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CCG and practices continuing to reduce antibiotic prescribing in Birmingham

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Local GPs are working with patients to only prescribe antibiotics when absolutely necessary this winter.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been encouraging its 120 practices and branches to safeguard these vital medicines for the future, as overuse of antibiotics mean they are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate.

Dr Paul Dudley, NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG’s Medicines Management Prescribing Lead and a GP at Cotmore Surgery in Kingstanding, said: “For most healthy people, your body’s immune system does a great job fighting infections like coughs, colds, sinusitis, earache and sore throats, all of which will usually get better without the need for antibiotics. In fact most of these infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria, and antibiotics are useless against viruses.

Contract awarded for Birmingham, Sandwell & Solihull non-emergency patient transport

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West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver a new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service for around 8,500 patients a week from 1 May 2017.

NEPT services are for people that have a medical need, and require specialist assistance to travel to or from NHS services. The service plays a critical role in patient care and the CCGs are investing in the new service to ensure patients receive a high quality, safe and timely service.

Earlier this year, NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), on behalf of 17 West Midlands CCGs, commenced a competitive procurement process for the new NEPT service.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG Information Lead wins coveted award

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Dr Masood Nazir EHI CCIO award webNHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group’s Information Lead, Dr Masood Nazir, has won the prestigious Chief Clinical Information Officers (CCIO) award for Clinical Informatics Leadership.

The eHealth Insider (EHI) Awards are the UK's only dedicated healthcare IT award scheme and took place on 29 September at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

Dr Nazir said: “I am delighted to have won this award. As a GP with over 15 years’ of experience, I am passionate about using technology to help improve services for all patients.”

Birmingham and Solihull CCGs take steps to create new single commissioning organisation by April 2018

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The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Birmingham and Solihull have agreed to develop a new single commissioning organisation by April 2018, subject to approval from NHS England.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs are undertaking the work in a bid to deliver significant improvements to health and wellbeing for the people of Birmingham and Solihull.

The new organisation will lead the way in developing commissioning reform fit for the 21st century, with radical transformation made possible through shifting resources into prevention, early intervention, communities and primary care. Speaking with one voice for Birmingham and Solihull, the new organisation is looking to lead the way for place-based commissioning, by releasing capacity and expertise to drive continuous improvements to the quality of local NHS services.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG shortlisted for three prestigious HSJ awards

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HSJ Awards finalistNHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG has been shortlisted for three 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

Dr Masood Nazir, the CCG’s Information Lead, has been nominated for Clinical Leader of the Year; Your Care Connected has been nominated for Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information; and Information Management & Technology Support Officer Kim Britton has been nominated as Rising Star.

The awards, which recognise, celebrate and promote the finest achievements in the NHS, will take place on 23 November at Intercontinental O2, London.

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