The City of Wolverhampton (population circa 254,000) is part of the Birmingham and Black Country conurbation and a gateway between the historic Black Country and the beautiful countryside of Shropshire and Staffordshire. It has good transport links, with easy access to the M6, M6 Toll, M54, M5 and M42, train journey time to Birmingham as little as 17 minutes and part of the expanding tram network across the Black Country. The city's state of the art Bus Station, Railway Station and Metro are all located in the city centre and are all within a short walking distance of each other.
Historically part of Staffordshire, the city grew initially as a market town specialising in the wool trade initially. During the Industrial Revolution, it became a major centre for coal mining, steel production, lock making and the manufacture of cars and motorcycles.
Wolverhampton was granted city status in 2000 and natives of the city are called Wulfrunians.
The health of people in Wolverhampton is generally worse than the England average. Wolverhampton is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and about 26.3% (13,860) children live in low-income families. 32% of the population are noted as ethnicity BAME and white 68%
The ageing population in Wolverhampton is growing. There are 44,000 people over the age of 65 - nearly 17% of the total population. Projections show that this will grow to around 52,000 by 2030. An estimated 10,000 over 65s have moderate or severe frailty, with over 2,500 being deﬁned as severe. Frailty affects this age group in terms of both physical and mental wellbeing.
Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average. It varies greatly across Wolverhampton – from West to East, a distance of some seven miles, life expectancy falls by around seven years. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), along with cancer and respiratory disease, are the top three causes of death in Wolverhampton. Alcohol has a signiﬁcant effect on life expectancy and mortality. The alcohol speciﬁc mortality rate of 20.6 per 100,000 is almost double the rate seen nationally (10.6).
Infant mortality rate for Wolverhampton is 5.8 per 1,000 live births, lower than the regional rate, but still higher than it could be. 27.6% of children in Reception are overweight or obese. By Year 6, this rises to 42.9%., worse than the average for England.
Mental health is integral to overall health and is fundamental to growth, development, learning and resilience. The conditions in which people live, grow, work and age all affect mental health and wellbeing. As of December 2018, 4.81% of over 65s, 2,171 individuals, were diagnosed with Dementia in Wolverhampton. This is higher than both England (4.33%) and West Midlands (4.14%) averages. In 2018-19, 817 per 100,000 of over 65s had permanent placements in residential or nursing care. Over 10% of over 65s report feeling a lower than average level of wellbeing. Only 31% of adult carers who are over 65 have as much social contact as they would like, compared to 38% nationally.
Wolverhampton Health & Wellbeing Together
No one agency or organisation in isolation will be able to tackle the causes of poor health and inequalities in the city. Wolverhampton Health & Wellbeing Together is the forum where key leaders from the health and care system come together to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community, working toward reducing health inequalities and developing improved and joined up health and social care services.
The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together partners including NHS, Local Authority police, university, voluntary sector and others. It’s their job to set priorities for collective action across the city to improve health and wellbeing, including the social and economic determinants of health.
City of Wolverhampton Council
The NHS in Wolverhampton has a longstanding track record of working effectively in partnership with the city council to deliver health and social care objectives. Much of this is delivered through a commissioning team for health and social care services that we jointly fund, called the Better Care Fund, which is managed by the council. Visit their website.
The CCG is also a key partner with the council’s Public Health team, as well as a key statutory partner alongside the council in the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children & Adults Together partnership.
Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT)
This is a major provider of mental health, learning disability and community healthcare services for people of all ages in the Black Country. There are over 2,000 staff working at the Trust who carry out a wide range of roles, working together to provide integrated care and support to all those using the services. Visit the website
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
The Trust is one of the largest acute and community providers in the West Midlands, having more than 850 beds on the New Cross site and 56 rehabilitation beds at West Park Hospital and 54 beds at Cannock Chase Hospital sites. The Trust employs more than 9,4000 staff. See their website
The Wolverhampton Place team will from July 2021 be based, alongside our CCG HQ, at the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH.
The main switchboard for the centre can be contacted on 01902 551 155.
The premises are normally staffed 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 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 Civic Centre is located in the heart of Wolverhampton, with (paid) parking available nearby at St Peter’s car park. It is also accessible via any bus route into the city centre, with the closest bus stops being located at the University of Wolverhampton and Litchfield Street.
Each of our Places is unique and has its own health challenges, which is why we have a dedicated Local Commissioning Board for Wolverhampton that meets every second month.
Wolverhampton LCB membership
Chair: Dr Salma Reehana.
Vice Chair: Dr Rashi Gulati.
- Dr Saumya Agarwal
- Dr Alex Bird
- Dr Erum Qureshi
- Dr Rajshree Rajcholan.
Lay member: Peter Price, Lay Member for Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton Managing Director: Paul Tulley.
The meeting is also attended by local authority and local Healthwatch representatives.