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MMR pop-up vaccine clinics available in the Black Country

Due an increase in measles cases across the West Midlands, more pop-up vaccination clinics have been set up in the Black Country to help ensure people are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.

Children aged five and over and any adults who are yet to receive both doses of the MMR vaccine are invited to come forward.

Measles is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications such as severe lung infections and inflammation of the brain. It also damages and suppresses the whole immune system, meaning children can be left much more susceptible to catching other illnesses.

It can spread quickly among communities, particularly schools and nurseries, if children have not had two dose the MMR vaccine.

All children are invited for their first MMR vaccine on the NHS when they turn one. The second dose is given when they reach three years and four months of age. Having two doses of the vaccine provides the best protection against MMR and adults and older children can be vaccinated at any age if they have not been fully vaccinated before.

The pop-up clinics are being hosted across the Black Country, including:

• Wood Lane Community Centre, Wood Lane, West Bromwich, B709PT, Saturday 27 January, 9am-1.30pm. To book an appointment call 0121 592 1110.

• South & Central Locality Hub, Birchills Street, Walsall, WS2 8NF, Saturday 27 January, 9am-1. 30pm.To book an appointment call 01922 902035.

• Park Village Education Centre, Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 0RA. Saturday 27 January, 10am-4pm. Walk in, no appointment needed.

• Vaccination van located at Bilston Market, Pinfold Street, Wolverhampton, WV14 0DN. Saturday 27 January, 9am-3pm. Walk in, no appointment needed.

• Vaccination van located outside Poundland in Walsall Town Centre, Lower Hall Lane, St Matthews Quarter, WS1 1PU, Saturday 3 February, 9am-3pm. Walk in, no appointment needed.

The clinics will be staffed by trained healthcare professionals from the NHS and Vaccination UK who specialise in childhood vaccinations and follow all necessary safety protocols. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the clinics.

Dr Fiona Rose, local GP and Clinical Director for Quality and Safety for the NHS Black Country

Integrated Care Board said: “Measles is a serious but entirely preventable disease that spreads easily between unvaccinated people, in particular children.

“The safest and most effective way to prevent measles is to ensure your child is fully vaccinated with MMR vaccine. It is one of the most studied vaccines in the world, with millions of doses given every year – it is safe for your child, and will protect them, their friends and the wider community.

“It’s important to remember that measles is not just a childhood disease and can be serious at any age. Anyone can catch up on any missed doses and it's never too late to protect yourself. Our pop-up clinics are a great opportunity for children aged five and over, as well as adults who have missed a dose to get vaccinated, so please do book an appointment as soon as you can.”

If people know they have missed an MMR dose, they can walk-in to one of the pop-up clinics for a vaccination. Those who are unsure if they, or their child, are up to date with all their routine vaccinations can confirm their vaccine status by checking:

-their child’s Red Book (personal child health record)

-the NHS app

-or by contacting their GP practice.

For more information about the MMR vaccine, visit the NHS website MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 


Stakeholder Update: Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

In October we updated you on the position for Dudley Integrated Health and Care (DIHC) NHS Trust following commissioners and Dudley Place partners reviewing future options for services. As you may be aware, DIHC was established in 2020 at the start of the Covid pandemic. Since then, the landscape and NHS policy has changed considerably and whilst the clinical model of care for Dudley is still supported positively by all partners, it has been decided that it can be delivered through a place-based partnership rather than through a stand-alone organisation.

The aim has always been and will continue to be to work collaboratively with health, care and voluntary sector partners to provide co-ordinated care for the Dudley population, focusing on reducing health inequalities and improving the health of the population. Over the last three years, DIHC have worked hard to make a positive impact by working with patients, communities and wider partners, and this work will continue as services and functions transition into different organisations, still serving the Dudley population.

We are now in a position to provide further clarity following discussion at the Black Country Integrated Care Board (BCICB) and final decisions being made by all commissioners. As such, the destinations for services and functions are:

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

IAPT/Dudley Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression

Primary Care Mental Health

First Contact Mental Health practitioners

Mental Health commissioning function

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust - host of Place Partnership

ICB commissioned primary care services, including:

  • High Oak and Chapel St surgeries
  • Special Allocation Scheme
  • Research

Continuing Health Care/Intermediate Care

Integrated Medicines Management

GP Clinical Leadership

Ex-CCG corporate functions

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) staff for

  • Brierley Hill & Amblecote Primary Care Network
  • Halesowen Primary Care Network
  • Dudley & Netherton Primary Care Network

Adult safeguarding

Black Country Integrated Care Board (BCICB)

Designated Clinical Officer function

Staff not covered by TUPE

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

School Health Advisor Service

Childrens safeguarding

Stourbridge, Wollescote & Lye Primary Care Network

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) staff via lead practice

Sedgley, Coseley & Gornal Primary Care Network

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)  staff via lead practices

Kingswinford and Wordsley Primary Care Network

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) staff via limited company

*ARRS -includes enhanced primary care roles that support general practice, for example, Listening & Guidance, Paramedics, Health & Wellbeing Coaches etc

DIHC will now commence the mobilisation and transition period and are working with recipient organisations to enable the safe and effective transfer of our services. Services will continue to operate safely in line with all NHS and regulatory requirements until the transition is complete and there will be no change to how patients currently access and receive services.

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout the transition period. If you would like to discuss any of the information within this communication, please do contact us via 

Mr Matthew Hartland

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

Chief Executive Officer

 

Mr Mark Axcell

NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board

Chief Executive Officer


Stakeholder Message sent on behalf of Matt Hartland and Mark Axcell

Dear colleagues


As you will be aware Dudley Place partners and specifically our commissioners have been reviewing options for the future of Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust services. A set of principles were previously agreed to secure the best outcome as we prepare to safely transfer services to new providers, and these have guided this work so far. These principles include:   

  • There will be no service change for patients, at the point of transfer. 
  • Protecting employment for staff will be a priority and we will avoid moving staff more than once. 
  • Where there are teams or services that are integrated now, we will aim to retain that integration moving forwards and transfer them together. 
  • We will keep talking to you our stakeholders, and to our staff about this work and we will ensure patients are aware of any changes which will be made.

Ultimately, our aim is to ensure that any future service moves create an “equal or better” scenario in terms of quality of care for those using them and that the transfer of services to new providers is safe.

Each of the commissioners has been playing a key role in the review to determine the best future for the services for which they are responsible, and we wanted to update you on the progress made since our last message at the end of July.

There is now a clear recommendation for the services commissioned by the ICB and for Dudley Council commissioned services there is a way forward through their procurement. The recommendations detailed below, have been endorsed by the Boards on the basis that they are best fit for the principles above. The recommendations are: 

  • The Council commissioned School Nursing team will transfer to a new provider as a result of the current Council-led procurement process and integrate 0 – 19 Children and Young People’s Services.
  • The ICB commissioned, Dudley Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression team, Primary Mental Health Care team and the associated commissioning functions are recommended to transfer to Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
  • All other ICB commissioned functions are recommended to transfer to a Place Based Partnership arrangement hosted by an NHS Trust

There is however more work to do to for PCN commissioners to reach a recommendation for the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) team. At this stage we are clear that the Place-based Partnership is likely to be hosted by an NHS Trust in line with the ICB operating model with clearly defined governance arrangements.  PCN’s are working with partners to see how such a hosted place model could support the needs of general practice, whilst continuing to support staff with what is important to ARRS staff, such as NHS pensions and other benefits. However, whilst it is the ambition of both the DIHC and ICB boards to work with partners to build a strong place-based partnership to support PCN’s, there is continued dialogue with PCNs as they may wish to directly employ ARRS staff at a practice or PCN level.  As this work continues throughout this month we will keep our staff and stakeholders informed of progress.

We remain committed to working with all Dudley partners to create the right environment for improvements to the health of local people. In the longer term, we are confident that Dudley has the foundation to enable this, and we will work to build upon the relationships that exist now to fulfil our ambition for integrated health and care.

We are expecting to know final recommendations from all commissioners on the future provision of DIHC services in October 2023. 

As the future becomes clearer, we want to be explicit that we are committed to retaining the skills and experience of our teams and staff here in Dudley and ensuring our staff are supported through the process and services will continue for those using them in the same way. We are developing an employment commitment with partners for DIHC staff who may not naturally transfer under TUPE as part of the organisational change process. The ICB has made a commitment to work rigorously in supporting staff and identifying suitable alternative employment if required.
 
If you would like to discuss any of the information within this communication, please do contact us via .  


Best wishes

Mr Matthew Hartland
Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust
Chief Executive Officer   

Mr Mark Axcell  
NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board  
Chief Executive Officer 


Don’t Put Your Health On The Shelf This Christmas – Free Health Event

Dudley Integrated Health and Care (DIHC) NHS Trust is encouraging patients to take care of their health in the lead up to Christmas this year.

From Monday 27th November, through to Friday 1st December, DIHC will be hosting a pop-up health and wellbeing shop at the Churchill Shopping Precinct in Dudley town centre. The Healthy Heart Hub will run every day from 9.30am until 4.30pm and will be offering free blood pressure checks with tailored support and advice from Health and Wellbeing Coaches.

Throughout the week, local partners will be joining the pop-up shop to provide information and practical advice on a range of health and wellbeing topics including mental health, addiction, sexual health, living independently, ageing well, cancer screening and support services, strokes, learning disabilities, digital access, adult learning and much, much more.

Dr Lloyd Baron, local GP and Health Inequalities Lead at DIHC said, “We know the lead up to Christmas can be stressful and we often do not consider our health during this busy time which can have negative impact on our wellbeing. This is why we wanted to take our Healthy Heart Hub and pop-up shop out into the community; making it easier for people to get a health check in a friendly and accessible environment.”

Matt Hartland, CEO at DIHC said, “It’s fantastic that so many partners are supporting the pop-up shop initiative and creating opportunities for advice, information and signposting. There is so much on offer across Dudley from our voluntary sector and our health and care partners and this is a great way for local people to get involved and be healthy.”


Brierley Hill and Amblecote Primary Care Network (BHA PCN) Newsletter - Issue 1

You may be one of the 50,000 patients in Brierley Hill and Amblecote registered in one of our 7 GP surgeries. Together, we are a collaboration called the Brierley Hill and Amblecote Primary Care Network (BHA PCN).

These surgeries include:

  • AW Surgeries
  • Three Villages Surgery
  • Waterfront Surgery
  • High Oak Surgery
  • Thorns Road Surgery
  • Quarry Bank Medical Centre
  • Quincy Rise Surgery

We work together to help our patients in several ways, including getting better access to appointments, delivering national Covid vaccination programmes, and working with Brierley Hill community groups and Dudley Council to improve your health and wellbeing. 


We have also increased the number of additional health staff working in our surgeries.

This newsletter hopes to update you on things happening in your Primary Care Network.

  pdf Click here to read The Brierley Hill and Amblecote Primary Care Network (BHA PCN) Newsletter - Issue 1 (676 KB)