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News and Events

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With the year coming to a close and as we look towards new beginnings, we’d like to share the outcome of our vote for the name of our merged trust.

During autumn, we asked staff to choose and now that we have counted in the votes, we thought we would share with you the overwhelming winning choice…

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust!

This will be the name we will adopt when our merger completes.

The Walsall Promoting Access to Mainstream Health Services (PAMHS) team are hosting their annual Happy Christmas Health event on Thursday 19th December at Walsall Manor Hospital!

This event aims to give staff, patients and visitors winter health information in an accessible, fun format as well as promoting their services and exciting job opportunities, including the Acute Learning Disability Liaison role and Community Learning Disability Nurse role.

The team are delighted that they will be supported by their local providers, The Motivation Hub and Midlands Mencap during the day and they will be raising funds for the hospital’s charity fund Wellwishers by having a cake bake sale.


The weather is bleak, and we are now approaching winter. Flu season has come to the Black Country. And who better to tell you the importance of flu jab and how to protect yourself this winter, than our Peaky Blinder’s inspired flu vaccinators, the BCPFT Jabbers!

Established in October, the Jabber’s role has not only included delivering the life-saving flu vaccine to members of our Trust, but also educating staff on the myths and facts of the flu this year, so that they too can protect themselves, colleagues, family and friends from a virus that affects all ages of the population.

Mark Axcell has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust following a recruitment process.

Mark, who is the current Chief Executive at Dudley and Walsall, will take up the joint post at the beginning of January 2020, supporting both trusts through the next phase of their merger plans and beyond.

Jeremy Vanes, Chair of both trusts said: “In Mark we have a leader who will drive us forward as we come together and work towards becoming an outstanding organisation. I look forward to continuing our work with him to help shape the future of the Trust.”

At our latest staff excellence awards over 200 staff, volunteers, family and friends gathered at the Molineux stadium to celebrate staff achievements and Trust successes.

Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle opened the celebrations with a heart-warming speech talking passionately about the outstanding efforts, and innovative work that has taken place across the Trust over the last 12 months, and commended staff and volunteers for their continued care, commitment and dedication. Lesley said, “The staff awards are a highlight of my year and always make me proud of our BCPFT family.” 

This year there were 12 categories of award including: distinguished service award, divisional star awards, volunteer/ expert by experience of the year, and as a tribute to Cariss Evans, a member of staff who sadly passed away in service last year, the Carris Evans rising star award.

IMG 20191205 WA0021The Central Dudley Health Visiting team are really getting into the festive spirit this Christmas, as not only have they decorated their Christmas tree, but have installed a gingerbread and Narnia theme along the corridors where children and families attend for appointments to spread a little positive cheer!

They also took part in a team building event at Leasowes Park, where the team made festive wreaths, shared some tasty lunch and unveiled their Secret Santa presents. They even made wreathes for colleagues who could not attend to ensure the love was well and truly shared!

A massive well done to everyone who was shortlisted in our annual staff awards and attended the ceremony. The evening was a fantastic success, especially as the audience heard some inspirational stories about individuals, teams and services that made exceptional contributions to our Trust this year and an outstanding difference to the care and wellbeing of our patients, their carers and/or our staff. Check out below the final results, and look out for all photos of the spectacular evening on our social media channels!