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:
- Arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression
- Bariatric surgery
- Biological mesh
- Body contouring (apronectomy)
- Exogen bone healing
- Hysteroscopy for heavy menstrual bleeding
- Image guided therapeutic intra-articular joint injections
- Image-guided high volume intra-articular injections
- Knee arthroscopy
- Liposuction for lymphoedema and lipoedema
- 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.
|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|
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.