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Top Tips to stay well in cold weather

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It is important that we all take extra precautions as colder weather sweeps across the area this week. Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert for the Birmingham CrossCity CCG area and is urging caution during the severe weather conditions which could mean temperatures of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow.

Personalised virtual budget scheme to be created for pregnant women across Birmingham and Solihull

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A brand new initiative which plans to give pregnant women access to a virtual budget to improve and personalise their maternity care, goes live this week.

Maternity providers within Birmingham & Solihull have today announced their plans to continue working together towards the implementation of Personalised Maternity Care Budgets (PMCBs) for all expectant mums, with women able to choose from both new and existing maternity services by April 2018.

Think about which service you need...

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The NHS in Birmingham is currently very busy and we are asking local people to carefully consider what NHS service they need.

NHS 111 is open 24/7 for urgent medical advice and it’s free to call. By calling ‘111’ trained call handlers, doctors and nurses will help you to choose the best local NHS service for you, before you set off. This might be your GP, one of the eight walk-in or urgent care centres across the city, or a local pharmacy.

You can also find details of local NHS services, including pharmacies, walk-in and urgent care centres by putting in your postcode on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). 

Integrated Personal Commissioning early adopters

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Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) is one of the pillars of the Five Year Forward View. It empowers people and communities to take an active role in their health and wellbeing with greater choice and control over the care they need.

Joining the sites that have led the development of IPC over 2015/16 (Demonstrators), and supported by the IPC Emerging Framework (published May 2016), a number of “Early Adopters” for IPC became part of the programme in December 2016. Each Early Adopter consists of local partnerships across health, social care and the voluntary sector.

NEPT Stakeholder Briefing December 2016

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It has been an extremely busy year as the four Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have taken forward plans to commission a new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service which will start on 1 May 2017.

As announced in October, the new five-year NEPT service will be operated and managed by West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS). The CCGs’ investment in the contract has provided WMAS with the resources to purchase a new fleet of vehicles, which will help improve patient comfort and the trust has identified two sites where the vehicles will be garaged and located for dispatch in Birmingham.

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