News and Events
On this page you'll be able to find out what's going on around the Trust and catch up on all the latest Trust news.
Do you know an unsung hero? An individual, team or volunteer who goes the extra mile to make a difference to patients’ lives?
Our staff awards celebrate staff achievements and gives recognition for all of the hard work and commitment shown throughout the year. So if you know someone who deserves special recognition for their outstanding work, we want you to make a nomination.
Closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 7th September, so don’t delay in submitting your nomination today!
This invitation for nominations is extended to any partners who work with the Trust as well as members of the public.
Nominations are for the following awards:
Click here for the nomination form
- Making a Difference Award - for making an outstanding contribution and difference to others.
- Partnership Working Award - for partnership working (an opportunity for external groups/partners/colleagues to nominate)
- Volunteers, Expert by Experience and Carer of the Year Award - for those who have made a major difference to a patient, relative, colleague or team through their community-spirited commitment.
- Apprentice of the Year Award - for apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their team/work area.
- Team of the Year Award - for the team that has triumphed in the face of adversity, or pulled together to maintain care, quality or performance.
- Unsung Hero Staff Vote Award - for staff who do things to inspire, motivate, support, drive and enthusiasm, especially at times of stress and promote wellbeing.
- Bank and Agency Staff of the Year - for staff whose skills and actions help the trust exceed quality
- Divisional Excellence Award – for exceptional contribution to the work of the Group/Corporate service within our five areas of Mental Health, Mental Health Older Adults, Children and Young People, Learning Disabilities and Corporate.
The MERIT programme’s Electronic Health Record Viewer has won the Mental Health Innovation Award at the prestigious Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network. The Electronic Health Record Viewer is an online viewer which allows authorised clinicians to see details of the clinical history of patients whose care is more normally provided by another trust in the partnership. It works by extracting only the required information from each of the different patient record systems in place across the partner organisations, and displaying it on a standardised screen.
Accepting the award, Shakeel Sabir, head of the MERIT programme, said:
“The review into the homicide of Christina Edkins in Birmingham in 2013 recommended improvements to information sharing between organisations, including NHS trusts, after finding that Christina’s killer had been known to different NHS mental health trusts in the preceding years, in addition to other support services and the criminal justice system.
“The response of the organisations was to seek a means to share key clinical information with each other at a time of mental health crisis. The resulting Electronic Health Record Viewer went live in January 2018, and has already been used to provide care to scores of patients.
“Key components underpinning the development include a robust Information Sharing Agreement and Standard Operating Procedures, supported by Caldicott Guardians and information governance managers in each organisation; strong co-operation between ICT staff from the four trusts, alongside an external supplier (Intersystems) which built the framework; a phased rollout, beginning with crisis resolution, home treatment and acute liaison teams who were deemed most likely to encounter patients from neighbouring areas; bespoke, online training materials which can be viewed by clinicians at a time of their choosing via their organisation’s intranet; and a targeted communications strategy, aimed at frontline clinicians, incorporating written materials and face-to-face presentations.
“The concept is a simple one: to provide clinicians with up-to-date information which they can use to make swifter clinical decisions. We believe that this is a product which could be replicated in other areas, not only in the West Midlands but nationally.”
The MERIT programme team has already given around 20 presentations to teams in the partner trusts, demonstrating the Electronic Health Record Viewer. The earliest presentations have been given to those teams which clinical directors determined were perhaps more likely to come into contact with patients from other areas, such as those working in crisis resolution, acute liaison and criminal justice diversion.
The MERIT partnership consists of the following organisations: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust; Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust; and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust; Forward Thinking Birmingham (since early 2018).
It was initially established as one of 50 Vanguard programmes by NHS England, charged with developing innovative solutions to local, regional and national challenges in the NHS. Since April 2018, when NHS England’s funding ceased, the programme has been financed by the partner organisations.
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to join a national dementia research service by hosting a registration kiosk at Edward Street Hospital in West Bromwich.
Join Dementia Research is a nationwide online and telephone service that makes it easier for people to register their interest in taking part in vital dementia research. People can now register for it online via a special kiosk located in the canteen of Edward Street Hospital.
Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK and the only way to beat the condition is through research. Join Dementia Research matches volunteers to studies taking place around the country and they can then be invited to take part in a variety of ways, such as taking surveys and questionnaires, as well as helping to test new treatments.
The service is open to anyone over the age of 18. People can also act as a representative to register a loved one, including someone who has dementia who may find it difficult to register themselves.
Esther Hutchinson, Researching and Innovation Manager (Acting) said: “We are really pleased to be taking part and hosting the Join Dementia Research Kiosk to highlight the importance of dementia research and provide the ability for our patients to understand more about it and the different ways they can get involved. The kiosk at Edward Street Hospital is a conversation-starter for those waiting for appointments, or enjoying a cup of tea during lunch time, often leading to someone sharing a story about a friend or relative who is living with dementia.
“We are encouraging members of the public, carers and staff to access the kiosk and sign up to be a part of the research taking place. The kiosk itself is easy to use and presents a short video about the ‘Join Dementia Research’ initiative before providing easy to follow instructions to register your interest and sign up to help beat dementia.”
Join Dementia Research is funded by the Department of Health and delivered in partnership with the NIHR, Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society.
Health Visitors at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting Dudley Play Week in July and August to help raise the profile of the service and what it can offer to parents.
Dudley’s popular play week event, which is set to keep children entertained across five borough parks, invites young people of all ages to come along and enjoy a range of play activities on offer starting from Monday 30th July.
During the week there will be group games, sports and stalls. Most of the activities on offer are free of charge.
This year the week starts off at Huntingtree Park, Halesowen, on Monday 30th July, Silver Jubilee at Coseley on Tuesday 31st July. Wednesday’s event (1st August) will be at Mary Steven’s Park in Stourbridge. Dudley's Priory Park will host on Thursday 2nd August and the week will conclude on Friday 4th August at The Dell, Brockmoor, Pensnett. Each event starts at midday (12pm) and finishes at 4pm.
Joy Williams, Service Manager, said: “We always look forward to being a part of play week as it is a great way for the service to promote what we do to the local community while giving children the chance to enjoy traditional activities, learn new skills, make friends and most importantly have fun.”
“As a service we aim to empower families to provide the best possible start in life for their children. We encourage parents to drop into our stall and ask any questions they may have about the early years.”
Participants just have to complete a basic registration form at each park to join in the fun. Children under eight years need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Celebrate the NHS turning 70 this year by holding a Big7Tea Party.
On and around 5 July, people will be getting together to raise a cuppa to the NHS as they mark the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions and the vital role the service plays in our lives.
Visit www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk and search for Black Country Partnership to register your tea party. If you'd like to use your tea party to raise money for our Trust Charity you will also find details here of how to do this.
Big 7Tea posters, selfie props and bunting are all available for you to download from the website to help you to promote and host your tea party.
You can hold your Big 7Tea Party anywhere you like – just invite your family, friends or colleagues for a cuppa. If you are a member of Trust staff, why not plan a tea party for service users and carers?
The MERIT partnership’s Electronic Health Record Viewer has been shortlisted for a Meridian Celebration of Innovation award in the prestigious awards scheme organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network. The Electronic Health Record Viewer allows authorised clinicians to view details of the clinical history of patients whose care is more normally provided by another trust in the partnership.
The other shortlisted nominees for the Mental Health Innovation Award are:
The award, one of six in different categories, will be presented at a ceremony in Birmingham on Friday 13 July, as part of a wider celebration of innovative practice in the health sector. You can find out more about the Medilink Awards by visiting their website.
- Dignio Grasp (submitted by Dignio Ltd), a squeezable, hand held device which a patient can use to register the strength, frequency and duration of panic or anxiety attacks.
- Raising Awareness: Challenging Stigma (submitted by Coventry University), a Mental Health First Aid programme delivered to students at its Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, to enhance resilience and emotional wellbeing and improve recognition of mental health concerns.
The MERIT programme team has given almost 20 presentations to teams in the partner trusts, demonstrating the Electronic Health Record Viewer. The earliest presentations have been given to those teams which clinical directors determined are perhaps more likely to come into contact with patients from other areas, such as those working in crisis resolution and acute liaison.
The MERIT Vanguard programme is an innovative and vibrant partnership of mental health organisations in the West Midlands, including Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which have come together to develop new ways of working to improve the way mental health services are provided for the future.
Are you an adult with Autism? Would you like your voice heard? We want to hear from you!
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working with Newcastle University who have launched a long term study to learn about the lives of adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives. We would like to hear from:
To take part, please go to: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/adultautismspectrum/ and click on ‘Click here to join’.
- Adults on the autism spectrum (16+) of all abilities
- Relatives or carers who can respond for people with an autism spectrum condition who cannot take part themselves
- Relatives who give information about themselves and their own lives, caring for adults with autism
All forms can be completed online.