During the last few months, we have been working with our health partners to develop an operational plan for the 2019/20 financial year. The plan describes the ambition of how we will work together to deliver healthcare improvements for people living in the Black Country and West Birmingham over the next year.
It covers priorities such as delivering care closer to home, joining-up primary and community services and providing people with more control over their own health and more personalised care when they need it.
Our improvement plan for 2019/20 represents the first year of a five-year integrated health and care plan, which will be aligned to the priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan and published locally in autumn 2019.
The five-year plan will be owned by each of our places; Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton and most importantly will be developed from the experiences of local people and our valued health and care staff. Some of this work has already started to take place, with Healthwatch organisations engaging people on their views of local services.
Over the summer, we will continue to have conversations with our patients, public and staff, so that we produce a five-year plan that truly reflects the current and future needs of service users.
Engaging and empowering our workforce will be an important feature of our improvement plans. A key highlight from this month was hosting an event to talk to local GPs about integrated care and the launch of our clinical case for change. We were delighted to have Dr. Albert Mulley, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute as a keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Mulley manages a program dedicated to building the partnerships required to achieve sustainable health care economies and is also the founding editor of the text, Primary Care Medicine - a resource used by many GPs in their studies. He used his wealth of experience to talk about leadership in primary care and the role GPs can play in delivering integrated services, which is particularly important to our local GPs as they start to work collaboratively as part of Primary Care Networks.
Dr Helen Hibbs
Senior Responsible Officer, Black Country and West Birmingham STP