The Sandwell Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) supports residents across Sandwell with their health, social care and community needs. It has been formed to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities for all people who live and work within Sandwell’s rich, diverse and multicultural communities. It will refocus care towards more preventative, primary and community models of care.
The partnership is made up of organisations situated within the borough (known as place-based) and includes:
- Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
- Sandwell Council
- Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Black Country Integrated Care Board,
- Eight primary care networks (PCNs)
- Sandwell Council for Voluntary Sector Organisations (SCVO)
- Healthwatch Sandwell
- Rights and Equality Sandwell
The partners, both public and private sector organisations, are working together to focus on the needs of the population rather than the individual objectives of the partners and their organisations.
They want to put citizens at the centre of their plans by working together, sharing resources, knowledge and information.
These organisations are developing new ways of working together to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the Sandwell population, increase the quality of care provided and ensure long-term financial sustainability of the “place”.
Each organisation within a partnership retains its own budget but will agree, with other partners, how it is spent for the benefit of the local community. Partnerships can design and deliver services to meet the needs of everyone they serve based on their local population. They can focus services on areas of greatest need and aim to improve life expectancy.