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Student’s winning design for NHS

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Adam Oliver muralNHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recently teamed up with the School of Visual Communication within the facility of arts, design and media at Birmingham City University.

Adam Oliver, a third year student at BCU, fought off stiff competition to design the winning mural on the walls of the CCG’s headquarters on Hagley Road, Edgbaston.

First GP practice in Birmingham recognised for outstanding patient care

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Ridgacre Medical CentreRidgacre Medical Centres have been recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for providing outstanding primary care services to their patients. Established in 1935 and located in Quinton, Ridgacre House Surgery is the first practice in Birmingham to receive this rating, with their other surgery, The Nechells Practice, receiving a rating of good, with outstanding features.

Speaking about the ratings, Dr Maurice Conlon, a partner at Ridgacre said: “As a team, we all feel very proud and humbled at both of our ratings. The CQC experience has given us an invaluable lens to review the care that we offer our patients. We would like to thank the team at NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG, who helped with the attention to detail that was needed for our inspection.”

Healthwatch Birmingham celebrates successful transformational year with appointment of new Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board

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To continue driving Healthwatch Birmingham’s strategy and vision going forward, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Cave as the new Chief Executive Officer and Brian Carr into the role of chair of the board.

Andy joined the senior management team in October 2015 as Head of Operations and Public Involvement. He will now take over from Interim CEO, Candy Perry, who successfully led the organisation through the design and implementation of a new strategic approach and transformation in the last year. Brian Carr, Chief Executive of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), will be in the role of chair until June 2017.

Urgent Care strategy statement

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Dr Gavin Ralston, Chair of NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We can absolutely reassure local people that we are being totally transparent about our plans for urgent care in Birmingham and no decisions have been made regarding the future of any of the walk-in centres.

“The CCG has recently approved the urgent care strategy for Birmingham, at our public Governing Body, which is fully in-line with the national guidance that has been issued on urgent care. We will be having detailed discussions with local people about delivering this strategy later on this year. We take our duties to effectively engage with our patients very seriously and this feedback will rightly be at the heart of any decisions that we ultimately take.

“We are committed to ensuring that all of our patients have good access to urgent care services, in time of need, and that we deliver safe, high-quality and sustainable care to our population; particularly those who are vulnerable, or experience the greatest health inequalities.”

Birmingham CrossCity CCG shortlisted for HSJ award

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NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) project has been shortlisted for a category in the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Congress and Awards.

The innovative £4.5 million project aims to improve patient care by allowing doctors in Birmingham to access their computer desktop securely from anywhere and on any mobile device with an internet connection, such as smartphone, laptop or tablet.

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