Sandwell Primary Care Trust were one of a number of such entities operating around the country. It was formed in October 2006 following the merger of three Primary Care Trusts: Oldbury & Smethwick, Rowley Regis & Tipton and Wednesbury & West Bromwich Primary Care Trusts. Primary Care Trusts were abolished on 31 March 2013 as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, with their work taken over by clinical commissioning groups. Sandwell PCT, based at Kynaston House in West Bromwich became part of The Black Country Cluster of PCT’s.
Before their demise the website stated ” The Primary Care Trust also has a responsibility to prevent people becoming ill in the first place and to improve health and wellbeing so they are able to live longer, healthier lives. The Primary Care Trust works with many different organisations to do this.”
Sandwell PCT was approached by the Health Protection Agency to “independently review” their human health risk assessment paid for by Rhodia.