Referenced in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Dudelei, Dudley is a Metropolitan Borough formed in 1974.
Located on the edge of the West Midlands conurbation, Dudley is at the heart of the Black Country, which also includes the neighbouring boroughs of Sandwell and Walsall and the city of Wolverhampton.
With a rich cultural and industrial heritage, the Borough is predominantly urban in character, but rather than having one primary centre there are four main towns interspersed with smaller towns and urban villages. This has given rise to a very local feel that is a feature of the Borough’s communities.
The main town centres are: Dudley towards the north of the Borough, Stourbridge in the southwest, Halesowen in the southeast and Brierley Hill near the centre. The nationally renowned Merry Hill Shopping Centre and the Waterfront business and leisure complex now form part of Brierley Hill town centre.
According to the latest population estimates from the Office of National Statistics, the borough has a population of around 320,600, of which 18.2% of the population are aged under 15 and 20.3% are 65 and over. The population has been growing at a modest but sustained rate in recent years, with 15,800 more people in the Borough now compared to the estimate in 1998.
The population is expected to increase to more than 334,300 by 2038, an increase of 4.3%. Older age groups are expected to undergo the largest increase in numbers over the time period.
According to the 2011 Census, 88.5% of the Borough population is White British. Dudley has become more ethnically diverse since 2001, when this figure was 92.5%. Asian groups constitute 6.1% of the population, with the largest individual groups in the Borough being Pakistani (3.3%) and Indian (1.8%). In addition, 1.8% of people are from mixed ethnic groups, 1.5% Black ethnic groups and a further 1.5% from White groups other than British.
Further information is available through the “All About Dudley Borough” website
The latest figure for life expectancy at birth for men in Dudley Borough is 79 years, just over half a year less than the England figure of 79.6 years. For women life expectancy is 82.8 years, marginally lower than the national figure of 83.2 (2016-18 three-year average). The 2011 Census shows that 78.2% of the Borough population consider themselves to be in ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’ health. The corresponding figures for males and females are 79.5% and 76.9% respectively.
Dudley Borough is ranked as the 104th most deprived of the 317 local authority districts in England (where 1 is most deprived), ranking it as less deprived than five of the other six districts in the West Midlands conurbation. While this suggests Dudley has relatively low deprivation for an urban area, it masks a disparity in levels of deprivation across the Borough.
The latest national Index of Multiple Deprivation from 2019 showed that 28.1% of the Dudley borough population live in areas in the 20% most deprived in England. These are principally found in a zone covering Dudley, Pensnett, Netherton and Brierley Hill, but also include parts of Coseley, Lye, Halesowen and Stourbridge.
- Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC) - Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC) is Dudley’s Integrated Care Provider developed following a procurement process in 2017/18.
Subject to approval by NHS England and NHS Improvement DIHC will be the first organisation in the country to hold the national Integrated Care Provider contract, due to commence on 1 April 2022.
DIHC will bring together a range of community, primary and secondary care services, including some services commissioned by our Council public health partners, into a single organisation solely serving the population of Dudley and accountable for meeting a set of health and care outcomes.
- Dudley Council - We work very closely with the Council through the Health and Wellbeing Board, a statutory committee made up of councillors, local GPs and Council officers that has the remit of addressing local health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities.
The Council also has an important role in holding the local NHS to account through its Health and Adult Social Care Health and Scrutiny Committee.
We work side by side with the Council’s public health team, with a shared goal of reducing inequality and improving people’s health across the borough.
Forging a Future for all is the Borough’s vision for Dudley, led by the Forging the Future Partnership.
- Dudley’s hospital and community services provider is Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
- Mental health services in Dudley are provided by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who also provide learning disability and children's services.
- Dudley CVS is the voice of the voluntary sector in Dudley, supporting local not-for-profit organisations including many that focus on health and care.
- Healthwatch Dudley is an important partner to the NHS in Dudley, championing the views of patients and social care users in Dudley, with the goal of making services the best they can be and improving people’s health and wellbeing.
The Dudley Place team is based at Brierley Hill Health & Social Care Centre, Venture Way, Brierley Hill DY5 1RU.
The centre telephone number is 01384 321 222.
The premises are normally staffed 8.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm Saturdays. Please note opening times may vary according to local COVID-19 restrictions. Until further notice, anyone visiting the centre must wear a face covering unless medically exempt, use the hand gel provided on entry and maintain social distancing at all times.
The centre is next to the Merry Hill Centre and is accessible from a number of local routes, however parking is limited. Buses 2, 6 and 11/11A stop within walking distance of the centre.
Each of our Places is unique and has its own health challenges, which is why we have a dedicated Local Commissioning Board for Dudley that meets every second month.
Dudley LCB membership
Chair: Dr Ruth Edwards.
Vice Chair: Dr Mohit Mandiratta.
- Dr Rebecca Evans
- Dr Girish Narasimhan
- Dr Farrah Wakil
- Dr Rebecca Willetts.
Lay member: Helen Mosley, Lay Member for Dudley.
Dudley Managing Director: Neill Bucktin.
The meeting is also attended by local authority and local Healthwatch representatives.