“Helping everyone in Birmingham and Solihull to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible”
Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System has an ambitious vision to empower and support communities, helping everyone in Birmingham and Solihull to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible. It is this vision which unites all of our partners, working together for the large and diverse population we serve.
Together, Birmingham and Solihull has a population of circa 1.2 million. We serve some of the poorest areas of the country alongside some of the most affluent. We are, at once, young and ageing. Birmingham is a growing city that has the youngest average age of the core cities of Europe, with almost half of the population under 30 years of age. Solihull has an older population, on average, with 21% aged over 65.
Birmingham is characterised by its high levels of ethnic diversity, with an ethnic minority population of 40% and a high level of migration into the city. Over a hundred different languages are spoken in Birmingham, and in some wards of the city up to 80% of residents are from minority ethnic groups. Solihull is less ethnically diverse with 11% ethnic minority population. The combined ethnic minority population for Birmingham and Solihull is 37%.
To achieve our vision we will need to make some difficult decisions about how and where resources are spent in order to best meet the health and care needs of the diverse population, not just for today but for the future. At the heart of our ICS are our core principles:
- Early help and support, opening the door to accessible and personalised joined up care whilst helping communities to help themselves
- Reducing inequalities in life chance and health outcomes, supporting citizens to realise their life ambitions
- Ensuring the uniquely rich diversity and culture of Birmingham and Solihull is at the heart of our system
- Bringing the benefits of digital technology, research and innovation to enhance the care we offer to our communities
Seeing everybody in our diverse communities as equal, we will place particular emphasis on supporting our most disadvantaged people wherever they are or whatever their needs may be.