Birmingham and Solihull CCG works with a number of third sector organisations across Birmingham and Solihull, for both interest specific and more generic projects, and further details can be found below.
More information on our partners across health and social care can be found here.
Changing Our Lives
Changing Our Lives is a rights-based organisation, who work alongside disabled people and people experiencing mental health difficulties, of all ages, as equal partners to find solutions to social injustice and health inequality. Their approach rests firmly on the social model of disability and do not believe people’s lives should be limited or defined by labels and diagnoses, and are committed to reframing how society views mental health and disability.
The Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) has been working in collaboration with Changing Our Lives to develop a high level commissioning strategy for learning disabilities and autism which outlines the TCPs vision and overriding principles for service provision for our citizens. Changing Our Lives approach will ensure the voice of people who experience our services along with their families and carers have an equal voice in the development of the strategy, particularly capturing the stories of those patients who have experienced hospital care and are now being supported within the community.
Solihull Lifestyle Intervention programme
Gateway Family Services deliver the Solihull Lifestyle Intervention programme which is a local response to the needs of people who experience some of the worst health outcomes in our area.
Some of the issues that local people experience are high blood pressure, obesity and social isolation.
Watch our video below to see how the Solihull Lifestyle Intervention programme is helping to change lives, in north Solihull.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we are working with Envision; a charity that works with young people from some of the most disadvantaged areas of Birmingham.
Envision links with local schools and colleges; supporting young people to design and deliver projects to tackle social issues that matter to them. The programme is called: “Community Apprentice”, and Envision guides the young people with their chosen projects, and organises an interschool competition.
The overall aim is to help young people gain confidence in themselves, and to learn transferable skills that they can take with them, when they leave school onto further education, or into the workplace.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross has delivered health and social care services since the NHS was established. It works with commissioners to provide valuable time-limited support to vulnerable people across the UK.
We worked with the British Red Cross to understand members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community’s access to primary healthcare experiences. Visit our Your Health pages for more about Gypsy, Roma Traveller Advice.
Nash Dom CIC is an Eastern European and Russian-speaking Community Support and Business Development Centre. It works with community representatives, businesses, individuals and other related organisations from across 11 communities that include Slovaks, Poles, Lithuanians, Czechs, Latvians, Georgians, Belarusians, Romanians, Moldovans and Armenians.
We worked with Nash Dom to understand Eastern European migrants' issues and experiences of accessing healthcare.
Birmingham LGBT's objectives are to raise awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Birmingham and beyond, to advocate for their needs to the wider community and to promote opportunities to LGBT people in Birmingham and beyond to enable them to fully participate in the lives of their community.
The CCG is proud to be part of the rainbow badge scheme where CCG staff and GP practices following training will be awarded with a pin badge to wear showing that they are LGBT friendly and inclusive.
Steph Keeble, Director of Birmingham LGBT said: “Birmingham LGBT have worked closely with the communications and engagement team to develop and deliver a training package to staff across the clinical commissioning group.
"The aim of the training is to increase awareness of LGBT health disparities and enable staff to ensure LGBT health inequalities and needs are being considered by commissioners when services are procured locally.
"The training will be delivered through LGBT history month and reflects ongoing engagement between the clinical commissioning group and local specialist LGBT service providers to increase cultural competence of staff and make sure the needs of the local LGB and T communities are being met.”
During summer 2019, in partnership with Midland Mencap, we undertook a series of engagement events with local people with a learning disability and/or autism, as well as their families and carers.
Midland Mencap provided the CCG with the opportunity to speak to over 200 people at their AGM on 20 September 2018, to start the engagement process, introduce the Transforming Care Partnership and the CCG, as well as valuable networking opportunities.
As part of the work in summer 2019, we wanted to achieve the following:
- Listen to, and understand, the views and experiences of people with a learning disability and/or autism, to help us improve services
- Work with local people, their families and carers, who use services now, to ensure that what we are planning for the future is the right
- Understand what services are currently working well, and what could be improved, to help us to best support local people and families.
During the engagement events, over 50 individuals gave us their views and experiences of local services. The key themes raised were:
- GPs generally take a careful interest in the individual, but there are concerns with receptionists attitudes, waiting times, lack of appointments, lack of understanding, and being asked lots of questions repeatedly
- Annual health checks were good when offered, but many people reported not being offered one regularly
- Occupational therapists and community nurses are very good, consistent and easy to access
- Mental health services for children are good at times, but there are still issues with the transition to adult services
- Not feeling heard by the social worker
- Mixed views on hospital services; good communication in parts, but also reports of insensitive communication too
- Generally happy with ambulance services
- Day centres feedback was mixed, as some people saw them as positive and good for their wellbeing (but are also worried about closures and the impact on their mental wellbeing). Others saw them as old fashioned, overcrowded and not modern and an out of date option compared to community based activities.
We are now working with Midland Mencap to understand the feedback in more detail and how we can address the issues raised. We will be producing a ‘you said, we did’ report in easy read format, to feedback to those people who took part. The report will summarise the feedback and the actions we intend to take as a result. Check back on our you said, we did page in the coming months to find out more.