Birmingham, a vibrant city, the most youthful city in Europe; the UK’s second biggest metro economy. Partnered with Solihull borough, a leading driver of economic growth in the region; ranked one of the best places to live in the country, with a green, high quality environment. Together, greater than the sum of our parts.
Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS) is a collaboration of all health and social care organisations, including NHS, local authority and the voluntary and community sector. Our partnership represents the biggest opportunity in a generation for the most radical overhaul in the way health and social care services are designed and delivered. Coming into being in July 2022, it will provide for the first time a real opportunity to ensure all of those agencies act with a single voice and strategic approach in tackling the inequalities that have beset Birmingham and Solihull for too long.
We have an ambitious vision which is to make Birmingham and Solihull the healthiest place to live and work, driving equity in life chances and health outcomes for everyone. It is this vision which unites all of our partners:
- Birmingham City Council
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- 160 general practices across 29 Primary Care Networks (PCNs), with a further 24 general practices and 4 PCNs covering the West Birmingham area
- NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Birmingham Children’s Trust
- Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
A History of the Integrated Care System
In October 2014, NHS England, the public body which oversees the commissioning (the process of planning, agreeing and monitoring services) side of the NHS in England published the Five Year Forward View, identifying key drivers for change across the NHS.
A year later, NHS organisations were asked to come together to create local ‘footprints’ for delivering the Five Year Forward View and in 2016, NHS England organised the geographical division of England into 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas (STPs), agreed between NHS trusts, local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs – clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area). Birmingham and Solihull was the first ‘footprint’ to publish its Sustainability and Transformation Plan in October 2016.
STPs have since evolved from plans into partnerships and represent a collaboration between the different component organisations, with no single organisation having control over another. STPs cover all NHS services commissioned by NHS England and CCGs. This includes NHS trusts and foundation trusts (including mental health and community services), primary care and specialised services. STPs represent a shift in the way that the NHS in England plans its services, with organisations collaborating rather than competing for funding and services. This new approach is known as ‘place-based planning’.