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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.

Trust’s Annual General Meeting and wellbeing health fair

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and wellbeing health fair on Tuesday 24th September.

The event is being held at the Village Hotel in Dudley, and Trust members and the public will be treated to an afternoon of activities and informative sessions from our Trust services and local organisations. There will also be an opportunity to meet our Trust governors, and to find out about the benefits open to individuals by becoming a member of our Trust. 

The exhibitor market place will be open from 2.00pm until 4.30pm and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Our AGM will be from 5pm until 7pm, where the public can learn more about the Trust’s achievements during the past twelve months and plans for the year ahead. A light buffet will be available for anyone attending our AGM.

If you want to attend the wellbeing fair and/or the AGM please reserve a place by calling our membership office on 0121 612 8061 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Our merger, your views

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust plan Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to merge in April 2020 to become one organisation.

The combined NHS Trust will provide all age mental health and learning disability services across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, and community services for children, young people and families in Dudley.

Our focus is to come together safely with minimal impact for our service users, patients and staff. If you are a service user or patient, there will be no change to the current service you receive because of this merger. Post merger, we will look to develop or transform our services where we feel improvements need to be made, and we will engage and involve people in this.

We want to start a conversation with people to hear their views so that when we come together as one organisation this feedback will help us with our plans.

Please complete our survey below and help us on our journey.


You can learn more about our merger at: www.ourmerger.org.

Trust receives windfall to improve patient care

Our Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH), are delighted to announce that after working closely with NHS England, NHS Digital, and colleagues at Wolverhampton clinical commissioning group (CCG), we have been awarded £439K to look at technological solutions to directly benefit patient care across the Black Country.

The bid has seen information technology (IT) colleagues across the two trusts working in collaboration to ensure that technological solutions can be implemented across both organisations as part of the local sustainable transformation partnership (STP) strategic objectives, and wider NHS digital roadmap (LDR) – a plan for setting out how we will achieve the NHS ambition of being paper-free at the point of care.

Achieving Excellence Awards 2019

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Nominations are now open!

Our annual staff awards aim to recognise individuals, teams or services that have made an exceptional contribution to the trust and an outstanding difference to the care and wellbeing of our patients, their carers or our staff during 2019. Individuals, teams or services can be nominated for the awards, choosing from one of the eight categories below.

Appointment of new Medical Director

Our Trust is pleased to announce a new appointment to its Board. Dr. Madhava Rao will take up the role of Medical Director in September 2019, taking over the role from Dr. Jas Lidher who will step down at the end of August to focus on her clinical work.

Dr. Rao trained as a psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India and continued to train as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the UK. Dr. Rao joined the Trust in 2006 as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and for the last seven years has also held the post of clinical director for the children’s division.

Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle, said: “Dr. Rao is a very experienced clinical leader who knows the Trust well, and he will provide strong leadership to the medical team as we move forward.  Madhava brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to his new role, which will be invaluable as we progress our quality improvement plans in parallel with the integration programme with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NH Trust."

Speaking of his appointment Dr. Rao said, “I am honoured to be offered, and pleased to accept the role the medical director for the Trust. This is a fantastic opportunity to help progress the Trust’s vision as we move forward with our integration plans. The board, and particularly, Jas and her team, have made sure we are in a safe place and have a clear path for our future. I will help to make sure we remain a safe service delivering high quality services across the Black Country.”

Our Infection Prevention and Control inspection gets green light!

IMG 0089Infection prevention and control really is everyone’s business as we proved on Tuesday 20th August when we got a rating of green from the NHSE/I inspectors. Together Everyone Achieves More, and teamwork really did play a big part in the Trust achieving its improved rating. A big thank you goes out to everyone involved, but particularly the older adult teams at ESH and Meadow Ward who facilitated the visits with enthusiasm and collaboration, and our IPC team, matrons and heads of nursing who have provided excellent leadership.

Student nurses welcome the Recovery College at support event at The Beeches

Student nurses were pleased to be introduced to the Trust’s Recovery College on Monday 1st and Thursday 4th July at a student nurse support session.

Guest speakers, Kerry Wilkes, Recovery College Principal and Recovery College students Sue Ralph, Bal Singh and Simon Townsend spoke to first and second year student nurses to share their roles and responsibilities within the Trust, discuss the various support mechanisms and structures in place for staff and service users and reflect on their experiences to date.