Our Priorities

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Our three priorities are focused on people’s lives; not sectors, organisations or diseases, and will be supported by ‘enabling’ strategies such as improving air quality, digital innovation and making the best use of our many sites across Birmingham and Solihull.

Maternity, childhood and adolescence

Birmingham and Solihull is home to one of the youngest urban populations in Europe. We want all of our children to have the best start in life, from birth through to adolescence. To deliver this priority, we will create a single Local Maternity System to give babies the best start in life and develop integrated strategic commissioning for children’s services.

and work

We know that modern lifestyles are contributing to an increase in chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), cancer and dementia. Unhealthy behaviours are often established early in life and we want to encourage people to think about what they can do to improve their health.

Ageing and
later life

Better healthcare and living standards mean more people are living longer. When the NHS was founded 70 years ago, people lived an average of five years beyond the state retirement age. Even with a higher pensionable age, that average is now 15 years. We need to support older people to stay healthy, active and independent for as long as possible.