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of women in a fun and informal setting and to work together to shape local services.
Over the counter items not routinely prescribed public consultation - December 20, 2017 to March 14, 2018
NHS England has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term concerns. In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets. For more information about the consultation click here.
GP relocation proposal – Give your views – December 09, 2017 to January 20, 2018 - NOW CLOSED
Walsall patients are being asked to share their views regarding plans to open a new health centre, which will result in four GP surgeries being based at one site. The plan proposes to move Lichfield Street Surgery, Sycamore House Surgery, The Limes Surgery and Saddlers Medical Centre into the new centre, which would be built on the former Jabez Clift leather works on Lower Forster Street.
NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with the surgery’s GPs to raise awareness about the proposal and encourage patients to give their views. Patients are being asked to complete a survey which can be collected from any of the four GP practices. The engagement exercise runs from December 09, 2017 until January 20, 2018. Continued.
'Medicines which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care' consultation - July 21 to October 21, 2017 - Now Closed
NHS England released a 12 week consultation on July 21, 2017 about what it describes as ‘low value’ products. There were 18 treatments included in the consultation because they had been used to treat a variety of conditions historically, but over time there has been a reduction in prescribing of these medicines/treatments. Click here to find out more information.
Public Consultation: Improving Urgent Care Services in Walsall - August 14 to September 22, 2017 - Now closed
NHS Walsall CCG launched a six week public consultation in August 2017 regarding Walsall's urgent care services and how they are currently organised within the borough.
A broad range of consultation methods were used to promote and facilitate feedback from patients, the public, local stakeholders - including elected representatives - and staff. These included public meetings, social media activity, community outreach and focus groups with seldom heard groups. A letter outlining the proposals and ways in which people could feedback was also sent to all MPs across Walsall.
A total of 892 survey responses were collected with support from Healthwatch Walsall, from respondents living in Walsall and neighbouring areas. On November 7, 2017 the results of the consultation were shared with the CCG's Governing Body. On November 28, 2017 the results of the consultation were shared at the Social Care and Health Overview Committee. Read the full report here.
The next steps
Walsall CCG is taking into account the findings and issues raised from the public consultation to inform the plans going forward, with regards to urgent care services. The findings and recommendations will be shared with Walsall Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the West Midlands Clinical Senate for consideration. Any change in service is also subject to an on-going assurance process with NHS England.
Public Consultation on changes to Hospital Stroke Services - August 14 to September 22, 2017 - Now closed
NHS Walsall CCG carried out a six week public consultation in August 2017 on proposed changes to hospital stroke services in Walsall. The consultation asked local people to give their views on hyper acute stroke services for Walsall residents being transferred to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (New Cross Hospital). Click here to find more information.
A broad range of consultation methods were used to promote and facilitate feedback from patients, the public, local stakeholders - including elected representatives - and staff. The CCG wrote to all MPs across Walsall. The letter outlined the proposals and ways in which people could get involved. A total of 360 surveys were completed.
On November 7, 2017 the results of the consultation were shared with the CCG's Governing Body. On November 28, 2017 the results of the consultation were shared at the Social Care and Health Overview Committee. Read the full report here.
The next steps
Walsall CCG is taking into account the findings and issues raised from the public consultation to inform the plans going forward with regards to hyper acute stroke services. The findings and recommendations will be shared with Walsall Health Overview and Scrutiny and the West Midlands Clinical Senate for consideration.
Policy for Procedures of Lower Clinical Value - A listening exercise, July 27 to September 07, 2017 - Now closed
NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a six week public listening exercise in July 2017 to engage with local people about its Procedures of Lower Clinical Value Policy. Click here to find out more information.
The CCG commissioned Healthwatch Walsall to undertake the listening exercises, supported by Engaging Communities Staffordshire an independent community interest company. Responses were captured using a survey and there were around 300 responses received. The full report can be read here.
Your Health, Your Future Consultation on possible changes to GP practices in Walsall - have your say, July 26 to September 06, 2017 - Now closed
In July 2017 NHS Walsall CCG launched a six week public consultation on possible changes to some GP practices in Walsall. Contracts with several GP practices were due to come to an end and Walsall CCG looked at them and decided how future services could look. GP services are provided on a General Medical Services (GMS) or Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contract, with APMS contracts being time limited. Nine APMS contacts are due to come to an end in early 2018. Click here to find more information.
A broad range of consultation methods were used to promote and facilitate feedback from patients, the public, local stakeholders - including elected representatives - and staff. These included public meetings, social media activity, community outreach and focus groups with seldom heard groups. The CCG worked closely with Healthwatch Walsall to engage with effected patients and over 1,000 surveys were completed.
Walsall CCG's Governing Body met on November 7, 2017 and agreed the following recommendations given by Primary Care Committee:
- Area 1 - Approve Option 2 to merge the three contracts of the Wharf Family Practice, Sai Medical Practice and Manor Medical
- Area 2 - Approve Option 2 to split the site provision at the Harden Family Practice /Coalpool Family Practice site and Blakenhall Family Practice
- Area 3a - Approve Option 1 to let the contract at Kingfisher Practice expire and patients to be disbursed
- Area 3b - Approve Option 2 to retain Keys Family Practice contract
- Area 4 - Remover late and weekend appointments from APMS contracts (The Keys Family Practice, Coalpool Family Practice, Harden Family Practice, The Wharf Family Practice, Collingwood Family Practice)
The Big Conversation - Now closed
Walsall CCG Operational Plan 2017-19 - Now Closed
Thank you for your feedback on the CCG's Operational Plan 2017 – 2019 which sets out our plans for the next two years. The plan sets out priority areas which have been produced after consideration of the strategic direction that we intend and need to take, and our local operational challenges.
Download the Operational Plan 2017-19 here.
We are open to hear your thoughts and feedback on the plan, so please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthwatch Walsall - Now Closed
NHS Walsall CCG commissioned Healthwatch Walsall to find out more about the diverse population of Walsall and the best ways in which to communicate health messages to its different communities.
The research was carried out during September and October 2016. Focus groups were conducted with a cross section of the local community, such as over 65s, parents of young children and representatives from each BME community. Residents were also invited to complete a short survey on areas ranging from the most common media channel they use, to how they rate their local GP.
We have now compiled all our findings into our Outcome Report which you can read here.
NHS England Consultations
Please find the latest surveys and consultations from NHS England for you to take part in:
Help us shape the NHS England website - Closes 28 February 2018
Reviewing Hyperbaric Oxygen Services - Closes 16 March 2018
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards 2018 - Closes 29 March 2018
Monthly and Quarterly Statistics Return consultation - Closes 5 April 2018
Website satisfaction survey - Closes 30 June 2018
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) reporting template - 2017 - Closes 31 July 2018
Clinical Reference Group Stakeholder Registration - Closes 21 September 2018