Plans published for better health and care

Health and social care organisations in the Black Country and West Birmingham are today publishing their proposals to transform local services.

The proposals – known as the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan – involve making some common sense changes to services so that local people get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.

Andy Williams, Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan Lead, says:

“In the Black Country and West Birmingham we have a diverse and changing population and demand for health and care services is growing and evolving. We need to work together to meet these challenges within a tight financial envelope. The Sustainability and Transformation Plan enables us to do this in a way we could not do as individual organisations.

“Today we are publishing our plans and highlighting the ways that they will benefit local people. This is the start of a conversation about these plans with partner organisations and our population. We will be engaging with local people in more detail as our proposals develop.

“By tackling waste, improving standards and working together, we can avoid a potential increase in health costs of over £413 million per year by 2021. This will give better value to the taxpayer, equivalent to £680 a year for every household in the Black Country and West Birmingham.”

Local people can expect to see a number of changes happening in their area:

Maternal and infant health

  • 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.

GP and community services

  • With an extra £25m invested in primary care services by 2021, an extra 25,000 appointments a year will be made available at your GP practice.
  • All children under 5 and adults over 75 will be guaranteed same day access to GP appointments, meaning 200,000 people will be able to see a family doctor when they need to. This will be rolled out across the Black Country and West Birmingham by 2021.

Hospital services

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • By 2021, over 100,000 people will be saved a trip to hospital for their outpatient care, with more treatment offered in local GP surgeries and health centres.
  • By bringing all cancer services up to the standard of the best, cancer one year survival rates will reach over 70 percent in the Black Country and West Birmingham.

NHS 111

  • From November 2016, by ringing one telephone number, the 1.4m people who live in the Black Country and West Birmingham will be able to book a doctor’s appointment, in the evening and at the weekend, get dental advice, order a repeat prescription, or get urgent health advice.

The full Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Plan, along with a summary and FAQs, can be found here.

Local people will be invited to have their say on the proposals through a comprehensive programme of engagement, beginning with a public event on 6th December at Bethel Convention Centre, Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, B70 7JW. To book onto the event contact