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Making Birmingham a great place to grow old

Making Birmingham a great place to grow old

Work has begun on a partnership between Birmingham City Council, the city’s Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Trusts to transform Birmingham’s services for older people in order to make Birmingham a great place to grow old.

This work forms part of the Early Intervention workstream of the STP’s Ageing Well portfolio. Successful implementation will significantly improve outcomes for older people and their carers; will empower staff across health and social care and reduce duplication of services.

In December 2017, a review of services completed with teams across the system by Newton Europe identified improvements could be made and deliver these outcomes:

  • 2,900 to 3,500 older people could avoid acute hospital by the right professionals responding more quickly to a crisis
  • Older people could spend 28,000 to 40,000 fewer days in hospital through improved assessments and prompt provision of the right support
  • By receiving therapy led enablement in their own homes, 2,300 to 4,000 older people could live more independently.

New ways of working are being tested between November 2018 and March 2019 and rolled out across Birmingham by September 2019 and embedded by November 2019.

The prototype will predominantly be in the South localities of Northfield and Edgbaston and new ways of working will be co-designed with staff. STP partners will be bringing NHS and council staff together so they can get to know each other, hear what’s happening in the prototype area and input their views.