The Black Country sustainability and transformation partnership

View the sustainability and transformation plans for The Black Country STP, details of the footprint lead and which CCGs, Local Authorities and Trusts make up this footprint.

STP plan

View the STP plan and a summary of proposals

Footprint lead

Andy Williams, Sandwell West Birmingham CCG

Who is involved in the partnership and how many people does it serve?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

  • Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group

Local Authorities

  • Birmingham City Council
  • City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

NHS Trusts

  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dudley and Walsall Mental Partnership NHS Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service

Together, the partners serve a population of 1.3 million.

What needs to change?

Local leaders’ vision is to transform health and care in the Black Country and West Birmingham, bridging three critical gaps:

  • Local populations suffer significant deprivation, resulting in poor health and wellbeing;
  • The quality of the care offered locally varies unnecessarily from place to place, so not everyone has the best experience of care or the best possible outcome; and
  • There is a risk of not being able to afford all the services populations need unless early action is taken to avoid future costs, creating a sustainable health and care system that helps Black Country and West Birmingham lives to thrive.

Organisations across the Black Country are already working to narrow these gaps by focusing resources on ensuring that prevention services are targeted at groups and areas of greatest need:

  • Black Country and West Birmingham depression rates (7.4%) are higher than the England average (7.3%), and are recorded at 8.6% in Dudley.
  • Diabetes prevalence is much higher in the Black Country and West Birmingham compared to the rest of England.
  • The Infant Mortality rate is much higher in the Black Country and West Birmingham compared to England rate of 4.0 deaths per 1000 – Walsall 6.8, Sandwell & West Birmingham 6.9, and Wolverhampton 6.8.
  • The Premature Mortality rate for Respiratory Disease in the Black Country and West Birmingham is higher than the England average rate of 28.1 per 100,000 – Sandwell & West Birmingham has a rate of 38.1 and Wolverhampton 40.9.

What will this mean for local people?

The local NHS want to make common sense changes so people in the Black Country and West Birmingham get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.  This will mean more money going into GP services – creating more appointments, giving doctors and nurses more to time to go and visit patients at home, and linking up GPs with hospital specialists.  Changes that patients can expect to see include:

  • With an additional £25 million invested in GP services by 2021, an extra 25,000 GP appointments a year will be made available, with children under 5 and adults over 75 guaranteed same day access.  This means 200,000 people can see a family doctor when they need to – starting in Dudley but rolled out across the Black Country and West Birmingham.
  • Over 1,000 people a month who turn up at A&E will be able to have their problem assessed and treated by a GP, reducing waits and improving care.
  • Across the Black Country and West Birmingham, there will be at least 40,000 additional home visits, clinics and appointments offered in local surgeries and health centres, as close to home as possible.
  • By ringing one telephone number the 1.4million people who live in the Black Country will be able to book a doctor’s appointments in the evening and at the weekend, get dental advice, order a repeat prescription, or get urgent help.
  • By bringing all cancer services up to the standard of the best, cancer one-year survival rates will reach over 70 per cent in the Black Country and West Birmingham, with everyone getting diagnosis within 28 days.
  • Simple changes to the way family doctors, hospitals and care services work together will reduce the number of people visiting A&E by 3,000 a week by 2021, meaning faster treatment and care for the most seriously ill.
  • The new Midland Metropolitan Hospital will bring hospital services together in one place to treat over 570,000 people in a state of the art building.
  • The NHS in the Black Country and West Birmingham will reduce current high levels of infant mortality to bring it in line with the national average, avoiding the death of 34 babies a year – the equivalent of one child every eleven days.