Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS) has today published a framework setting out how it plans to achieve its ambitious vision of making Birmingham and Solihull “the healthiest place to live and work, driving equity in life chances and health outcomes for everyone”.
The framework breaks down the ICS’ key priorities and objectives, describing how it intends to achieve them whilst acknowledging the unique challenges facing health and social care services within the area.
Four in 10 people in Birmingham live in the most deprived areas of England, with Birmingham residents more likely to die of diabetes, cancer or respiratory disease than mother other parts of England. The ageing population in Solihull means that within a generation, nearly one in four residents will be aged 65 and over, yet in the most deprived areas of Solihull life expectancy is 12.8 years lower for men and 11.1 years lower for women.
Responsibility for doing something about these challenges has often been fragmented between multiple agencies. The ICS’ framework describes its inception as a real opportunity, for the first time, for all of these agencies to act with a single voice and strategic approach in tackling the inequalities that have beset Birmingham and Solihull for too long.
The framework also describes four key aims which are fundamental to the purpose of the new partnership:
- Improving population health and healthcare
- Tackling unequal outcomes and access
- Enhancing productivity and value
- Supporting the broader social and economic development of Birmingham and Solihull.
It also sets out how providers of health and care will be incentivised to make a real difference in tackling health inequalities going forward, including via a new Fairer Future Fund providing immediate investment to local schemes.
The full Inception Framework can be read online.