Better Health and Care in the Black Country and West Birmingham

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Partners from across 18 local health and social care organisations have been invited to participate in the development of proposals to improve health and care for local people. The proposals are known as the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

There is a national requirement to develop five year Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) covering all areas of NHS spending in England and linking with all national strategic priorities for health. 

What the STP is

It’s a collaboration of organisations across primary care, community services, social care, mental health and acute and specialised services across the Black Country and the west of Birmingham. These organisations retain their individual responsibility and decision-making powers, but recognise the opportunity and benefits of coming together for people who use our health and care services. The STP is not a new organisation and it has no statutory powers

STP aims

STPs offer a new way of working for health and social care services locally, focusing on delivering health and care services defined by local area boundaries, not by local organisational boundaries. The aims are to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of local people
  • Improve the quality of local health and care services
  • Deliver financial stability and efficiencies throughout the local health care system 

STP documents

The three documents below detail our plans:

NHS England have also published an online animation explaining how and why STP proposals are trying to improve health and care for patients. You can watch it here

The STP partners invited to participate in the development of the STP are:

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dudley and Walsall Mental Partnership NHS Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • NHS England
  • Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust  
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Digital Roadmap document supporting plans for better health and care in the Black Country 

Supporting delivery of the above Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), the Black Country Digital Roadmap can be found here. It provides an overview of the region’s Digital initiatives supporting the STP priorities and outlines the roadmap to deliver the commitment made by the Five Year Forward View – “paperless by 2020”. 

Developed in partnership with organisations across the Black Country, the roadmap focuses on, at a high level, the priorities for digital development supporting the health and care economy through four core themes:

  • Empowerment
  • Infrastructure
  • Integration
  • Intelligence

The Black Country Digital Roadmap will continue to evolve as initiatives and projects are delivered and new technologies are evaluated and incorporated in our thinking. All future iterations of the Roadmap will be published on this website.