18 June 2015

Could you help change the face of mental health in Bristol?

Are you passionate about mental health? Could you be a powerful advocate for service users and carers? Would working in an innovative, unique and potentially NHS-changing environment inspire you?

These are some of the questions being posed by Bristol Mental Health in its quest to find a passionate individual to fill an exceptional role: strategic leader for service users and carers.

"This is an opportunity for someone to take on a new role at the heart of mental health services in Bristol that ensures that service users and carers are represented at the highest levels of Bristol Mental Health," said Will Hall, system clinical leader for Bristol Mental Health.

Mental health services in Bristol have been through some significant operational and cultural changes in the last year. The most notable change has been the transition to the new Bristol Mental Health system under which services in the city are now provided by 18 different organisations, all chosen by the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) because of their expertise in delivering high quality care and support.

"Whoever takes up this role will be in a strong position to lead and influence a truly innovative approach to mental health care which could become a national approach too," said Will.

The role has been graded at a senior level under NHS Agenda for Change, and will be a key role in the Bristol Mental Health system leadership team, alongside the clinical system lead and the senior business manager.

Will continued, "Alongside myself and the senior business manager, the strategic leader for services users and carers will lead a team that focuses on high quality services that are well integrated and continually look for ways of doing things better."

The working environment of the system leadership team is one of quality, integration, improvement and influence, where the focus is on recovery, co-production between service users, carers and service providers, celebration of equality and diversity, and being psychologically informed every step of the way.

The interim strategic leader, Tracy Clack, said, "This is an innovative and exciting role that will help shape Bristol Mental Health services for at least the next five years. This job will be pivotal in ensuring that service user and carer perspectives are having a real influence on future service development."

If this sounds like you, or you are interested in finding out more about the role and how to apply, please visit the NHS Jobs website or contact Will Hall on 07876 475100. Interviews will be held in mid-September.

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