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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.

Research team seeking volunteers for autism research study

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:

  1. Adults on the autism spectrum (16+) of all abilities
  2. Relatives or carers who can respond for people with an autism spectrum condition who cannot take part themselves
  3. Relatives who give information about themselves and their own lives, caring for adults with autism
To take part, please go to: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/adultautismspectrum/ and click on ‘Click here to join’.

All forms can be completed online.

For more details, please contact BCPFT Research & Innovation on 01902 446 724, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., writing ‘Adult Autism’ in the subject line.

Alternatively, please contact Newcastle University on 0191 2821380/5965 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seeking new Governors in Walsall and Wider West Midlands

Nominations are now being invited ahead of elections to find new governors to join Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT). These elections give you the opportunity to represent the interests of colleagues and the public and help inform and influence the future of the Trust.

The Trust is specifically looking for candidates to fill seats in our Birmingham and the Wider West Midlands and Walsall constituencies. We are also seeking staff Governors. Completed nomination forms are to be received by 5pm on Monday 4th June 2018.

If you are a member you can get involved by:
•    Standing as a Governor in one of our public or staff constituencies
•    Voting for a candidate who you feel would best represent your views

BCPFT, which provides mental health, learning disability and childrens services, is also looking for people to join its Assembly of Governors.

Trust Governors are individuals that tie a Trust to its patients, staff and local stakeholders. They are direct representatives of local interests within the governance structure of the Trust.

Governors play a central role in informing and influencing future plans, including how we invest to improve the quality of patient care.  

Anyone who is a member of the Trust and aged 16 or over can be a Governor.

Where are we seeking nominations?


Nominations are now being accepted from people who wish to become Public and Staff Governors representing the following areas:

Public

Walsall -
1 seat (starts from July 2018)

Birmingham and Wider West Midlands – 1 seat (starts from June 2018)


Staff

5 seats (covering all staff groups).

You can find out more about being a Governor on our website at http://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/join-us/, or call our Membership Team on 0121 612 8061 for a chat.


How to apply?


If you would like to stand, please contact Ciara Norris by:

Tel: 0208 889 9203

Text: Text 2FT BC and your name and address to 88802

Address:  Electoral Reform
                 Services Limited
                 The Election Centre
                 33 Clarendon Road
                 London
                 N8 0NW

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you have enthusiasm and the willingness to represent not just your own views, but also the view of the people in your community, or staff group then don’t delay! The deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms is 5pm on Monday 4th July 2018.

What happens next?


Once you have decided to stand for Governor, Electoral Reform Service (ESR), an independent organisation, will carry out our Governor elections.

You don't need anyone else to support or sponsor you nomination to stand as a Governor. You will be asked to complete a simple form by ESR and include a short statement about you and why you want to become a Govenor.

ESR will the pass these details on to members who will be eligible to vote.

Competition calls for creative skills

page one dawn jones projectBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) are teaming up and inviting Black Country residents who have a keen interest in mental health to submit an entry into the 2018 Dawn Jones Art Prize competition.

The competition, which is in its thirteenth year, encourages people to create inspiring artwork in line with this year’s theme: #Thisisme and will give winners the opportunity to have their artwork displayed across the Black Country. 

The theme #Thisisme has been chosen to find out who people are and what inspires them, whether it’s a self-portrait, an inspirational poem or a piece of art that represents the individual. 

The competition was set up by Maureen Jones in memory of her daughter, Dawn Jones, who tragically committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 25 following a long battle with depression.

Dawn Jones’s mother, Maureen, said, “It has been very rewarding to hear so many people say things like they had given up art when they were ill, but that the Dawn Jones Art prize had inspired them to start getting involved in artwork again.”

The competition aims to offer people with experience of mental health conditions the opportunity to express themselves and create meaningful artwork for people to enjoy. It also aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive at DWMH said, “It's so important that we keep this special campaign going as it means a lot to those who enter. Since we started the competition, we have seen such a high calibre of work with real meaningful and powerful messages. It’s great to see how this rewarding competition inspires people with experience or an interest in mental health.”

Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive at BCPFT said, “We are privileged to be involved with the 2018 Dawn Jones Art Prize competition this year. By supporting this competition we hope that we will help raise awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma that is often associated with it.

“Art can be therapeutic for many people and we encourage anyone with an interest in art – whether a beginner or someone who is more experienced – to get involved and enter.”

Entries must be submitted by Friday 29th June 2018 and two winners will be selected to receive a trophy and £100 in vouchers of their choice, along with the opportunity for their work to be displayed long-term in mental health services across the Black Country.

Artwork can be completed using any medium, or combination of media, as long as it can be hung onto a wall. It can be oil or water paint, charcoal, textile, collage, photography or digital art (sculptures must be no larger than 30cm in height or width). This year, we will also be accepting poetry. All work should be accompanied by a short paragraph about how mental health has touched your life and how art helps you.

For further enquires, contact the communications team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also find full competition guidelines at www.dwmh.nhs.uk/artprize.

Trust to be parading with pride in Birmingham

For website tweetingBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be flying the flag at Birmingham Pride this weekend to celebrate diversity and highlight any employment opportunities with the Trust.

Staff from around the Trust including Diversity & Spirituality Team, Human Resources and members of the Trust’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Staff Network will be marching in the parade for the very first time, to support the region’s LGBT communities.

Recruitment staff will also be there on the day to promote vacancies from around the Trust and looking for people who want to help make a difference in mental health and wellbeing within our West Midlands communities.

Emma Louis, Head of Diversity and Spirituality said: “As part of the Trust’s approach to equality and inclusion, we felt passionately that Birmingham Pride, one of the biggest gay pride events in Britain, was something we needed to get involved in.

“A total of 17 staff from across the region and different roles will be donning blue BCPFT t-shirts flying both the BCPFT flag and rainbow flags to take part in the Pride march alongside fellow health sector colleagues. This will be the first time Black Country Partnership has been represented at Pride and we’re very excited.

Tara Conlan, Assistant HR Business Partner/Recruitment Lead, added, “We will also have a stand during the event to hand out freebies, information about our services and highlighting employment opportunities.

“If you’re at Pride and see us, don’t forget to come and say hello to show your support!”

For photographs of the parade and to follow the team’s progress at Pride this weekend, follow @BCPFT on Twitter or search for #BCPFTpride.

Birmingham Pride will be taking place across the weekend of Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May. To find out more about the event and buy your ticket visit http://www.birminghampride.com/

Trust welcomes new public and staff governors

The newly elected public and staff governors for Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been announced.

The Trust now have seven new public Governors, one for Dudley, three for Sandwell and three for Wolverhampton. The Trust are also fortunate to announce that Alan Dean and Mel Passmore has been re-elected for a further term. The Trust has also gained a new staff governor. For further information view the election report.

The successful candidates were elected by members in their geographical area, or achieved a place uncontested. In total there are currently 24 governors who represent different parts of the West Midlands and staff interests.

The Assembly of Governors represents the views of local people to the Board of Directors and advise on issues such as priorities for forward planning.

We welcome all new Governors and look forward to working with them.

Trust supports Dementia Awareness Week with two free events

The Trust will be supporting Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place next week, from 21-27 May by holding two free information events.

The first event will take place at Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich on Wednesday 23rd May from 9.00am-5.00pm and the second event will be held at The Brooklands Health Centre in Wolverhampton on Thursday 24th May from 10.00am – 3.00pm. Both of the events aim to support the week by raising awareness of dementia among local people and signposting them to support services on offer in the Black Country.

Dementia is a common condition, and the risk of developing it increases as you get older. The condition normally appears in people over the age of 65.
 
There is no simple test for dementia and many of its symptoms occur with other conditions, which can make diagnosing dementia more difficult. However, early diagnosis is crucial in helping people to receive the treatment and support they require to live well with dementia.

Dr Michael Ridley-Dash, Principal Clinical Psychologist for Memory Assessment Service said: “If you are worried about your memory or there is someone in your family that forgets things, this event is an ideal opportunity for you to find out more about dementia.

“You will be able to meet our NHS teams involved in the assessment and treatment of dementia as well local council and charity organisation that support dementia patients and their families. It’s a drop-in event, so please come along at any time on the day.”

The event will include information stalls from Alzheimer’s Society and Agewell Sandwell as well as free talks about Trust services such as the Memory Assessment Service and Therapy and Recovery Unit. Plus, there will be lots of fun activities such as a tai chi group session and hot wax therapy.

Dementia Awareness Week is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and aims to raise awareness and offer help and understanding of dementia. This year the Alzheimer’s Society would like everyone to unite and take action against dementia.

Dementia Open Day 23rd May ESH  Dementia Day Leaflet Booklands

Research team seeking participants for Bulimia Nervosa study

Research and Innovation are seeking participants for their Naloxone study, that is looking to see if a nasal spray containing a well-known drug (naloxone hydrochloride) can help with the symptoms of bulimia nervosa.

Naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray is being developed for treating eating behaviours in patients with bulimia nervosa. The aim of this study is to find out how well the nasal spray affects binging and eating behaviours in patients with bulimia nervosa.

Patients who wish to participate must fit the following criteria:
  • Female aged 18 to 60 years
  • Diagnosis or symptoms of bulimia nervosa
  • Subjects reporting at least one binging day per week during screening
Eligibility will be fully assessed by the hospital team.

If you are interested you can contact the team directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and use the subject ‘Bulimia Nervosa study’ or call 01902 446724.