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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.

Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

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For more information on the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan visit

Statement from Mark Rogers, System Leader, Birmingham and Solihull STP and Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council

The NHS has been working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to develop a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Birmingham and Solihull.

The ultimate aim is for people, wherever they live, to lead fulfilling, healthy, independent lives, whilst being able to access the right early help as and when they need it, and for appropriate services to be available and easily accessible when people can no longer live independently.     

The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull has a proud history of delivering high quality care to patients and families, and we have much to celebrate about our primary care, community and hospital based services. Local Authorities have worked hard to transform social care services, focusing on supporting people to live independently for as long as is it is possible for them to do so.

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.”

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