There are four Clinical Commissioning Groups within the Black Country and West Birmingham STP footprint:
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 Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). The collective aim of the STP is to deliver sustainable, integrated health and care services that improve the health, wellbeing and prosperity of our residents.
Practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas to form Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
PCNs build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. They are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000. They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between practices and others in the local health and social care system.
There are 34 PCNs in the Black Country & West Birmingham of various population sizes and levels of maturity.
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.
Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton all have their own range of shops reflecting the communities that have grown up and established themselves in the Black Country. Meanwhile, The Bull Ring and Grand Central Station in Birmingham and Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Dudley offer everything a shopper could possibly want from mainstream high street stores to bespoke specialist shops.
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.
Find out more
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Training Hubs are commissioned by Health Education England to support the development of the primary care workforce.
They are designed to meet the educational needs of the multi-disciplinary primary care team, bringing together NHS organisations, community, local authorities and education establishments. Training Hubs support general practice with workforce transformation due to their ability to engage multiple organisations and provide education and workforce planning support.
There are two Training Hubs in the Black Country & West Birmingham covering all four CCG areas. For further details please contact your local area lead: