Agenda item

Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Update

Board to receive a verbal update on the local NHS system and the delivery of the vaccination programme.


Paul Jennings provided the following update on the local NHS system:

  • There were currently approximately 1000 patients who were Covid-19 positive, admitted to hospital.
  • They had a third more people admitted to hospital than at the first peak of the pandemic. The average age of people currently in the Intensive Care Units was 58 years.
  • There was significant pressure on their Intensive Therapy Unit, with just under 150 patients currently receiving intensive care, with a further 30 people seriously ill who were being admitted.
  • There had been a fantastic response from the health system overall, both in terms of the mutual aid in place between hospitals, as well as from staff redeployed from other areas.
  • There had also been a great response from Community Services, as well as the Social Care sector, in ensuring people got the necessary support beyond hospital.


Paul Jennings provided the following update on the delivery of the local vaccination programme:

  • Vaccines were being rolled out very quickly, with a really well organised system in Solihull. Their capacity to deliver vaccines continued to grow – there were 27 local vaccination sites locally within Solihull and Birmingham, whilst a number of hospital hubs were providing vaccines also.
  • The CCG’s focus on vaccines was very clear, with strong guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations in regards to priority groups. The CCG was initially focusing on delivering to the over 80’s, residents in Care Homes, people who were housebound, as well as Health and Social Care staff. The importance of vaccinating staff was emphasised, to help ensure they were available to deliver the programme.
  • At Birmingham Millennium Point, they had opened their first vast vaccination site – they intended to gradually increase the capacity of this site, with the potential of delivering up to 2,500 vaccinations a day there.
  • Paul Jennings expressed his thanks to Primary Care, emphasising the volume of work being undertaken to support the delivery of vaccines in addition to managing ongoing winter pressures.


Councillor Grinsell also expressed her thanks to all Health and Social Care staff, as well as the Primary Care sector, for all their work in supporting people suffering with Covid-19, as well as the delivery of the vaccination programme.


Members raised the following questions:

  • GianjeetHunjan, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, sought assurances there were appropriate support mechanisms in place for all staff, due to the significant challenges they faced in supporting patients.
  • Paul Jennings confirmed there was a clear set of support mechanisms in place for staff, including mental health support. They were conscious that many staff members had faced traumatic circumstances over the last few months – Paul Jennings emphasised the strong links they had with the Mental Health Foundation Trust, who were also providing ongoing support.
  • GianjeetHunjan detailed how, in regards to the vaccination programme, there appeared to be a lot of misinformation on social media regarding the content of vaccines – she queried what action could be undertaken here, to encourage uptake of the vaccine amongst all groups.
  • Paul Jennings detailed how there had been clear communications from the manufacturers regarding the content of the vaccine. He highlighted how there was a significant amount of engagement work being undertaken to encourage uptake of the vaccine, including with faith groups and community leaders.
  • Ruth Tennant detailed how they’d been closely working with a Community Champions network, which included faith leaders and met on a weekly basis. This had been very helpful, both in terms of understanding peoples’ concerns as well as sharing information. They were also considering a health inequalities framework for the delivery of the vaccine programme, to help monitor uptake and identify whether any groups may need additional support.