I am delighted to share with you the first edition of our Stakeholder Newsletter (see below), sent to you in partnership with the Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs.
As the newly appointed Managing Director for Walsall CCG, I am thrilled to be joining an organisation with such a strong record of innovation and high-quality commissioning. Over the coming year, I look forward to meeting you all as stakeholders and learning from your work and experiences across the local health and care system.
Developing services with patients at the heart of delivery, built from a strong primary care and community base, is something I am passionate about achieving here in Walsall. In order to do this, we will continue to strengthen our patient and public engagement mechanisms so we truly understand what matters most to local people, making sure we make the best use of the resources we have.
Together with our health and care partners in Walsall, our aim is to develop services that our public and staff can be proud of.
Here in Walsall, our emphasis remains on strengthening our identity through our local place-based agendas, such as our Integrated Care Partnership, Walsall Together and through working in collaboration with our Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs to tackle common issues. Partnership working and integrating local health and care services, will remain a key focus so that we can address the changing needs of our population and maximise the support that patients receive in their communities.
Partnership and integration is also a key priority for our GP colleagues, who continue to join forces through their seven Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Walsall. By working in collaboration, our GP practices aim to transform how they deliver care to their patients, enabling greater provision of proactive, personalised and coordinated health and social care.
However our immediate efforts as a CCG, remains on preparing and responding to the challenges that Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is giving to our health and social care system. It is at times like this when our patients and public are thankful for the fantastic service that our NHS and care sector provides. Thank you to everyone involved in our collective response, in particular our hospital and local authority colleagues, primary and community services and the voluntary sector who continue to provide enhanced support to our most vulnerable communities in Walsall.