NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group was joined by over 250 members of the public, GPs and local organisations at a special launch event on Thursday (12 July) which also celebrated the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The CCG, which was formed by the merger of Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs on 1 April 2018, is the largest clinical commissioning group in England.
As part of the event at The Vox Conference Centre, an afternoon of speakers was arranged for local Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), which included Gemma Jackson, chair of Thornton PPG; Jason Fraser, Birmingham and Solihull CCG’s Senior Primary Care Contracting and Commissioning Manager; and Shirley Bull from Sutton Coldfield Group Practice PPG.
This was followed by a health fair, with stalls provided by Birmingham City Council; Birmingham Voluntary Service Council; Gateway Family Services; Health Exchange UK; Living Well Taking Control; Solihull Together; Healthwatch Birmingham and Healthwatch Solihull; as well as the CCG.
The formal launch of the CCG was carried out by Chair Dr Peter Ingham and Chief Executive Paul Jennings, who also paid tribute to some of the many supporters of the local NHS for their personal contribution.
Paul Jennings said: “We are delighted that so many of our patients, PPGs and stakeholders were able to join us in celebrating the launch of our CCG, as well as the 70th birthday of the NHS.”
The event ended with a public question and answer session involving the CCG’s senior management team.
Patient recognition went to:
- Howard Tyers, former Senior Staff Nurse at Heartlands Hospital, for support in raising awareness of local NHS issues on social media;
- Mark Sanders, and his guide dog Lily, for his continuing support and involvement in a range of CCG meetings and for his instrumental role in the development of a minor eye conditions service;
- Tony Green, for his work with the Solihull PPG network and involvement with Healthwatch Solihull;
- Bernie Aucott, a Strategic Patient Partner for the CCG who is heavily involved in CCG meetings, boards, committees, events and workshops;
- Garry Morris, a local photographer, worked in partnership with the CCG to produce a range of images of Birmingham and Solihull to celebrate NHS70.