Regeneration

Our regeneration workstream is working towards making Sandwell and West Birmingham a better place to live and work.

The regeneration workstream seeks to reduce long term demand on the NHS and social care by looking at the many factors that impact on a patient’s health and wellbeing such as employment, housing, benefits and lifestyle.

This workstream is looking to:

  • Improve the average household income in Smethwick/Ladywood by attracting higher income home owners
  • Reduce the number of young people in Smethwick/Ladywood not in education employment or training
  • Increase the number of local people eating a healthy diet
  • Increase the amount the health sector spend going into the local economy
  • Increase the amount of community and voluntary sector activity that is supported by the health service
  • Increase participation in active travel (walking/cycling) and public transport.

Regeneration is an important part of our Right Care Right Here programme. To enable Midland Met Hospital to be a success, we know we need to have the right support (both health and social) in the local community. As a result, many of the activities in this workstream are currently heavily focused on the area surrounding the new hospital including Smethwick and Ladywood. This area is also one the areas with the highest levels of deprivation in the UK.

At the heart of this workstream is building better links and opportunities for joint working between community and statutory services. We want to utilise and enhance the existing networks and schemes already in place in these local communities.

As our plans are developed, and we start to see new schemes being rolled out we will keep you updated in this section.