Wolverhampton: the caring city
Health and social care are major employers in the City of Wolverhampton and very much part of the city’s growth agenda. The direct and indirect economic contribution of the sector is estimated to be £250 million.
Over 130 establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission provide adult social care services in Wolverhampton. According to current data, there are around 7,500 people employed in adult care working in the City of Wolverhampton in these establishments as well as those employed directly by people receiving Direct Payments and around 1,000 employed by the City Council itself.
The health sector is also a major employer through the NHS working in the City of Wolverhampton. Over 8,000 staff are employed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and a proportion of the 2,000 staff of the Black Country NHS Partnership Trust practice in the city. Many are also employed at the private Nuffield Health Hospital in the Tettenhall area of the city.
Services and business opportunities may range from high-tech medical equipment, telecare and telehealth to the direct provision of health and social care services and support. To allow people to live the independent lives they want a range of equipment and technologies are encouraged.
Market Position Statements outline the direction in which the city sees opportunity for the adults and childrens sectors to develop.
Supporting people to improve their health and staying healthy are also key aspirations for the city and a range of lifestyle services are provided. For more information visit the Wolverhampton Information Directory (WIN)
The West Midlands Care Association is the trade organisation for independent sector care providers in the West Midlands region.
Local care businesses, care training providers and the City of Wolverhampton are committed to promoting careers into care. We have established a programme together to make this happen. It focusses on recruitment, retention and replacement as long-serving staff retire. We have analysed the contribution which the local care workforce makes to the economy in the city. Adult Social Care alone is estimated by colleagues at Skills for Care – a national care workforce organisation – as contributing £250 million a year. We know that care is a growth area due to the increasing numbers of older people; better health care resulting in people living with long-term care conditions; and more inclusion of people with a range of needs in the local community and economy. The significance of this contribution is shown in the Care and the Local Economy report (PDF 2.7Mb).