A new NHS organisation may be set up in Solihull combining the borough's primary care trust with the council's adult social services.
Following informal discussions with health and social care staff on Monday, a public consultation exercise will be held in May. People will be asked whether a Care Trust should be established in Solihull, which would bring together community-based health and social care services for adults and provide health services for children.
Anne Dorow, chairman of Solihull PCT, said: "We welcome the decision to go to formal public consultation. The PCT and the council have a long history of working together to integrate health and social care.
"A Care Trust is seen as an opportunity to strengthen further and support our ability to offer services that are tailored to individual need.
"We want to build on the joint work that has already started and we are confident this consultation will allow the people of Solihull to decide whether they believe a Care Trust is the best way for us to do this."
The consultation period will last for 13 weeks.
Coun Ted Richards (Con Castle Bromwich), leader of the council, said: "This is a key decision in our ongoing work with partners which will have a direct benefit for everyone in Solihull."