We are the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System (ICS)

Building healthier, happier communities

Our first priority ‘Healthier People’ is about improving the quality of services and placing local people at the centre of their care.

We hope to prevent ill health and reduce the inequalities that exist so that you can:

  • Live healthier for longer
  • Have more personalised care
  • Have access to more digital solutions to support your care
  • Have opportunities for healthy life choices 

We want to work with you to explore the role that you and communities play in supporting local people to be healthier and happier.

The best place to work

Our next priority focuses on our valued workforce. We know that in order to provide the best quality of services, we need the highest quality of staff

Together, we will have a renewed focus on retaining our existing workforce, attract more people to work in health and care locally, and by developing new roles to support integrated models of care.

Our workforce will know that we care about them, so that they can care for you.

They will also have

  • Opportunities to develop
  • Have more balance between their work and home lives
  • And more opportunities to move easily between the organisations in our health and care partnership.

Ultimately, we want the Black Country West Birmingham to be the best place to work.

Fit for the future

Our last priority is about how we create a system that supports the integration of health and care services, whilst making the best use of the money we have.

This priority focuses on the system changes that are required to enable front-line services to deliver high quality, accessible care and support.

Local people will see 

  • New state-of-the-art facilities
  • More modern digital technologies
  • Hospitals working together to deliver safe and sustainable services
  • Local integrated neighbourhood teams supporting your social, physical and mental health needs
  • Along with a new dedicated mental health service provider.

Improving care quality and outcomes for patients

Improving maternity and neonatal services

Improving maternity and neonatal services

We are working with women, their families and the people who work in maternity services to make positive changes. We want to help more women to have a positive birth experience and support their mental health.

Improving services for children and young people

Improving services for children and young people

We are working on improvements to services for children and young people – particularly the mental health support we offer, and the cancer care and treatment we provide.

Improving services for people with learning disabilities and autism

Improving services for people with learning disabilities and autism

We want to help people to live fulfilled, healthy lives, and to access reasonably adjusted care and support when they need it. We want to offer more support closer to people’s homes – avoiding hospital stays where possible.

Better care for cancer patients

Better care for cancer patients

Cancer is one of the biggest causes of ill health in our area, and demand for cancer services is rising. We are improving cancer screening uptake, detection, survival rates and access to treatment.

Better care for stroke patients

Better care for stroke patients

We have already made changes to stroke services across Walsall and Wolverhampton. We are working to improve how we help people recover from a stroke after they leave hospital.

Better care for cardiovascular disease

Better care for cardiovascular disease

A lot of people in our area have long-term conditions like cardiovascular disease. We are helping people to make healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of getting cardiovascular disease.