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Service Lead (Mental Wellbeing)

Birmingham City Council
Closing date
17 Apr 2024

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Job Type
Health / Public Health / Nursing
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Full time permanent
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Service Lead - Public Mental Health and Wellbeing

Grade 6 - £49,498 - £61,269. Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review 

Working 36.5 hours per week

About Us 

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our multi-disciplinary Public Health Division in a Service Lead role.  This is a rare opportunity for a highly skilled individual to join Public Health within the largest Local Authority in the country and lead work that contributes to Birmingham being a great city that enables people to live healthy and active lives.  

The Public Health Division is engaged in a dynamic and diverse range of innovative work at a local, regional, national and international level.  This role will be part of the Healthy Behaviours and Communities sub-Division comprising four teams (Food systems, Communities (including Creative Public Health), Inclusion health and Mental health and wellbeing.  The sub-division works closely with a range of partners and academia to produce ground-breaking evidence and interventions to address health inequalities. 

The Role 

This is an exciting role for a motivated and engaging public health professional to lead on public mental health and suicide prevention in a large Public Health Division serving England's second city.  

Birmingham is a global city with a vision to create a place where everyone can make choices that empower them to be happy and healthy. You will lead projects and partnerships to improve mental wellbeing across our diverse city including co-ordination of the Creating a Mentally Healthy City Forum, strategy and action plan. You will be managing a team and influencing work to improve the health and wellbeing of groups who often face significant barriers to accessing mainstream services. You will work across the division and on cross-sub-division projects.  You will also lead the development and implementation of the Suicide Prevention Strategy and action plan.  You will be providing direction and working in partnership across the city to deliver the ambitions of the local Health and Wellbeing Board strategy. 

Skills & Experience 

This is an ideal opportunity for somebody who: 

  • Has substantial experience of working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in supporting Public Health outcomes, for example elected members and the commissioners and providers of health and care services; 
  • Has strong public health knowledge and competencies and can evidence application in improving health outcomes 
  • Is able to interact with the diverse communities of Birmingham and is passionate about reducing health inequalities; 
  • Has experience of delivering performance and governance arrangements and developing and implementing improvement programmes in line with agreed priorities. 
  • Understands the role that the health and wellbeing board and its sub-Forums can play to improve health and wellbeing.  
  • Has demonstrable knowledge and understanding of Public Health priorities and relevant policy environment;  
  • Has substantial experience of developing and coordinating the delivery of projects in complex and challenging environments.  
  • Has subject matter expertise in the area of mental health and wellbeing and suicide prevention 
  • Has experience in developing staff through both formal and informal opportunities. 

Additional Information  

Interviews for this post will include a panel interview, presentation and task and will be conducted in person. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.  

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the miscellaneous attachment on to your application. This is required for shortlisting. You need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Job Description (criteria within the role context) and Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. Please do not attach CVs as we do not accept them.  

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the communities we serve. Our data tells us that for this level of role, ethnic minorities are underrepresented and therefore we will use positive action to support us to achieve diverse shortlists. This may mean that recruitment times are a little longer, but we think this is worth it to achieve our aim.

Closing date 18th  April 2024 at 23.59  

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact: 

Helen Harrison, Assistant Director - Public Health Birmingham. 


Ref: BCC00001982

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) would be required to hold a relevant Visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

Job Description and Person Specification 

JDPS - Service Lead (MW) Gr6 .docx


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU
United Kingdom

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