Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG –

Where it all Started

The White Paper 2010 outlined how the NHS was to become a patient-centred service, led by the very people delivering that service – clinicians.  This led to the abolition of Primary Care Trusts at the end of March 2013 and the emergence of new clinically led commissioning groups – CCGs.



About Us

Each CCG was subjected to a rigorous authorisation process to ensure it was fit for purpose and ready to take on the responsibility for commissioning budgets. Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG showed great progress through the authorisation process and was authorised as a Wave 1 CCG by NHS England on 5 December 2012.  Since that date further work has been undertaken, and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG was fully authorised to take on the full range of its statutory duties from 1 April 2013.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organisation involving 111 GP practices serving around 535,000 patients across the Sandwell and West Birmingham area. The Commissioning Group is broken down further into five Local Commissioning Groups – Black Country, Healthworks, ICoF, Pioneers for Health and Sandwell Health Alliance – that address the needs of the population on a very local level.

The CCG has its own unique challenges. It has a diverse, rapidly changing population that, historically, comes from an industrial background but has more recently seen the growth of ethnic minority groups.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is simple to understand but more challenging to deliver – Healthcare without boundaries. Our mission is to work across boundaries to improve the health of the communities we serve, and the quality of health and social care services provided to those communities. We will do this by:

  • Giving patients and the wider population the opportunity to benefit from healthier lifestyles
  • Bringing appropriate elements of care closer to home
  • Designing services to meet the needs of the local population.


Our Priorities for the Year Ahead

We have worked with patients, clinicians and partners to develop our five year Strategy and two year Operational Plan. These reports outline our vision for Sandwell and West Birmingham and how we will work to improve quality and deliver health services based on the needs of our populations.

Our two year Operational Plan sets out our 13 commissioning priorities for the 2014-2016. We know that there are some areas where we spend more money (than other similar CCGs) and also know from feedback from clinicians and patients that these services could be improved. We have taken on board your feedback in December, and have narrowed our priorities to:

  • Outpatient modernisation
  • Mental health
  • Enhanced services
  • Stroke
  • Intermediate care
  • Pathway management
  • Long-term conditions
  • System usage
  • Urgent care
  • Community services
  • Readmissions
  • Children and maternity services
  • End of life care.


How Will You Know We’re Succeeding?

Succeeding for us is about improving the quality of the experience received by our patients, and doing this within our allocated budget. Quality runs through everything we do. Quality, as outlined in the NHS Mandate (November 2012), is about:

  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.