Health and social care news

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Community project boosts health

Published on 20th December 2018

A town grant is helping people take up health activities across Sandwell’s six towns.

Ambitious plans for social care and health centre move forward

Published on 17th December 2018

A plan for a new £10 million social care and health centre in Sandwell has been approved by the council's cabinet - in a new bid to tackle increasing 'bed-blocking' problems at local hospitals.

Tipton memories project launch

Dementia project helps to capture memories

Published on 7th December 2018

A project aiming to capture the memories of people experiencing Dementia and their families in Tipton has been awarded a grant by a special Sandwell Council fund.

Home testing kits for STIs available in Sandwell

Published on 29th November 2018

Sexual health services in Sandwell have been redesigned, making it quicker and easier for people to access support and look after their sexual health.

Don't ask for antibiotics if you don't need them

Published on 16th November 2018

Sandwell health bosses are encouraging residents to be more vigilant around their use of antibiotics – in a new bid to help people to become resistant to them.

Sandwell top rated at tackling 'bed blocking'

Published on 30th October 2018

Sandwell Council is one of the top performing local authorities in the country in dealing with 'bed-blocking' problems at local hospitals.

Volunteers provide make-over at care home

Published on 15th October 2018

A Smethwick care home for people with dementia has enjoyed a make-over thanks to the generosity of council staff and local contractors and suppliers.

World Mental Health day at Oldbury Library

Published on 8th October 2018

Sandwell Libraries are holding a special Mental Health Day at their Oldbury library to help people get more insight into the advice available to local families.

National recognition for anti-slavery work

Published on 5th October 2018

Sandwell Council’s efforts to fight modern slavery and human trafficking have been recognised by a national awards scheme.

Dignity champions

Carers leading the way with Dignity Programme

Published on 26th September 2018

Care staff from across Sandwell have been recognised for the work they are doing to promote the importance of treating the elderly with dignity.

Conference celebrating safeguarding adults

Published on 19th September 2018

A conference celebrating the work of organisations who protect adults with care and support needs comes to Smethwick next month (October).

Adult Social Care wins RoSPA president's award

Published on 9th August 2018

Sandwell Council’s Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing (ASCHW) service has achieved a prestigious President’s Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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New chair appointed to Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board

Published on 30th July 2018

The key partnership board that leads on safeguarding adults in Sandwell has appointed a new chair person.

School nurse ambassador project

School nurse ambassadors celebrated

Published on 4th July 2018

Children from schools across Sandwell got together at West Bromwich Town Hall to celebrate another year of the Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project (SSNAP).

Review praises Sandwell's adult safeguarding work

Published on 11th April 2018

Sandwell Council’s safeguarding work to protect and care for vulnerable adults has been praised in a report by top experts in the field.

foster carers Easter coffee morning

Easter Coffee Morning Appeal

Published on 20th March 2018

Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Childrens Services has made a new appeal for people to step forward as foster carers at a coffee morning arranged exclusively for Sandwell foster carers at the Coneygre Youth Arts Centre, in Tipton today. (Tuesday 20 March)

Cllr Shackleton with Charlotte Leadbetter-Chase

New assessment house to speed up equipment requests

Published on 20th December 2017

A special ‘assessment house’ has been created at the Independent Living Centre in Smethwick to speed up requests for equipment and adaptations to help people live independently in their own homes.

Residents urged to fill out survey on pharmacies

Published on 18th December 2017

Health chiefs are urging Sandwell residents to tell them what they think about their local pharmacy by completing a short survey.

Warning on measles

Published on 5th December 2017

Sandwell parents are being urged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles in the West Midlands region.

Support for care leavers

Published on 17th October 2017

Young people leaving care and living on their own in Sandwell won’t have to pay council tax until they are aged 22, if councillors approve plans to give discretionary relief.

Visiting Heart of Sandwell day hospice

New day hospice praised by health and wellbeng chair

Published on 9th October 2017

Staff at a newly-opened hospice have been praised for the work they do by a leading councillor.

Sandwell health visitors on target

Published on 14th August 2017

Health visitors in Sandwell are hitting top targets for visiting families with new born babies, figures out today reveal.

Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project

School health ambassadors celebrate five years of success

Published on 6th July 2017

Children from schools across Sandwell got together at West Bromwich Town Hall to celebrate another year of the Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project (SSNAP). 

Sandwell foster carers awarded MBEs

Published on 23rd June 2017

A Tipton couple have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and handed MBEs.

New vision for health and wellbeing board

Published on 6th February 2017

The new chair of the Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board has set out her long-term vision for how the council can work with its partners to improve the overall health of the borough’s people.

More people recovering from drug dependency in Sandwell

Published on 25th October 2016

More and more people are recovering from drug dependency in Sandwell, latest figures show.

Illicit tobacco trade targeted in trading standards operation

Published on 19th May 2016

Sandwell trading standards officers seized 33,750 cigarettes and 1.9kg of hand-rolling tobacco worth more than £15,800 in retail value as part of a national illicit tobacco operation.

Don't turn a blind eye to sight loss

Published on 17th September 2015

The sixth annual National Eye Health Week (NEHW) takes place from 21 – 27 September 2015.