Your health and care matter
As the leader of the local NHS, we are responsible for spending almost £1m a day on healthcare for the city's circa 277,000 registered patients. We commission (buy and monitor) everything from emergency/A&E care, routine operations, community clinics, health tests and checks, nursing homes, mental health and learning disability services. As a commissioner, it is our role to ensure that the services we buy from the many providers of care – including The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust – is of the highest quality and appropriate for the health needs of our city.
We are a clinically-led organisation comprising 40 member GP practices within the city. This means that local family doctors can use all their experience of the needs and wishes of local patients to make decisions about local health services.
Our Key Partners
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT)
This is a major provider of mental health, learning disability and community healthcare services for people of all ages in the Black Country. There are over 2,000 staff working at the Trust who carry out a wide range of roles, working together to provide integrated care and support to all those using the services. Visit the BCPFT website. Visit their website.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
The Trust has an operating budget of £374m with 6,500 staff. The Trust recently undertook responsibility for the provision of community-based healthcare services in order to offer more integrated care between hospital and community services. Visit their website.
City of Wolverhampton Council
Local authorities are required under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to formally constitute a Joint Health and Wellbeing Board. This Board must be multi-agency and it must sit in public. The Board is a city council statutory body that draws its membership from a broad cross-section of the city. The Board is responsible for the delivery of a Health and Wellbeing Strategy (LINK) for people in the city. The NHS in Wolverhampton has a longstanding track record of working effectively in partnership with the city council in order to deliver health and social care objectives. Much of this is delivered through a commissioning team for health and social care services that we jointly fund but is managed by the council.Visit their website.
Formally established on 1 October 2012 and called the NHS Commissioning Board, the renamed NHS England is an independent body at arm's length to the government. NHS England oversees the planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the NHS in England. It holds the contracts for every one of England's primary care providers - GP practices, dental practices, pharmacies and opticians. The body also directly commissions specialist services which are those that cater for a small number of people with specialist needs, for example patients needing heart, lung and liver transplants, or eye cancer treatment. Visit their website.