As part of the CCG’s commitment to engage with a wide range of communities within Birmingham and Solihull, we are working in partnership with Gateway Family Services, a non-profit community interest company, which supports the committee of the Patient Health Forum.
This relationship has helped the CCG to directly capture the views and opinions of the Patient Health Forum; a diverse group of people living with a long-term health condition.
The Patient Health Forum gives a great opportunity for people from a wide range of backgrounds to get together with others and talk about their health condition, as well as give their feedback on health services. By talking directly to patients with long-term conditions, we are able to ask them to help us with the design, improvement and review of health services, enabling them to draw upon their own experiences and expertise.
The group, based in Stirchley, is open to anyone living with a long term health condition in Birmingham, which could be anything from asthma to arthritis or Alzheimer’s to anxiety.
Case study: Leslie
Leslie, who is in his 50s, is sole carer for his wife who has Alzheimer's. He was referred to the Patient Health Forum by his GP, who felt he needed some support after experiencing isolation.
After attending the forum, he has been to every meeting since. He enjoys socialising there, and finds it useful to be able to talk to other people about his wife’s condition and his own situation as a carer. The meetings also include speakers from other agencies and community groups, so Leslie has been able to access further information and speak to support providers directly.
You can read more about how the Patient Health Forum has helped Leslie here.
How can I get involved?
To get involved, contact Gateway on 0121 456 7820.
When are the meetings?
You can view upcoming dates in our public events calendar here.
At the 11 October 2018 meeting, the Patient Health Forum enjoyed the second of their "Five ways to wellbeing and guided meditation" session. Members also chatted to Anita Fellows, the CCG's Senior Patient Experience Manager.
At the 13 September 2018 meeting, the Patient Health Forum were treated to the first of two "Five ways to wellbeing and guided meditation" sessions.
At the 9 August 2018 meeting, the Patient Health Forum held their NHS70 celebration, marking the 70th birthday of the NHS. The group enjoyed cake, dancing and talked about their memories of the NHS.
At the 19 April 2018 meeting, the Patient Health Forum talked with members of the Communications and Engagement Team from Birmingham and Solihull CCG, finding out about the new organisation which was formed on 1 April 2018 and is the largest CCG in England.