Black Country and West Birmingham Primary Care Workforce

Black Country and West Birmingham Primary Care Workforce

Why choose a career in the Black Country and West Birmingham?

Famous for its rich heritage, the Black Country and West Birmingham is a hidden gem, offering the best of both worlds. Its thriving, cosmopolitan urban centres, with many historic buildings and museums, great shopping and outstanding schools are within easy reach of beautiful countryside stretching all the way to Wales.

Working in primary care in the Black Country and West Birmingham can bring huge personal reward to committed GPs. Our diverse population means health needs are varied and your skills and commitment will be hugely valued.

Our CCGs are high performing and have all been rated good or outstanding by NHS England/Improvement, which could be why we are one of only seven STP areas to be named intensive support sites for GP retention, attracting significant funding.

We recognise that as you grow in experience, your development needs change. So we provide our GPs with support for every stage of their career from trainee and newly qualified to pre-retirement. Working in the Black Country and West Birmingham, you will have access to a suite of nationally recognised interventions including mentoring, networking, peer support and incentives for portfolio careers.

To help with this, the CCGs have introduced a variety of new roles such as clinical pharmacists and physician associates. Career development opportunities for primary care staff such as primary care nurses are wide ranging – we have a General Nurse Professional Lead and we recently have appointed GPN champions and mentors to support nurses and HCAs.

In the Black Country West Birmingham, GPs have a strong say in the development of primary care which makes it an ideal location if you want to shape and develop the new primary care world. But you can also draw on the support of a dedicated CCG primary care team who work closely with individual practices to ensure primary care goes from strength to strength.

We have strong partnership working with our acute and community health Trusts, universities, Health Education England and NHSE providing significant training benefits. We are also preparing for the opening of the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital in Sandwell in 2022.

“The most rewarding part of being involved in primary care in the Black Country and West Birmingham is the scale and pace of change that is taking place across our entire footprint,” says Sarah Southall, Head of Primary Care at Wolverhampton CCGs.

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