CCG News Bulletin - September 2015

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 Walsall CCG News - September 2015

Chair Amrik Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the September issue of the CCG Bulletin which aims to provide you with the latest news from NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It’s been a busy few months since the last issue and we’ve got lots more to share with you. I hope you find this e–newsletter useful and if you have any questions about any of the news items don’t hesitate to get in touch.

In this issue:  


AGM success 

AGM SuccessWe held our second Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this month. The event was held in the evening at the Town Hall on Tuesday September 3rd, and was attended by partners, patient representatives, voluntary organisations and the public. There was an opportunity for attendees to network and visit a range of display stalls. Accountable Officer, Salma Ali, gave an overview of the year which included information about some of the successes and challenges. 

Age UK, Accord Housing Association and Walsall CCG presented a short film about  a joint initiative to  make Walsall ‘Dementia Friendly’ which was followed by a presentation from our patient representatives about the work they are doing to involve local people and encouraged people to attend their Practice’s Patient Groups.

Our Chief Finance Officer gave an overview of Walsall CCGs financial position and Dr Rischie, our Urgent Care lead shared with attendees the latest developments around urgent care, including the new urgent Care centre that opens 1st October. 

We would like to thank all of those who came along and encourage attendees to complete our evaluation form here.  You can view the photos from the event by copy and pasting the following link into Google Chrome:

Review of the year launch 

Review of YearWe are extremely proud to present this year’s Annual Report Summary document, which highlights some of our many successes throughout the year. We would like to thank all our staff and partners for their hard work and commitment and look forward to working with them in the future. A copy of the document can be downloaded from our website. 


Strategic transformation

Strategic TransformationThe health needs of the people of Walsall are changing and the demands on our health services are increasing. This means the way we have organised our hospitals, community based services and primary care in the past will not meet the needs of the future. Changes are required to the way services are provided, both in order to meet changing demands, and to improve outcomes. 

 In our five year Strategic Plan we outlined our commitment to change to fully prepare for the future, and in July we held an event for leaders of the local health and care system (Walsall Council, Walsall healthcare Trust; Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust) to look at how we can work together to find a shared way to in order to plan and deliver a sustainable health economy that is ‘fit for the future’. The event was held at Bescott Stadium and facilitated by Sir Neil McKay.

Attendees at the event committed to working together to develop a shared vision for our local system, this includes providing integrated care closer to home, together with a joined up public health, prevention, and self- help agenda which enable us to support people to remain well  and independent for as long as possible.

Work to develop this further will continue over the next few months as we collectively deliver the required system wide transformation to ensure we support people in Walsall to lead healthier lives for longer.                                                   

Urgent Care Centre prepare to open its doors

Urgent Care CentreServices at the Walk-in Centre at Market Square in the town centre will change to an Urgent Care Centre from October 1st, 2015. Patients will able to access health advice and treatment for illnesses or injuries which are not life-threatening, but are too urgent to wait for a routine appointment with their GP Practice.

The new means that patients will now have a choice of two Urgent Care Centres to visit in Walsall – the new one in the town centre, or the existing one at the Walsall Manor Hospital site. No appointment is necessary and patients can expect to receive the same service, whichever site they go to. We are confident that the new urgent centre will ensure patients get the best treatment by the most appropriate NHS service, which will allow our busy A&E departments to help the people who really need them the most.

A leaflet with more information is available to download via the website or pick up a copy in your GP practice.

Mental health in children and young people event

6On Tuesday 15th September, Walsall Public Health and Walsall CCG held a joint an Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health in Children and Young People Event. Over 90 people came to give their feedback about the draft Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Needs Assessment, Strategy and Transformation Plan for Children and Young People in Walsall. The event included presentation, opportunities to talk to others and a table top discussion about priorities and actions. The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health of Children and Young People is important to us in Walsall; the strategy, transformation plan and needs assessment will support us in achieving our vision for children and young people in Walsall to enjoy a happy, confident, childhood, by supporting them to build resilience to be able to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

New appointments

7We are delighted to announce that we have recently appointed John Wicks as Interim Director of Commissioning and Transformation.  John’s role will involve leading the drive to better integrate local health and social care services, in line with the Five Year Forward View. His leadership skills and vast experience of the NHS means he brings some excellent skills and insight to the CCG.

Another change to our Senior Management Team is Sally Roberts, our Lead Nurse, who has been successfully appointed as our Lead Director of Governance, Quality and Safety for the CCG. 

Flu vaccination campaign 

8Walsall CCG is supporting the launch of Public Health England’s national seasonal flu programme, which aims to encourage at risk groups to uptake the vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus. Everyone aged 65 and over, all pregnant women and people of any age with health problems are eligible for a free flu jab.

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week. However, older people, the very young, women who are pregnant and those with some underlying diseases are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

The vaccine is the best possible protection against the flu virus. Even if you have had the vaccination before, the types of virus in circulation change every year, as does the vaccine, therefore it is important that you get the jab every winter.”

Last year also saw the introduction of the nasal spray targeting parents of two and three year olds, encouraging them to get their child immunised with the needle-free vaccine. This year the programme will be extended to include yearly vaccination of all 2-16 year olds.

Vaccines will be available between October 2014 – March 2015 from your local GP or a pharmacy near you. 

GP Federations – update 

9GP practices in Walsall are keen to work together collaboratively and following work on Walsall CCG’s primary care transformation programme. Two Walsall GP Federations have been formed – Walsall Alliance Ltd and Palmaris Healthcare Ltd.  The start-up of these new organisations appears to be progressing well.  A lot of work has been undertaken by the Federations and both held launch events in September to share their work so far.  The events were well attended and the feedback very positive.  We will continue to keep you updated on progress. 

NHS 111 change of provider 

10The NHS111 service for the West Midlands is now provided by West Midlands Doctors Urgent Care (WDUC). The change took place on Tuesday, 8th September. The transition went smoothly, with all contingency arrangements for call handling in place and thorough testing of the service prior to launch. West Midlands Doctors Urgent Care (WDUC) is one of the longest serving NHS111 providers in the country, currently operating in Staffordshire, Bath, Somerset, East Leicestershire and Rutland. We will be working alongside WDUC to develop an Integrated NHS111 in line with national guidance; this sees further integration with our Out of Hours providers. The 111 service was introduced to provide a single contact number for both medical advice and the out-of-hours GP service. The service is available for patients free of charge, 27 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find out more visit the NHS 111 website. 

National maternity review 

11NHS England has begun work in April this year to get a picture of the current state of maternity services across England and determine what can be done to improve these services. An online consultation is now available on the NHS England website and is open to women who have been pregnant and supported by the NHS, to their husbands or partners, friends and family members. Healthcare professionals, charities and representative organisations as well as commissioners of maternity services are also invited to participate.  The consultation will be open until 31st October 2015.All comments will contribute to the review’s recommendations, which will be published in December on the NHS England website. 

Date for your diary 

12You are invited to attend the next NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body meeting. The public meeting will take place on Thursday 26th November, 2015 at Jean Beeley conference room, Blakenall Village Centre, Thames Road, Blakenall, WS3 1LZ. Papers will be available on the CCG website prior to the meeting.