To tackle the long-standing inequalities in health and care provision and outcomes, it is essential that local services are better integrated and co-ordinated. The Birmingham and Solihull Community Care Collaborative (BSol CCC) provides a historic opportunity for our integrated care system to ensure that everyone has the chance to live a longer, healthier and happier life.
The collaborative aims be a key vehicle for the delivery of more holistic, integrated care, at place, locality and neighbourhood level. At its heart is a drive to make it easier for Birmingham and Solihull residents to access the care and support they need, when they need it; to support more people to live well in their homes and communities; and to create space and time for clinicians and professionals to provide better care and to have a greater focus on prevention and addressing inequalities.
The collaborative brings together a range of service providers to deliver integrated care for all ages, with decision-making driven by what matters most to people and communities. It will address the holistic needs of local people in neighbourhoods, localities and places, through our ‘CARE’ approach:
- Connected – removing barriers, working together in local places;
- Accessible – making it easier for people to access the care the need, where and when they need it;
- Responsive – providing proactive, personalised care;
- Empowering – supporting everyone to live a happy, healthy life.
The collaborative will act as an influential voice on behalf of community-based care within the system and to foster strong connections between providers. Anticipated benefits include:
- improved productivity and efficiency, though reducing duplication of services and more ‘joined-up’ care;
- addressing historic inequities of service provision;
- impact on demand to services, through the focus on prevention and early invention;
- addressing workforce challenges, through building new roles and skills and developing new careers, increasing flexibility and opportunities for our staff, and widening participation.
The responsibilities of the collaborative will be part of the Birmingham and Solihull system response to NHS England’s ‘Next Steps for Integrated Primary Care’ report (2022) - streamlining access to care and advice; delivering proactive, personalised care; and helping people stay well for longer.
Over the next three years, the collaborative’s work years will be delivered through five programmes:
- integrated teams in neighbourhoods and localities – embedding our locality operating model;
- intermediate care – establishing a ‘home first’ intermediate care transformation programme;
- long-term conditions – improving pathways, self-care and prevention;
- supporting primary care development – delivering the Birmingham and Solihull Enabling Primary Care Strategy and delivery of the Right Access First Time (RAFT) programme;
- children’s community services – scoping the inclusion of services for children, young people and families in the work of the collaborative.
The collaborative’s role will differ between work programmes in order to best deliver outcomes - from lead provider, where the collaborative is the owner and integrator of a programme; to programme enabler, where the collaborative plays a convening and co-ordinating role.
The overarching aim of the BSol CCC is to work in communities and neighbourhoods to deliver more holistic, integrated care. It aims to make it easier for everyone to understand and navigate health and care services and access personalised care where and when they need it, creating the opportunity for everyone to live a healthy, happy life, with better and easier-to-find information about healthy lifestyle choices. Our CARE approach is designed to help us identify and take action to address inequalities in provision of existing services and make better use of our collective resources.
We believe that the Birmingham and Solihull Community Care Collaborative provides a historic opportunity to better meet the diverse needs of all communities across our integrated care system. All partners are fully committed to playing their part realising the collaborative’s vision - for the ‘people of Birmingham and Solihull to live longer, healthier and happier lives’.