‘Transforming Care Together’ (TCT) is the name for an exciting initiative which combines Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

For several months now our three trusts have been working closely to understand how we can combine to deliver care in more joined-up ways, in line with what people need from the modern NHS. The key principle at the heart of our partnership is how we create benefits for patients and service users, and how we can improve services and health outcomes for people in the communities we serve.

Through our collaboration so far it has become very clear that the three trusts are like-minded organisations, with complementary values, each dedicated to the very best patient care. We are pleased to confirm that each of the boards of the three trusts involved in the TCT partnership have approved the full business case for formal integration. This means that the three will now be working together with our regulator NHS Improvement to progress the integration plan, to form one organisation from 1 October, 2017.

In-depth work by our clinical and support services teams has identified a range of benefits and improvements which could be delivered by us becoming more formally integrated. As a result the three boards of directors agreed to actively explore how we integrate as one organisation, with a view to coming together from 1 October 2017.

We are very keen to explore the exciting clinical potential our partnership brings – we have a rare and exciting opportunity for a fundamental review of what we do and how we do it, building on the excellent care being provided by all our organisations.

We have the opportunity to focus in detail on topics such as health and wellbeing; the relationship between physical and mental health; the way we work across our combined geography; our use of technology; our ability to be at the forefront of clinical innovation, and much more.

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We have created this blog so that we can share partnership information, news and stories in one place. We also hope that our blog will inspire you to get involved with our journey. Please get in touch if you have any questions about Transforming Care Together or would like to be more involved. You can do so via our get involved page.