Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System is a collaboration of public NHS and council social care commissioners and providers across Birmingham and Solihull working together with partners in the voluntary, community and independent sectors to find the most effective ways to manage the health and care needs of our population within available resources and provide high quality, sustainable care for the future.
We want to help our people to help themselves to live long, happy and independent lives, supporting everybody, at every stage of life, to develop physical and emotional resilience to cope with stress and illness and recover from setbacks.
Seeing everybody in our diverse communities as equal, we will place particular emphasis on supporting our most disadvantaged people wherever they are or whatever their needs may be.
The partnership includes three hospital NHS foundation trusts; Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, University Hospitals Birmingham and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. West Midlands Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust is an associate member.
It also includes Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The STP covers 177 general practices, some of which are organised as ‘super-partnerships’ and large federations. Four providers; GPS Healthcare, My Healthcare, Our Health Partnership and Midlands Medical Partnership, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the STP.
The STP also encompasses two local authorities; Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and much of Birmingham City Council. West Birmingham is included in the neighbouring Black Country STP, with which we work closely.
We will also work with our local academic institutions such as Birmingham Health Partners (BHP – a strategic alliance between the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) and the West Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network (WMAHSN), in order to take decisions on the basis of the best available research and evidence.
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’.