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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.

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.

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.”

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..

Patients to benefit from work with wellbeing charity

Patients at Penn Hospital are set to benefit from a collaborative working arrangement with health and wellbeing charity, Kaleidoscope plus group to aid continued recovery in the community. The drop-in sessions will provide a visual link with a facilitator from Kaleidoscope plus group and a friendly face from the occupational therapy team at Penn hospital which aims to help soften the anxieties of attending new groups in the community.

The sessions will allow patients to register with Kaleidoscope plus group which will enable them to start accessing groups as soon as they can. The session are also used as an informative group to make service users aware of what groups are within the Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.

Zoe Murphy, Occupational Therapy Instructor-Exercise said: “After seeing how well the relationship between Sandwell Kaleidoscope plus group worked for services users at Hallam Street Hospital, when I moved to Penn Hospital in early 2015 I quickly made it my mission to create the same links for patients in Wolverhampton.

“Initially Kaleidoscope plus group agreed to come onto Penn site to hold a drop in group for in patient service users, initially this was once a month, it is now been held bi-monthly. This is to try and establish a link for service users on discharge and to advertise that there are other services out there who can offer supportive groups away from Penn hospital which are free, accessible and safe. The end goal in mind would to hopefully help build service users confidence, interpersonal skills, coping mechanisms etc. Therefore hopefully reduce the reoccurring hospital admissions.

“The response we have had so far has been very positive from patients and we’re looking forward to seeing where the collaborative working can take us.”

Kaleidoscope plus group is a leading health and wellbeing charity providing services to promote positive mental health. They host a series of community activities such as knitting groups, sports activities, mindfulness walks, and managing emotion sessions. They also hold weekend activities like cinema visits, pub lunches and day trips to aid with recovery and relationship building.

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..

Trust Health Visitors support Dudley Play Week

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 31st 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 31st July, Silver Jubilee at Coseley on Tuesday 1st August. Wednesday’s event (2nd August) will be at Mary Steven’s Park in Stourbridge. Dudley's Priory Park will host on Thursday 3rd August and the week will conclude on Friday 4th August at The Dell, Brockmoor, Pensnett. Each event starts at noon and finishes at 4pm.

Joy Williams, Service Manager, said: “Play week is always hugely popular and sees thousands of children and families come along to enjoy the activities on offer. It’s a great way for children 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.

For more information visit www.sycamoreadventure.co.uk, call 01384 813755 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.