Our Plan

Our vision

Birmingham, a vibrant city, the most youthful core 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. A place that attracts talent from around the world, as well as developing our own. A place of creativity, connectivity and culture. A place of knowledge, know-how and education, with six universities in one city. A legacy and a future in sporting excellence. A place with fast new transport links and technological possibilities. A place that led the way in the industrial age and will do so again in the digital era. Innovative, inventive and international. A place for economic growth and social mobility.

Our Values

We want to help our people to live long, fulfilling and independent lives. Public services will complement individual and community effort, supporting people to develop physical and emotional resilience and to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

We want to reduce inequalities in health and wellbeing across our diverse communities in Birmingham and Solihull. We will offer people the right care, in the right place and at the right time, regardless of where they live. We want to promote inclusive communities, reducing social isolation, as well as valuing mental health equally with physical health.

Many of the problems of health and social care exist at the often complex links between separate organisations, services or professionals. People trying to navigate our health and social care system will not have to tell their story many times over because the system will be ‘joined up’.

People’s incomes are closely linked to their health and life prospects. We want to contribute to economic growth and stable employment in Birmingham and Solihull by supporting our people and communities to be active, healthy and positive.

When we act collectively, we have the potential to deliver social and economic benefits outside of the health and social care system. We will be role models who provide leadership in important areas, such as how we affect our environment, how we care for our many staff, how we tackle inequalities and the impact we have on people’s diet and activity.

Our approach

We will encourage and help people across Birmingham and Solihull to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing from a young age. We want babies to have the best start in life; to have a healthy and happy transition through childhood and adolescence; to live well through adulthood; to age well; and, when the time comes, for people to have their wishes respected and to have a good death.

All of this requires a much more ‘joined up’ approach to health and care, as well as wider public services. Our approach to integration means closing the big gaps between health and social care; mental and physical health; primary and secondary care; citizens and services; advantaged and disadvantaged.

Our challenges

Advances in care mean that more people are living longer and often with complex needs. While this is an achievement to be celebrated, it means more people requiring support from both health and social care services.

Health and adult social care services in England have traditionally been funded, administered and accessed separately. Health has been provided free at the point of use through the National Health Service, while local authorities have provided means-tested social care to local people. The complicated question of how to get health and social care services to work better together and provide people with more care in more places outside hospital has been a topic of national debate for decades.

Our strengths

Greater integration improves the experience for our patients and people who use social care services by putting the person who needs care at the centre of how that care is organised locally. It also saves public money by reducing unnecessary emergency hospital admissions and delayed transfer of care (where a person is declared medically fit to leave hospital but a proper package of care outside of hospital has not yet been agreed).

We aim to continuously improve the quality of care that people experience; and we will become more efficient in how we use public resources. As the health and social care organisations of Birmingham and Solihull, we are major regional employers. When we act collectively, we have the potential to deliver social and economic benefits outside of the health and social care system.