Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board Chair’s Blog – 7 June 2018
First on the agenda this month was a topic high on everyone’s radar; progress with the Midland Met Hospital. Toby Lewis the Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust spoke to the Board about future challenges facing the build and how we get it open to the public. He also spoke about plans to ensure service disruption is kept to a minimum. The Board is keen to support Toby and his team wherever possible and I will ensure that local people are kept updated on this important work.
Next we heard from Andy Williams, Accountable Officer at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG are working alongside the council and the hospital Trust to develop a partnership approach to agreeing how they will spend their budget between 2019 and 2021. They said they will work with partners, providers and patients to help shape health outcomes for local people prioritising amongst other things the first 1,000 days and last 1,000 days of life.
Valerie De Souza, our Consultant in Public Health then spoke to us about our 0-19s action plan. The plan contains a clear set of actions that will help to improve outcomes of children and young people aged between 0 and 19 years of age. Cllr Simon Hackett is keen to ensure that strong links are made between the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Children’s Trust and has agreed to champion the plan. I will work alongside Cllr Hackett and the other board partners to ensure that the plan is supported and implemented.
We then had a discussion about the pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) that has been recently updated. A PNA is a document that shows us whether we have enough pharmacies in Sandwell and whether they offer local people the right services they need. The assessment demonstrated that here in Sandwell we have great service with plenty of pharmacy access for local people.
Steve Phillips, Divisional Director for the Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust presented the next item. He told the Board about the work that our mental health steering group is developing including raising awareness and rolling out a programme of mental health first aid training across Sandwell.
Finally, the board project officer updated us on the on-going work of two of our other statutory boards; the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and the Sandwell Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB).
Amongst other key work, the SSAB continue to develop their awareness campaigns, with a key focus on improving awareness of Safeguarding and what ‘to do’ if you ‘see something’ with a considered focus on prevention of violence and exploitation.
The SSCB are continuing to develop their new priorities which include making sure safeguarding concerns are recognised and responded to in a timely manner and raising the profile of neglect so that it is understood and comprehensively responded to by the partnership
Thank you to everyone involved in this very well attended HWB. The next meeting will be held in Smethwick, we don’t have a venue yet, so get in touch if you have a suggestion.
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