NEW roles are being introduced at GP surgeries across the Black Country, in a bid to free up doctors. 

Mental Health Practitioners, also referred to as First Contact Mental Health Practitioners, act as the first point of contact for adults facing mild to moderate mental health concerns, aiming to reduce the need to see a GP and ensuring that people receive timely care to suit their needs.

This specialist role has been embedded into GP practices across the Black Country.

It is a collaborative effort funded and facilitated by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and participating GPs as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme.

Laura Brookes, Associate Director of Partnerships at Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Introducing these new roles to support individuals with mental health concerns across the Black Country will establish a more integrated approach, ensuring timely support that is conveniently close to home."

The initiative seeks to develop and transform local community mental health support, empowering individuals with greater choice and control over their care.