Stakeholder Update: Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

In October we updated you on the position for Dudley Integrated Health and Care (DIHC) NHS Trust following commissioners and Dudley Place partners reviewing future options for services. As you may be aware, DIHC was established in 2020 at the start of the Covid pandemic. Since then, the landscape and NHS policy has changed considerably and whilst the clinical model of care for Dudley is still supported positively by all partners, it has been decided that it can be delivered through a place-based partnership rather than through a stand-alone organisation.

The aim has always been and will continue to be to work collaboratively with health, care and voluntary sector partners to provide co-ordinated care for the Dudley population, focusing on reducing health inequalities and improving the health of the population. Over the last three years, DIHC have worked hard to make a positive impact by working with patients, communities and wider partners, and this work will continue as services and functions transition into different organisations, still serving the Dudley population.

We are now in a position to provide further clarity following discussion at the Black Country Integrated Care Board (BCICB) and final decisions being made by all commissioners. As such, the destinations for services and functions are:

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

IAPT/Dudley Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression

Primary Care Mental Health

First Contact Mental Health practitioners

Mental Health commissioning function

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust - host of Place Partnership

ICB commissioned primary care services, including:

  • High Oak and Chapel St surgeries
  • Special Allocation Scheme
  • Research

Continuing Health Care/Intermediate Care

Integrated Medicines Management

GP Clinical Leadership

Ex-CCG corporate functions

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) staff for

  • Brierley Hill & Amblecote Primary Care Network
  • Halesowen Primary Care Network
  • Dudley & Netherton Primary Care Network

Adult safeguarding

Black Country Integrated Care Board (BCICB)

Designated Clinical Officer function

Staff not covered by TUPE

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

School Health Advisor Service

Childrens safeguarding

Stourbridge, Wollescote & Lye Primary Care Network

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) staff via lead practice

Sedgley, Coseley & Gornal Primary Care Network

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)  staff via lead practices

Kingswinford and Wordsley Primary Care Network

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) staff via limited company

*ARRS -includes enhanced primary care roles that support general practice, for example, Listening & Guidance, Paramedics, Health & Wellbeing Coaches etc

DIHC will now commence the mobilisation and transition period and are working with recipient organisations to enable the safe and effective transfer of our services. Services will continue to operate safely in line with all NHS and regulatory requirements until the transition is complete and there will be no change to how patients currently access and receive services.

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout the transition period. If you would like to discuss any of the information within this communication, please do contact us via 

Mr Matthew Hartland

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

Chief Executive Officer


Mr Mark Axcell

NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board

Chief Executive Officer