About West Birmingham
As recently as 300 years ago, Birmingham was a small market town on the edge of the Forest of Arden, but the 18th century saw rapid industrialisation and the beginnings of population growth which has continued until the present day. Until the emergence of canals and steam power, Birmingham’s manufacturing base was mostly confined to small but often valuable metal items such as jewellery, cutlery, firearms, locks, nails and screws.
By the first half of the 20th century, Birmingham’s boundaries had expanded to incorporate villages and townships such as Aston, Handsworth, Erdington, Yardley and Northfield; this allowed rapid housing growth to support the burgeoning motor industry and other heavy and engineering trades. Nowadays Birmingham is one of the UK’s largest and greatest cities, with strong financial services, retail and conferencing sectors and a diverse yet distinctive cultural sector.
The West Birmingham Place consists of the Ladywood and Perry Barr constituencies, and it takes in some of the most culturally rich and diverse communities in the Midlands, including Handsworth, Aston, Lozells, the Jewellery Quarter and the city centre.
According to the latest population estimates, West Birmingham has a population of around 259,000, of which approximately 28% (72,000) are children and only around 9% (24,000) are 65 and over. 78.6% of the local population is aged under 45.
According to the 2011 Census, 67% of local residents were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, compared with 42% across Birmingham as a whole and 15% nationally.
The latest figure for life expectancy in Birmingham at birth is 77.2 years for men and 81.9 for women, lower than the England figures by 2.3 years and 1.2 years respectively. Within the city, there are significant variances in life expectancy; for example, life expectancy for men in Handsworth and Winson Green is only 74 years, compared with over 81 years in Sutton Coldfield.
Most parts of West Birmingham experience poorer health than the city as a whole and poorer health than the national average. Some areas of West Birmingham experience comparatively high levels of deaths relating to smoking, alcohol and substance misuse. High levels of social isolation, poor air quality and overcrowded housing are also in evidence in West Birmingham. However, because the population is much younger than average, West Birmingham appears to have low rates of deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, but this does not mean that these are not problems locally because they can take many years to develop.
The 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks Birmingham as the seventh most deprived English local authority. Over 490,000 people in Birmingham live in a neighbourhood which is ranked among the 10% most deprived nationally. 22% of the Birmingham population lives in a household which is classed as income-deprived, but this rises to 28% of children and 26% of people aged over 60. Deprivation in Birmingham is concentrated in a ring around the city centre; Lozells, Newtown and Birchfield are among the 10 most deprived of the 69 wards in Birmingham.
More information about the health and wellbeing of Birmingham’s population can be found here.
- Ladywood and Perry Barr Integrated Care Partnership. This partnership brings together NHS providers including the hospital and mental health trusts, local GPs, the Council, the voluntary sector and residents, with the goal of transforming the health and social care people receive in Birmingham.
- Birmingham City 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 Social Care Overview 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 city.
- West Birmingham’s main hospital trust is Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. As well as commissioning a wide range of services from the Trust, we work closely with them in the Integrated Care Partnership.
- Mental health services in West Birmingham are provided by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
- BVSC is the voice of the voluntary sector in Birmingham, supporting local not-for-profit organisations including many that focus on health and care.
- Healthwatch Birmingham is an important partner to all parts of the NHS in Birmingham, championing the views of patients and social care users in the city, with the goal of making services the best they can be and improving people’s health and wellbeing.
The new West Birmingham Place team will, from June 2021, be based at the Wesleyan, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham B4 6AR.
Please note building 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 Wesleyan is located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, next to Snow Hill rail station and an extensive range of bus routes that stop on Colmore Row. There is paid parking available at the station.
Each of our Places is unique and has its own health challenges, which is why we have a dedicated Local Commissioning Board for West Birmingham that meets every second month.
West Birmingham LCB membership
Chair: Dr Manir Aslam.
Vice Chair: Dr Parmjit Marok.
- Dr Raj Bodapti
- Dr Simon Butler.
Lay member: Julie Jasper, Lay Member for West Birmingham.
West Birmingham Managing Director: Pip Mayo.
The meeting is also attended by local authority and local Healthwatch representatives.