We now want to create a local NHS that builds from being good to great. In July 2007, we consulted on a regional strategy, Investing for Health (IfH). This explains how the NHS in the West Midlands is planning for the future. Health services in the West Midlands have improved greatly in recent years; waiting times have fallen, fewer people are dying early from cancers and heart disease and the quality of many health service facilities has been transformed.
How are we making a difference?
We believe, however that the local NHS faces seven big challenges and that these must be addressed if we are to achieve great health services.
Through the strategy, local health services will:
- Improve quality and safety of services
- Get more people involved in their own healthcare
- Deliver more care closer to home
- Change health services to the changing needs of patients, public and staff.
- Ensuring capacity in the local NHS to deliver high quality and safe care.
- To implement these plans, ten areas of work have been agreed between the SHA and all the PCTs in the West Midlands. We will report on the progress of these 10 projects on the website, and in public board meetings. We will also involve patients and the public in how we measure progress.
- We can make a significant impact on health and healthcare for the people of the West Midlands.
How you can get involved
We welcome your views on these plans – these are your health services. You can read the strategy and related documents are also available here.