Solihull Together for Better Lives

The vanguard and the people it serves

The Solihull vision is to create a system where joined up health and care services support local people to have the best health and wellbeing possible, by preventing ill health, delivering care closer to home and offering rapid access to specialist services.

The partners include:

  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (acute and community services)
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
  • voluntary and community sector providers
  • primary care (including the confederation of GP practices in Solihull)
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • West Midlands Police
  • West Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network
  • lay members representative of service users, carers and the wider Solihull community

The population in this area is 210,000.

What is changing?

The vanguard’s ambition is to extend healthy active life and independence with an equal focus on physical and mental health and equal access to services.

The programme includes:

  • A community wellbeing service – providing advice, support and equipment to help people stay healthy and independent for longer;
  • An integrated primary and community care service – bringing together teams of community nurses, social care workers, mental health workers, geriatricians (doctors who specialise in care for older people) and local GPs; and
  • An integrated urgent care service, including an ambulatory care service and integrated clinical hub to provide alternatives to hospital admission.

A new population-wide health information system will give the right health and care professionals access to an individual’s full health and social care records. This will allow them to plan the person’s care with them and address any health or wellbeing issues earlier.

The partners are using the support of the vanguard programme to build on these principles of care – initially designed for Solihull’s frail and elderly – for the benefit of everyone in Solihull. By learning and sharing, and by engaging local communities, they hope to pioneer a new model to deliver care that is both better for patients and secures and modernises the local health and care system.

Key benefits

  • Better coordination of services and self-management of long term health conditions will reduce pressure on hospitals
  • Local people will live for longer in good health and with as much independence as possible
  • Staff will feel empowered and equipped to do their jobs effectively.

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