We are the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System (ICS)

Building healthier, happier communities

Our first priority ‘Healthier People’ is about improving the quality of services and placing local people at the centre of their care.

We hope to prevent ill health and reduce the inequalities that exist so that you can:

  • Live healthier for longer
  • Have more personalised care
  • Have access to more digital solutions to support your care
  • Have opportunities for healthy life choices 

We want to work with you to explore the role that you and communities play in supporting local people to be healthier and happier.

The best place to work

Our next priority focuses on our valued workforce. We know that in order to provide the best quality of services, we need the highest quality of staff

Together, we will have a renewed focus on retaining our existing workforce, attract more people to work in health and care locally, and by developing new roles to support integrated models of care.

Our workforce will know that we care about them, so that they can care for you.

They will also have

  • Opportunities to develop
  • Have more balance between their work and home lives
  • And more opportunities to move easily between the organisations in our health and care partnership.

Ultimately, we want the Black Country West Birmingham to be the best place to work.

Fit for the future

Our last priority is about how we create a system that supports the integration of health and care services, whilst making the best use of the money we have.

This priority focuses on the system changes that are required to enable front-line services to deliver high quality, accessible care and support.

Local people will see 

  • New state-of-the-art facilities
  • More modern digital technologies
  • Hospitals working together to deliver safe and sustainable services
  • Local integrated neighbourhood teams supporting your social, physical and mental health needs
  • Along with a new dedicated mental health service provider.

Improving care quality and outcomes for patients

Improving maternity and neonatal services

Improving maternity and neonatal services

We are working with women, their families and the people who work in maternity services to make positive changes. We want to help more women to have a positive birth experience and support their mental health.

Improving services for children and young people

Improving services for children and young people

We are working on improvements to services for children and young people – particularly the mental health support we offer, and the cancer care and treatment we provide.

Improving services for people with learning disabilities and autism

Improving services for people with learning disabilities and autism

We want to help people to live fulfilled, healthy lives, and to access reasonably adjusted care and support when they need it. We want to offer more support closer to people’s homes – avoiding hospital stays where possible.

Better care for cancer patients

Better care for cancer patients

Cancer is one of the biggest causes of ill health in our area, and demand for cancer services is rising. We are improving cancer screening uptake, detection, survival rates and access to treatment.

Better care for stroke patients

Better care for stroke patients

We have already made changes to stroke services across Walsall and Wolverhampton. We are working to improve how we help people recover from a stroke after they leave hospital.

Better care for cardiovascular disease

Better care for cardiovascular disease

A lot of people in our area have long-term conditions like cardiovascular disease. We are helping people to make healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

In The News

  • Health and Care Partnership Launches New Resource to Encourage Apprenticeships

    A new online platform has launched to highlight the wide range of apprenticeships available across health and care in the Black Country and West Birmingham https://www.healthierfutures.co.uk/apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are an opportunity to earn, learn and make a difference to the NHS with qualifications ranging from GSCE and equivalents up to master’s degrees, through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning. Recognising that it hasn't been easy to find different apprenticesh...
  • Roadmap Supervision (RMSV) Training

    Roadmap Supervision (RMSV) TrainingNews Clinicians are invited to undertake Roadmap Supervision (RMSV) Training to support colleagues to be recognised as a First Contact Practitioner with the Centre of Advancing Practice. There are two routes on the roadmap to be recognised as an FCP with the Centre of Advancing Practice: Portfolio route: requires submission of a portfolio of evidence signed off by an approved roadmap supervisor (RMSV); clinician criteria to be eligible for this training is...
  • Now hiring! Social care roles across the Black Country and West Birmingham

    A unique online recruitment event is being held next week for people interested in a career in social care within the Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB). Social care is about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social care workers could work in a care home, in the local community, or provide personal support in someone’s home. Around 34,000 people are employed in social care across BCWB, and the event on Wednesday 28 April will explore the opportunities...
  • Half of Black Country & West Birmingham adults receive COVID-19 vaccine

    The NHS is celebrating an important milestone this week as more than half of all adults in the Black Country & West Birmingham have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. More than 540,000 first doses have now been administered, thanks to the unprecedented scale vaccination programme which has seen people receive their vaccine in hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, pharmacies and even local sports centres and places of worship. Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Blac...
  • Black Country Health Chiefs say there’s a COVID-19 vaccine with your name on for everyone aged 50 and over

    Anyone aged 50 and over can get their first dose of the Covid-19 jab by registering on the door at certain local Vaccination Centres now.  Those who are eligible can arrive at on the following Vaccination Centres without an appointment from today until (and including) April 2nd :  Saddlers Centre, Walsall.  Tipton Sports Academy, Sandwell  WV Active Aldersley , Wolverhampton  Or, for the Sadlers Centre and Tipton Sports Academy, they can book by calling 119 or o...
  • Black Country & West Birmingham to become Integrated Care System

    The Black Country and West Birmingham STP has been given the green light to deliver increasingly joined-up health and care services for the people in our region, as we formally move to become an Integrated Care System (ICS) next month. ...
  • Liz delighted at inclusion in New Year Honours for COVID-19 work

    A primary care nurse advisor from NHS Black Country and West Birmingham has been included in the New Year Honours List for her contribution to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Liz Corrigan is General Practice Nursing Professional Lead for the Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and has worked in various nursing roles in the local area over the last 25 years. Liz, who lives in Wolverhampton, has been honoured with the British Empire Medal fo...
  • Local health leaders show support for carers during Carers Week 2020

    Heath bosses in the Black Country and West Birmingham are celebrating the role of carers as part of national Carers Week, especially because of the important contributions they have made during the coronavirus pandemic. This week (8-14 June 2020) is Carers Week – a national awareness initiative highlighting the important work being done by carers in the community – and local health leaders in the Black Country and West Birmingham are supporting this important campaign. Jonathan Fellows, Indepe...
  • Health chiefs encourage people to visit pharmacies first

    As part of the national Help Us, Help You campaign, health bosses in the Black Country and West Birmingham are encouraging people to visit their pharmacy for advice on minor injuries and ailments. Research shows that 27 percent of general practice appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere. Approximately 18 million of these could be treated through self-care and community pharmacies. Many pharmacies are open late, making it easier than ever to get advice. They can advise yo...
  • NHS rapid response team helps frail older patients

    Against a background of an ageing population and increasing frailty, one NHS Trust has identified opportunities to provide a service targeted at this patient group. The initiative is designed to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions through the emergency front door and keep frail older people safe in their own homes.  Emma Hibbs, Advanced Physiotherapist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, explains: “We know that nationally around 50% of the population aged 65+ live with...