Opportunity to Shape the Future of Mental Health Services – 24/06/10

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, a relatively young NHS organisation provides mental health services across two Black Country boroughs. Prior to October 2008 these services were provided by Dudley Primary Care Trust, Walsall Teaching Primary Care Trust and Walsall and Dudley Local Authorities Directorates of Adult Social Care.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is solely focused on the provision of mental health and social care services. 

They employ around 1,200 staff, cover a population of around 558,000 people and have a budget of approximately £67 million a year.  They provide a range of mental health services in Walsall and Dudley, including: Community and inpatient mental health services for adults of working age; Community and inpatient mental health services for older people; Primary Care Mental Health services; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Early Intervention services; Substance Misuse Services; Criminal justice liaison services and psychology services. Mental health social care services are managed by the Trust on behalf of the Local Authorities via partnership agreements.

The Trust is working towards achieving Foundation Trust status, in line with national guidance.   NHS Foundation Trusts are a key part of the reform programme in the NHS.  They are autonomous organisations with greater freedom to decide how to improve their services and can retain any surpluses they generate, or borrow money to support these investments.  These freedoms mean NHS Foundation Trusts can better shape their healthcare services around local needs and priorities.

More information about the organisation is available on the website: www.dwmh.nhs.uk

This section gives details of any particular expertise sought for this recruitment exercise.  Please read this information carefully and ensure that you then complete the required sections on the application form. This is important as the initial selection will be based on the extent to which you are assessed to have the different expertise required for this post.

The Trust is at an exciting and challenging time in its development and is seeking to complete its Board membership with an outstanding individual to serve as a Non-Executive Director.

Essential expertise

We are looking for significant or senior board level experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercial experience with knowledge of robust governance and private sector expertise.
  • Financial and Performance Management expertise.
  • Experience of developing and sustaining strategic partnerships


  • A good awareness of Mental Health Issues. Please note: current NHS employees/contractors are not eligible for consideration.

As a general principle, the Appointments Commission will not appoint serving Civil Servants within the Department of Health, those who left the Department of Health or the NHS within the previous year, or members/employees of the Healthcare Commission.

Preference will be given to applicants who live in or have strong knowledge of and connections with the Black Country (Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell) or adjacent areas of the West Midlands.