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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.

Tommy on Tour spreads word on dementia and leading change

tommy talks 1The Trust were delighted to welcome Tommy Whitelaw, a dementia campaigner, to speak to staff about his experience of care in the NHS gained whilst caring for his late mother, Joan.

Tommy, brought his 'You can make a difference' tour to The Metalforming Centre, hosting three sessions with Black Country Partnership, Birmingham Community Healthcare (BCHC) and Dudley and Walsall (DWMH) staff on Monday 4th December.

During his talks, he spoke about his experiences from a carer's viewpoint; the small changes that would make a significant difference to patients and those caring for them.

Among the many valuable messages Tommy shared with staff was the importance of asking 'What matters to you?' rather than 'What's the matter with you?'. He said it is the small acts of kindness that make all the difference to the care our NHS staff provide.

As part of his tour, Tommy is asking all staff to make a pledge; to consider what we can all do to make a difference. Staff are encouraged to make a pledge by visiting the staff intranet. You can read pledges that have been made by staff across Black Country Partnership, Birmingham Community Healthcare and Dudley and Walsall Partnership by visiting the Alliance Scotland website.

Tommy was also joined by Stacey McCann, Head of Nursing Strategy & Commissioning from the Chief Nursing Office, NHS England, who discussed the Leading Change, Adding Value framework and talked about the link between the framework and Tommy’s campaign.

Having completed his 649th, 650th and 651st tour talks with the Trust, Tommy said: “I visited today to share my experiences of caring for my beautiful mum, Joan, who lived with vascular dementia. I hope that my experience can help those caring for people every day – they do such a fantastic job.

“It has been great to meet staff from across the three organisations. We’ve discussed how we can change what good care looks like to what good care feels like and with the welcome I’ve had and the people I’ve been fortunate to meet, I am excited to see the pledges in action with plans to re-visit the Trust in 2018.”

Joyce Fletcher, Executive Director of Nursing, AHPs, Psychology and Quality said: “Having met Tommy some time ago - I felt compelled to invite him to come to our Trust to share his story about his late mother Joan with our staff. Tommy’s heartfelt passion for caring for his mother and his experiences of the health and care system was such an eye opening and moving experience.

“I believe everyone that attended the event was moved and went away with the key message of changing the narrative to ‘what matters to patients?’ and knowing that we can make a difference for improving the patients experiences and outcomes. Let's all pledge to make a difference every day.

“We are pleased that this event was a joint event with BCHC and DWMH and thank all those who could attend as well as who shared displays on good practice linked to the Leading Change Adding Value – Chief Nursing Office strategy and AHP’s Into Action framework.”

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Black Country STP – Economic Impact of NHS Spending in the Black Country

As we strive to design and deliver the best possibly healthcare for Black Country residents, it is easy for health and social care organisations to lose sight of the wider impact our funding decisions can have on the entire Black Country economy. As a major employer and a funder of local services, we make a large contribution to wealth creation in the region.

Economic Impact of NHS Spending in the Black Country has been commissioned by the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and brings this message home loud and clear. The NHS creates more than 40,000 jobs both directly and indirectly – that’s more than 8 per cent of the total Black Country workforce. In addition, by investing in particular health conditions or more out-of-hours appointments, we could add millions to our local economy.

This is important food for thought for the 18 health and social care organisations that make up the Black Country STP. In many ways, the STP is simply formalising existing partnerships and joint ways of working. However, it is also an opportunity to do more to tackle those wider determinants of health – the poverty and deprivation that comes with poor housing, inadequate education, low skills levels and unemployment.

In part, this report is a first step in helping the partners that make up our STP understand how, by co-operating and working even more closely together, they can have an impact on these wider determinants of health and wellbeing. Over the coming weeks and months, the STP will be analysing the data in more detail and using it to help frame plans for transforming care for everyone living in the Black Country.

You are invited to the Trust's annual general meeting

Members of the public are invited to Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (BCPFT) annual members meeting to join the Trust as it takes a look back at Trust happenings over the last 12 months and looks forward to the future on Wednesday 27th September.

The annual meeting, taking place at the Village Hotel in Dudley from 10.00am until 11.30am. Registration starts from 9.30am.

Places are limited. Anyone wishing to attend should reserve a place by calling (0121) 612 8085 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trust research team shortlisted for award

research awardBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating after the introduction of an eating disorders study focusing on bulimia has led to being shortlisted for the Creative Recruitment category at the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands Awards.

Since opening the Opiate Bulimia Naloxone study in May 2017, the Trust have become the quickest and highest recruiters taking part in the trial in bulimia and were the first NHS organisation to recruit the first patient to this study. The Research and Innovation Team have also been helping other sites both offering mentoring to other Principal Investigators to encourage adoption of the studies and supported recruitment strategies for other organisations in the region.

This shortlisted category focuses on the individual or team who have implemented innovative ways of recruiting to studies.

Jo Sawyer, Research and Innovation manager, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award in recognition of our work to improve services using research and is testament to the teams commitment.

“We have placed a growing focus on research in recent years strengthening the dedicated research department in the Trust, to support clinicians to develop, deliver and embed their projects.

“This study has been positively received by patients as it has been embedded within the clinical service as another option to standard clinical care, with many patient feedback being wholly positive of their experiences both in the care provide by the research team and the opportunity to have access to this new innovative treatment.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to work more effectively and deliver better services and will continue to encourage and support our staff who are delivering research projects in the future.”

The winners of the 2017 CRN West Midlands Network Awards will be announced on Wednesday 11th October at a ceremony at the Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox, Birmingham.

You are invited to the Trust's annual members event

poster v4Members of the public are invited to Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (BCPFT) annual members meeting to join the Trust as it celebrates health and wellbeing within the Black Country on Tuesday 12th September.

The annual meeting, taking place at the Copthorne Hotel in Dudley, will give foundation trust members, patients, staff and the public the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the Trust’s achievements during the past twelve months.
  • Learn about developments with a spotlight on our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) services.
  • Learn about our Transforming Care Together partnership working with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
  • Browse health and wellbeing stalls filled with information from an array of BCPFT services and other organisations
  • Meet governor representatives for your constituency
The meeting event runs from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Registration starts from 1.00pm.

Free parking and refreshments are available for all those attending.

Places are limited. Anyone wishing to attend should reserve a place by calling (0121) 612 8061 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrating staff achievements at Trust awards: Past, present and the future.

DSC 6543Staff at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their contribution at the Trust's annual staff awards on Tuesday 12th September 2017. More than 100 staff and guests gathered at The Copthorne Hotel, Dudley for the awards ceremony hosted by Martyn Jinks, Trust Chaplain.

Opening the ceremony, Chief Executive Tracy Taylor congratulated all those shortlisted.

She said: “These awards recognise dedicated teams and individuals in both clinical and non-clinical areas who exemplify our Trust’s vision and values, and go all out to make Black Country Partnership a place where people really do matter.”

She added that the awards would not have been possible without the passion of staff and the incredible generosity of the event sponsors: Absolute Interpreting, and CBRE.

For her dedication to patients in aiding them with stopping smoking and ensuring this was led by patients to enable a smooth transition, Carol Wilson were crowned the winner of the Making a Difference Award.

Expert by Experience, Sue Ralph received the Recognising Our Volunteers and Service User Partners Award for her invaluable assistance in helping set up a series of initiatives across mental health throughout her 10 years of volunteering including the Make a Difference group and more recently the new ‘Co-Production in Action’ workbook.

Apprentice of the Year went to Adilah Hussain for her outstanding commitment and exemplary attitude, excelling within her Clinical Administrative role. 

The Children’s Assessment Unit, was awarded the Working Together Award for their development of a pathway from children that require autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis and with physical disabilities that has seen waiting times reduce from 6 months to 16 weeks. The pathway has helped ensure children can now be seen in the nursery setting or the community to meet their needs.

The Divisional Excellence Award for Mental Health services was awarded to the Sandwell Older Adults Home Treatment Team who in their first year of activity achieved 19.2% over its expected contract target despite having a short fall in staff numbers over the year. With hard work and dedication the team have endeavoured to deliver a quality of service by involving people in individualised care plans and showed commitment to the person whilst ensuring their views are respected and supported.

The Wolverhampton Early Intervention Service were awarded the Divisional Excellence Award for Children, Young People and Families for the professional and personal skills support they provide to vulnerable and underrepresented groups to ensure their voices are heard.

The Divisional Excellence Award for Learning Disabilities was awarded to the Aisha Kauser (Matron) who has been a pioneer in the development of care pathways demonstrating a high level of commitment to the forensic pathways used daily to help empower service users in their recovery.

Receptionist, Valerie Bridge received the Divisional Excellence Award for Corporate Services for the way in which she has demonstrated trust behaviours during her 10 years working at Black Country Partnership while providing excellent front of house support offering an ear for many staff and aiding with great camaraderie around Trust Headquarters.

Staff who had reached the milestone of 25 years’ service were also recognised, along with those who had achieved a range of qualifications and participated in training programmes enhancing their skills.

The highlight of the awards ceremony was the presentation of a Special Recognition Award to Liz and David Gratwick for their tireless work within Older Adult services. Staff joined together in paying an emotional tribute to Liz, who sadly passed earlier on in the year, thanking her for her support in championing Trust services.

Attendees were also treated to a video which celebrated the past, present and future of the Trust, encapsulating memorable moments of the Trust and achievements from a variety of staff.

Closing the awards ceremony, Jo Newton, Chairman said, “It has been my privilege to share the day with you and to hear more about our fantastic services and staff commitment here at the Trust.”

“I am sure we have all seen and felt the care, respect and responsibility shown by all nominees. Long may it continue for all our service users, carers, families and the local community.” 

For more images from the event visit Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Facebook page. You can find out more about our sponsors by visiting Absolute Interpreting's website* and CBRE's website*.

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* Absolute Interpreting and Translations Ltd is a leading UK based International Translation and Interpreting Company providing world class translation, interpreting, transcription, language and cultural consultancy services nationally and internationally in over 315 languages. Absolute is the only Midland based company accredited by three international accreditation of ISO9001 (2009), ISO27001 (2013) and ISO17100 (2015).

* CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm supporting facilities management, engineering and technical professionals help enhance the Trust’s workplace and improve efficiency by providing consistent services, combined with locally tailored, customisable solutions. They self-perform technical services in more countries than any other provider, helping ensure your workplace runs as smoothly as possible.

New outside gym for Trusts mental health unit

mac gymA new and improved outdoor therapies area has been unveiled at a mental health unit at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The new outdoor space at Macarthur Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in West Bromwich, which includes a gym, therapeutic garden and games area, was officially opened in October last year but is now in full use with the summer months upon us.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Macarthur PICU, teamed up with Caloo Limited to transform the previously under-utilised gardens into a multi-functional space.

Staff and patients were involved in the planning and design stages to ensure the work reflected the needs and wants of those staying at the unit.

Michelle Young, Matron, said: “Originally the garden was used as a designated smoking area for patients so it was associated with mainly smoking and not as a therapeutic area. It was imperative that we changed the use so as to encourage therapeutic use of the space and promote recovery. I was delighted to be associated with this project.”

Tom Reader, Clinical Exercise Instructor, said: “The outdoor space at Macarthur Unit was under-utilised and we really wanted to refocus our use of the area to create a space for service users to enjoy. It took 12 months of planning and hard work from everyone involved with the project but the team are pleased to say there has been a total transformation.

“It was designed as a result of collaborative working and works fluidly with other outside spaces at Macarthur PICU which are used for a variety of activities. The design has allowed for enhancing opportunities for activities including sports, gardening and relaxation, harnessing the benefits to mental health and well-being by engaging in outdoor pursuits that patients can continue after discharge as part of their ongoing recovery and reintegration into the community.”