Castlefield Recruitment are delighted to be the exclusive recruitment partner for Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. They are

looking to source a Deputy Director of Strategy, and the successful incumbent will be remunerated under NHS agenda for change band 8d, with a salary ranging from £78,192 – £90,387pa


This exciting opportunity has arisen as part of the strategic change and development within the Integrated Care System. The ICS is a new creation that brings together community and mental health trusts with acute trusts, GPs and other primary care services with local authorities and other care providers in Black Country and West Birmingham locality.

About Black Country Healthcare NHS FT

Black Country Healthcare provide a range of Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Children and Young People services. The Trust achieved a ‘good’ CQC rating at the last inspection, and has one of the highest rates of staff satisfaction scores within the system. They provide services for people across the whole Black Country population, with some services on a wider footprint. The Trust is involved in a number of collaborative and partnership arrangements, at both place, system and regional level. It operates as the lead provider for learning disabilities and autism, and it is anticipated that it will take on the role of the Black Country Lead Provider for Mental Health from July 2022.


The trust provides the following core services:

• Specialist community mental health services for children and young people

• Acute wards and psychiatric intensive care units

• Community mental health services for adults of working age

• Forensic/secure wards

• Wards for older people with mental health problems

• Community mental health services for older people

• Mental health crisis services and health-based places of safety

• Community mental health services for people with learning disabilities or autism

• Children, Young People and Families community services


The Trust has a staff complement of more than 3500 whole time equivalent (WTE), and it serves a population of approximately 1.3 million people from a variety of diverse communities across the Black Country. It has an annual income of approx. £200 million 


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Working across the Trust and Integrated Care System, the successful applicant will utilise an intelligence-led approach to the strategic planning and development of services.  As the Trust continues to develop as the ‘Lead Provider’ for MH and LDA, the strategy directorate will hold delineated responsibilities associated with the commissioning and provision of a high quality and coordinated whole pathway of care.  You will provide oversight and assurance against the delivery as part of the trusts senior management team, and will develop and implement strategy for the whole MH and LDA pathway in order to meet system wide and local outcomes, including working with place-based teams, in developing and implementing local plans with the strategic commissioner.


  • Extensive experience of working at a senior level within the NHS or Social Care
  • Track record of innovation in transformation, developing new models of care, contracting approaches and supporting innovative provider development
  • Experience of health strategy development and implementation of complex programme delivery
  • Evidence of system wide working and of developing effective networks and strong relationships with clinicians and partners
  • Experience in developing Board-level reports and presentations
  • Understanding of commissioning strategies within Mental Health and LDA

Black Country Healthcare is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

Castlefield may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Please note that direct approaches and speculative CV’s will be directed to Castlefield Recruitment to be included in the recruitment process.

Information For Applicants


Closing date: 6th March 2022

Shortlist date: 9th March 2022

Interview date: 17th March 2022


  • 27 days annual leave + Bank holiday entitlement
  • Annual leave purchase/buy back schemes.
  • Car Lease scheme.
  • Access to Trust health & wellbeing portal – Vivup
  • Staff support networks – Disability, LGBTQ+ and BAME.
  • Access to independent pension advice through the Pension Support Service
  • Real Living Wage employer
  • Anti-Racist organisation

Pension contributions:

  • Employee: 9.3%
  • Employer: 14.38 %

Our Referral Scheme

Should you recommend a candidate not currently registered with Castlefield, who is then successful in starting an assignment via one of our consultants, we will send you a voucher worth £250 or donate the same amount to a charity of your choice.

Candidate Pack(s) & Resources

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Meet the Consultant

Stephen Warne

Steve has 14 years recruitment experience within senior NHS and Healthcare appointments.  His specialism is within Operational Management and Strategic Leadership, He previously worked in the Midlands and London, before moving north to Manchester in 2018 with whole UK coverage.

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