They operate as individual membership organisations comprising around 216 GP practices. They have a combined budget of £2.25bn and commission health services for circa 1.2 million people from a variety of acute, community and mental health providers. All four CCGs have delegated authority to commission primary care services, and they have similar complexities in commissioning health and social care as well as their individual challenges.
The CCGs are engaged in a significant amount of work to better align existing resources and programmes of work to help accelerate the development of integrated health and social care by 2020. They have continued to build on the strong ethos of partnership working across the Black Country and West Birmingham.
This collaborative approach has been further cemented through the work being delivered as part of the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System (ICS)). The collective aim of the ICS is to deliver sustainable, integrated health and care services that improve the health, wellbeing and prosperity of our residents.
Why live in the Black Country and West Birmingham
The Black Country and West Birmingham has a rich industrial and manufacturing heritage.
From being at the heart of the industrial revolution, the region is now a vibrant, multi-cultural hub with diverse communities, beautiful parks and open spaces, and a mix of shops, restaurants, culture and entertainment. Linking to the UK’s second city, Birmingham, the area offers both city and rural living.
The Black Country and West Birmingham offers a great variety of places to live and explore. From Dudley, the historical capital of the Black Country, to modern city centre apartments in Birmingham, to the leafy suburbs of Edgbaston, there is something for everyone.
Surrounding Birmingham to the west and north, the Black Country and West Birmingham has excellent road, rail and air networks.
Road: the M6, M5 and M54 are the main networks feeding the majority of boroughs within the region
Rail/Tram: the tram service runs across our footprint from Birmingham to Wolverhampton and provides an excellent link. Main rail companies offer a variety of services east to west and north to south (£150m is currently being invested in Wolverhampton to redevelop the Interchange transport hub).
Air: the nearest airport is Birmingham International; however, our road and rail networks make Manchester and London very accessible.
Eating and drinking
The diversity of our communities in the Black Country and West Birmingham affords a great opportunity for experiencing different and varied eating and dining experiences.
The cultural and economic renaissance of Birmingham over the past 10 years has brought a lively and cosmopolitan feel which has impacted the Black Country as well. There are bars and restaurants to suit every mood, taste and budget from China town, to traditional baltis, to a range of bars and bistros, to high end Michelin starred restaurants (the highest number of Michelin stars outside London). This is complemented by the local eating and drinking establishments available in each of the CCG areas.
Places of interest
There are many places within the region appealing to all different interests. Dudley Castle, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Zoo, Sandwell Valley Country Park, Walsall Arboretum and National Trust properties such as Wightwick Manor and Moseley Old Hall.
Both Walsall and Wolverhampton have first rate art galleries with nationally-recognised collections and exhibitions. In addition, there is a range of theatres, music and comedy clubs with a wealth of entertainment opportunities to suit everyone’s taste.
Sports and activities
Our many arenas offer a variety of sporting experiences including football (Bescot Stadium, St Andrews, Molineux, Villa Park), cricket (Edgbaston), golf (The Belfry), athletics (Alexandra Stadium) and speedway (Monmore Green Stadium).
For participation sports there are numerous venues across the region in which you can take part in anything from the more traditional sports to something a little different such as glow-in-the-dark golf.