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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 ( 

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.

Pharmacy opening hours for Christmas and New Year 2016-17

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Families are being urged to plan ahead for Christmas and the New Year by making sure they know in advance where they can get expert health advice for common problems.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group has published the hours of pharmacies which will open their doors during the Christmas and New Year holiday dates on its website, as well as through its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

This means families can get advice and over-the-counter medicines during the busy holiday period to help cope with ailments such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as advice on healthy eating and stopping smoking. 

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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