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Patients invited to help shape proposed changes to health treatment policies across Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell

Patients and the public are invited share their views on proposed changes to 12 health treatment policies for those living in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

A series of engagement events will give the public the opportunity to discuss, feedback and help shape the proposed changes. There is also the chance to give views via a survey.

This is the third phase of NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) harmonised clinical treatment policy project; which ensures that commissioning policies are consistent with the most up-to-date published clinical evidence in order to prioritise treatments proven to be clinically effective, as well as stopping unwarranted variation for patients across Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

Dr Geoff Naylor, Lead Planned Care GP, said: “Treatment policies are designed to provide fair, consistent and transparent access to treatment for patients. 

“CCGs have finite resources and are required to ensure treatment policies are evidence-based, achieve best clinical outcomes for patients and provide the most cost-effective use of NHS resources. 

“Our treatment policies have been developed to be informed by the most up-to-date clinical evidence, best practice and clinical opinion nationally. During this engagement period, we would really value and appreciate feedback from the public to ensure our next phase of treatment policies are as clinically robust as possible for our local patients.”

The policies put forward for proposed changes are:

  1. Adenoidectomy
  2. Arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression
  3. Bariatric surgery
  4. Biological mesh
  5. Body contouring (apronectomy)
  6. Exogen bone healing
  7. Hysteroscopy for heavy menstrual bleeding
  8. Image guided therapeutic intra-articular joint injections
  9. Image-guided high volume intra-articular injections
  10. Knee arthroscopy
  11. Liposuction for lymphoedema and lipoedema
  12. Non-invasive ventilation – sleep apnoea, COPD and neuromuscular disorder

More information on the proposed changes, which includes draft policies, equality assessments and patient leaflets, is available to view here.

To book your place at one of the following public engagement events, please register here.

Date  Time Address
 Tuesday 24 September 2019  9.30am – 12.30pm  YMCA, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG
 Tuesday 24 September 2019  1.30pm – 5pm  Nishkam Civic Association, 6 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH
 Thursday 3 October 2019  9.30am – 12.30pm  Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
 Thursday 3 October 2019  1.30 – 5pm  St Mary & St Margaret Church, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 9DE
 Monday 7 October  9.30am – 12.30pm  Solihull Royal British Legion, 18 Union Road, Solihull, B91 3DU

You can also give your views via an online survey. Paper copies of the survey are available on request by calling 0121 611 0611. Alternatively you can feedback via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The survey and engagement period closes on Friday 11 October 2019.

Following the six-week engagement period, feedback will be analysed and a report considered by the CCGs before any potential changes to the treatment policies are implemented.


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