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Black Country NHS Trusts launch joint vision for the future

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have launched a new joint vision for the next five years that will help narrow health inequalities, boost staff diversity and improve patient outcomes within the region.

The joint vision dictates that everything the two Black Country Trusts do should be in accordance to at least one of the four C’s. The four C’s include:

  • Care – The Trusts will put patients at the heart of everything they do and embed a culture of learning and continuous improvement in order to deliver the best care possible.
  • Colleagues – The Trusts will reflect the diversity of their community by being an inclusive employer of choice, as well as attracting, engaging with, and retaining the very best healthcare talent in the region.
  • Communities – The Trusts will positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.
  • Collaboration – The Trusts will provide sustainable healthcare that optimises efficiency via effective collaboration with all their partners.

The four C’s align with the Trusts’ overall mantra, which is now ‘to deliver exceptional care together to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities’.

This strategy reflects the organisations’ closer collaboration, which is being spearheaded by joint Chair, Professor Steve Field CBE and Professor David Loughton CBE.

The two organisations began working more closely together after Professor David Loughton CBE undertook the role of Interim Chief Executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust in April 2021, before eventually becoming Group Chief Executive a year later.

Professor David Loughton CBE said: “This is our first joint vision since we started working closely together. So far, the closer working has proven to have many benefits for our communities, and we hope to strengthen that.

“A vision is more than a few words – it reflects our aspirations, helps to guide our planning, supports our decision making, prioritises our resources and aims to attract new colleagues. We have a lot to be proud of and to be excited by. We have two fantastic Trusts working hard to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“There are lots of significant opportunities ahead, including new facilities and services. These will support our ambitions to become a leading digitally enabled teaching organisation that delivers great care to our patients.

“This new chapter enables us to work together to provide the best care for the Black Country population.”

Professor Steve Field CBE added: “The strategy covers an extraordinary time in the history of the NHS as it continues to be heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As well as continuing to meet the changing demands of COVID-19, we are also committed to recovering our services – specifically the waiting lists for planned care. The challenge in doing so cannot be underestimated. This strategy helps form our plans for the next five years.”

To read the Trusts’ joint strategy, click here.

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