Primary Care is a crucial component of the integrated health and care system. Up to 95% of interactions with patients, carers and other service users occur in primary care. 

The value of Primary Care ensures the key focus is built around Population Health Management and leads the development of care integration at a more local level. 

The nature of GP providers who have direct responsibility for the health and wellbeing of a registered patient lists will need to play a pivotal role in contributing towards and developing solutions for the ICS. 

The Black Country Primary Care Collaborative has been established to promote the interests, wellbeing and sustainability of Primary Care services and more importantly, to ensure that a single voice for primary care is properly heard in decision making at all levels. 

The Primary Care Collaborative Board will: 

  • join together all primary care professionals from Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, including GP practices, GP Federations, Primary Care Providers and Primary Care Networks to act as an expert reference group to the Integrated Care Board around primary care issues 

  • expect the inclusion of other independent contractors as the delegation of statutory responsibility shifts to the ICS this will include pharmacies, optometrists, and dentistry. This extended scope will also include community services, as part of the integration programme 

  • act as a single point of contact for primary care engagement to enable membership to contribute and respond to all ICS developments 

  • develop mechanisms to ensure that primary care can effectively influence all ICS changes and has a clear and coordinated voice when participating at the ICS, Place and neighbourhood level 

  • participate in the design and development of the out of hospital model of care across the Black Country 

  • play an active and leading role in the design and development of the primary care transformation strategy and support the implementation programme 

  • act as the primary care expert reference group for other formal boards and groups i.e. the Out of Hospital Care board / ICS Primary Care Restoration, Recovery & Transformation Board 

  • act as the clinical network for the development of primary care strategic commissioning and the support and development functions that we drive the transformation of primary care in the future. 

  • represent grassroot primary care views and in turn reflect patient and public needs and inequalities in the planning and delivery of services