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 West Midlands Strategic Health Authority

NHS West Midlands is the Strategic Health Authority for the West Midlands.  It is one of ten strategic health authorities created on 1 July 2006, to lead the local areas identified as a result of Commissioning a Patient-led NHS.

It covers an area of 5.4m people across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

As the local headquarters of the NHS in the West Midlands, it manages 16 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and 1 Care Trust (which provide community healthcare such as Dentistry and GP services), 19 Acute Trusts (hospitals) including 8 Foundation Trusts, 7 Mental Health Trusts including 3 Foundation Trusts, and 1 ambulance service.

We are responsible for ensuring that the £7 billion spent on health and health care across the West Midlands delivers better services for patients and better value for money for tax payers. 

We hope that as our site develops, it will become a very useful source of information on a wide range of issues, related to health services. 

“The creation of a West Midlands wide Strategic Health Authority offers the opportunity not just to release more savings for patient care, but also to be a powerful lever to ensure that patients and communities across the West Midlands get the full benefits of investment and reform as quickly as possible”
 What's New!

Published on: 02 April 2009

From 1 April 2009, the system for making complaints about the NHS has changed.  There is now a single approach for dealing with complaints about NHS and adult social care services.

 NHS West Midlands does not have a direct role in complaints regarding NHS care.  If you are unhappy with care provided under the NHS, you should first contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) or Complaints department in the relevant hospital or Primary Care Trust.

If you have made a formal complaint to a Trust or Primary Care Trust and are not happy with the response, the next step is now the Health Service Ombudsman (which has replaced the Healthcare Commission's role in the NHS complaints procedure).

To find out more, visit: www.ombudsman.org.uk or click on the 'Read More' link below.
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Legislation due to be enacted by summer 2009 will require healthcare providers to publish their ‘Quality Accounts’ from April 2010, just as they publish financial accounts. These will be reports to the public on the quality of services they provide in every service line- and will focus on safety, experience and outcomes.

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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Dr Sir Philip Hunter CBE as its new Chairman.
Sir Philip was, until January 2009, the Chief Schools Adjudicator, a post he had held since September 2002. Sir Philip’s early career was in agricultural research. He later worked at the Department for Education and Skills and Civil Service College (now known as the National School of Government) before becoming Deputy Chief Education Officer at Inner London Education Authority and then Chief Education Officer at Staffordshire LEA, a post he held between 1985 and 2001.

Sir Philip has been appointed for a period of four years from 1 March 2009 to 28 February 2013.

For more information, visit the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare website on the 'Read More' link below.

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Annual Report 2008/09 have your say....
Published on: 24 February 2009

We are currently looking at the content for our 2008/09 Annual Report and would welcome your views on what you would like to see included and also on the format of the report.

The inclusion of some information is mandatory as stipulated by our auditors and the general content will reflect SHA directors view of the year.

You can email your comments to norma.harvey@westmidlands.nhs.uk


Do you need information from this website in a different format?
Published on: 24 February 2009

Requests for documents to be provided in a different format (such as translation services or braille) should be sent to:



NHS West Midlands, the Strategic Health Authority, has recruited staff working in frontline services in the NHS and social care to champion improvements for people using health and social care services across the region.
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Published on: 18 February 2009

Developing Research Leadership, Capability and Clinical Academic Careers for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals: “Making a Difference in 2009”.

  • What is this?
  • How does this fit with the Finch Report?
  • What is happening now?
  • Keeping up with the latest developments
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Published on: 08 January 2009

Change4Life is a society-wide movement that aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more.

If we carry on as we are, 90 percent of today’s children could be overweight or obese by 2050. We all need to address the rise in obesity for the sake of the future health of our children.

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Published on: 17 December 2008

Following on from our highly sucessful 2008 awards the search is again on to find health and social care staff and teams in the West Midlands.

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Published on: 26 September 2008

The 2007/08 Annual Report for NHS West Midlands, Shaping the Future, is now available on the link above. 

If you wish to provide any feedback about this report or how it is published please email - Communicationsandpublicaffairs@westmidlands.nhs.uk

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 Delivering Our Clinical Vision for a World Class Health Service

Lord DarziDelivering our clinical vision for a world class health service is the report from the West Midlands as part of the 'our NHS, our future' national review into the NHS led by Lord Ara Darzi

It sets out our vision for great health services for the people of the West Midlands over the next 10 years and has been led by doctors, nurses and other health professionals at a local level.

We've got an "Investing for Health Step 2" section on this website, where you'll find the full regional vision report as well as a handy summary.

The summaries of the nine Clinical Pathway Groups (CPGs) are in this section as well.  Full reports of each Clinical Pathway Group are available in the Investing for Health Step 2 section of the Document Library.

Also available are the evidence packs produced for each CPG by West Midlands SHA, the results of IPSOS MORI research conducted on behalf of the CPGs, and reports by Tribal Consulting on the staff and public summits which took place in late 2007 and early 2008.

The original Investing for Health document is still available to view at: www.ifh.westmidlands.nhs.uk .  On this website, you can also access the original Investing for the Workforce  document, which supports Investing for Health
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Adults who retain their 'good' baby fat may be buffered against obesity and type 2 diabetes, scientists believe.
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Allergy shock care boost call
People who have suffer anaphylactic reaction need better follow-up and investigation from specialist services, doctors urge.
Wed, 08 Apr 2009 23:32:01 GMT
Church should fund NHS chaplains
Religious groups should fund their own presence in UK hospitals and save the NHS some £40m per year, says the National Secular Society.
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 NHS West Midlands, St Chads Court, 213 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B16 9RG. Tel. 0845 155 1022, Fax. 0121 695 2233