Speak to us about Diabetes
Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our time. It’s a common condition that affects over 4 million people in the UK, with around 700 people being diagnosed a day.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that every newly diagnosed diabetic patient should be given the opportunity to manage their condition by attending learning sessions. It’s very important that patients learn about their condition and how it affects their bodies. Managing their condition well means that they avoid complications and lead a normal, healthy life as is possible. Despite their recommendations, data from the charity ‘Diabetes UK’ shows that only a small number of newly diagnosed patients are provided with a place on a diabetes education course. This is a great concern to us.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, we’re interested in your experiences and opinions. By completing our survey, you will help us to understand where we can make improvements to better meet the needs of other patients in Birmingham and Solihull. This survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is open from 6th October to 12th November 2017.
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National consultation on medicines which should not be routinely prescribed
Last year, 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed at a cost of £9.2billion . This growing cost, coupled with finite resources, means it is important that the NHS achieves the greatest value from the money that it spends. We know that across England there is significant variation in what is being prescribed and to who. Often patients are receiving medicines which have been proven to be ineffective or in some cases dangerous, and/or for which there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives. NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to support Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses.
There is currently a consultation about 18 medicines, which cost the NHS of £141m a year (not including dispensing costs), that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care. These can be categorised into one of the following groups:
- The items are of low clinical effectiveness, where there is a lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness or there are significant safety concerns.
- Items which are clinically effective but where more cost-effective products are available.
- Items which are clinically effective but, due to the nature of the product, are deemed a low priority for NHS funding.
In addition, your views are needed on some over-the-counter medicines. This includes over 3,200 products which the NHS in England spends approximately £645m a year on purchasing. These include products that:
- Can be purchased over the counter, and sometimes at a lower cost than would be incurred by the NHS;
- Treat a condition that is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal/be cured of its own accord; and/or
- Treat a condition which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care and/or treatment for the condition.
We have been consulting on proposals for changes to NHS commissioning arrangements in Birmingham and Solihull (10 July - 18 August)
The consultation has now finished and we would like to thank everyone for their views and feedback. The report from the consultation is available to view here
To view the proposals we consulted on, please click here
If you have any questions contact us:
Call: 0121 255 0551
Improve maternity information and care for women
As part of the Choice and Personalisation work of the Maternity Transformation Programme, NHS England has put together a survey to help us better understand the information that women want when making a decision about their maternity care. The survey is now live and can be accessed on the NHS England consultation hub. The results will be an excellent resource to inform how we shape information for women to support them in making choices. The survey runs until 31 March 2017.
Mental health recovery and employment services, provided by the third sector consultation
Your views are needed on proposals for improvements in mental health day services.
From 1 March 2017 until 26 May 2017, we would like your views on a number of proposed changes to some of the mental health services we buy from third sector organisations.
Third sector organisations are ‘not for profit’ and/or non-governmental. Sometimes these are charities or private organisations.
The proposals include creating ‘recovery centres’ for people with serious mental illnesses, offering individuals support with their employment, education and training options, and accessing personal health budgets.
A single provider of services is also being proposed, which could be one organisation or a number of organisations working as a partnership. The aim of which is to ensure that individuals from across Birmingham receive the same high-quality mental health day services, regardless of where they live in the city.
The consultation questionnaire can be completed online here .
If you would like to attend one of the public meetings please see below:
2pm to 4.30pm Friday 17 March 2017 - BVSC 138 Digbeth Birmingham B5 6DR. Book tickets here.
2pm to 4.30pm Thursday 4 May 2017 - MAC Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH. Book tickets here.
Have you received a copy of the annual GP Survey asking you for your views about your GP Practice?
If you have received a copy, have you completed and returned it yet?
The 2017 National GP Survey was sent to a random sample of patients at all GP practices in England on 3rd January. The survey is conducted by IPSOS Mori on behalf of NHS England. The survey is very important as it provides patients with an opportunity to give feedback on a variety of topics such as getting through to the practice, getting an appointment, opening times, waiting times, standards of care from your GP and/or practice nurse, and out of hours GP services. GP practices and Clinical Commissioning Groups use the collective scores to help them to make changes that will benefit patients. All feedback is anonymous.
The survey will be open for responses until the 30th March. Patients can complete it on paper, online, and in Easy Read, Braille, British Sign Language or large print formats upon request. It is also available online and over the phone in 14 additional languages.
There is a FAQ page on the NHS England website which contains comprehensive information about the survey that you may find useful.
If you have received a paper copy of the survey and would prefer to complete online, or want to look at the 2016 scores for your practice please use this link.