The development of Midland Met provides the chance to transform healthcare in our communities.

As you’d expect, the new hospital will provide modern facilities to treat patients and it will act as a catalyst for growth in the immediate surrounding areas. It signifies an era of change in what was once the heart of the industrial West Midlands.

A collaborative partnership is underway between Birmingham City Council and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, working with West Midlands Combined Authority, Homes England, the Canal & River Trust, and our Trust to regenerate what is known as the Smethwick to Birmingham corridor.

Our ambition is to create positive change in the neighbourhoods surrounding Midland Met. One of the benefits of developing this corridor will hopefully be reduced traffic using the roads. It should lead to better air quality and the reintroduction of more green space across the area. Midland Metropolitan University Hospital provides a chance to help revive the area, supporting a healthy community for those who already live here and those who will choose to live, work and visit.

It may only be the beginning of this journey, but our flagship hospital will be integral to these plans. We have also recently secured funding, in partnership with education providers and others, to develop a learning campus onsite at Midland Met. It will bring new learning opportunities and help us train the next generation of healthcare professionals from the communities we proudly serve. Using the expertise of our learning and development team, and working together with our communities, we will help individuals to access training, development and employment opportunities.