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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.

Staff Health & Wellbeing Roadshow

Our Trust hosts a number of benefits and offers for all staff, and on Tuesday 19th March, staff were encouraged to pop along and find out more about the range of benefits and support on offer at the Health and Wellbeing Roadshow at Edward Street Hospital. Various external organisations displayed valuable benefit packages, discounts and offers that are readily available to everyone working in the Trust, including Red Guava benefits, Estate Planning & Will Specialists, and Vivup.

Staff took part in interactive activities, such as relaxing tai chi sessions and foot health assessments, kindly provided by physiotherapy assistant Sheila Ram and Meg Hammond respectively. Other popular activities that were co-ordinated on the day included soothing hot wax therapies, facilitated by occupational therapist Deena Cass and light hand touch therapy, which was provided by technical instructor Nicky Shilvock.

Senior Divisional Human Resource Advisor for Mental Health Directorate and coordinator of the event Angie Dunkley, says, “The wellbeing of our staff is important to us, because we care about our staff and a happy workforce is better placed to provide excellent care and support to others.”

A massive well done to everyone involved - an insightful event enjoyed by all, and we can’t wait for the next roadshow on the 19th November! For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages @BCPFT.

Staff ‘step in’ to raise eating disorder awareness

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Yesterday, our staff put their best, ‘colourful’ foot forward to raise awareness of their local services for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Monday 25th February – Sunday 3rd March) with an informative, awareness raising event at their Edward Street Community Base.

The theme for this year’s Eating Disorder Awareness event was ‘sock it to eating disorders’ – a notion that the staff took literally, and wore colourful, vibrant socks to promote and raise awareness.

BCPFT hailed as a diverse employer

We are delighted to have been praised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) for having the highest share of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) board members, according to the 2018 workforce race equality standard data published by NHS England.

Alongside Board representation, 29.12 per cent of staff is from a BME background, which is highly representative of the local Black Country population.

Wider than having positive BME representation across the workforce, our Trust has done a lot of work to ensure equality and inclusion is high on the agenda. From offering specialist training, active staff networks and development opportunities; our services are encouraged to regularly review how we can better support the needs of the diverse communities they serve.

“We’ve worked hard to develop a positive culture of equality and inclusion across the Trust” commented Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of BCPFT. “Our communities are changing and we need to ensure we have the right services in place to meet their needs; part of this means having the right people with the right skills that can really make a difference.

“Whilst we know there is more to do this is a positive step in the right direction and we will continue to promote an inclusive culture that supports, develops and gives opportunities for our entire workforce”.

Trust signs up to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

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Our Trust is pleased to announce that it has of today, Tuesday 19th February 2019, signed up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, at a ceremony held at Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich.

The Charter, part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign is aimed at seeking greater security for terminally ill workers so they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. Such protection will give every person battling a terminal condition the choice of how to spend their final months, and the peace of mind to know their job is protected and the future financial security of their family is guaranteed.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Lesley Writtle, said, “We had no hesitation in signing up to this Charter. When people are terminally ill and at their most vulnerable, we believe it is extremely important that as an organisation we do the right thing, and that our staff members should not lose their dignity or financial security at the final stage of their life. 

Trust's CQC Rating and Response

Trust receives mostly ‘good’ scores from CQC inspections but overall rating is ‘requires improvement’

After carrying out a planned inspection of our services during summer 2018, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its report and rating of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The CQC has rated the Trust overall as ‘requires improvement’.

This rating is disappointing.

However, CQC rated the Trust as ‘good’ in the caring’, ‘responsive and ‘well led’ domains, and four out of the six core services inspected were also rated as ‘good’ overall. These were: specialist in-patient and community learning disability services, wards for older people’s mental health; and mental health crisis services including health based places of safety.

In those areas where we have been rated as requiring improvement, we are taking action to bring services up to standard as quickly as possible.

Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

“We are disappointed with this rating. However, we are pleased that the CQC rated the majority of our services as ‘good’, and that the Trust overall is well led. We remain strongly committed to acting on the CQC findings and improving our services.”

BCPFT proud of poignant awards win

The Trust are proud to take home the Black Country Individual Award from the Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards ceremony that took place on Thursday 31st January.

Cariss Evans and Jackie Bott were both nominated for the Black Country Mental Health Star Individual Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution, and positive influence to mental health and wellbeing services across the Black Country.

Cariss Evans was announced as this year’s winner, for the excellent work she carried out and services she provided for Sandwell Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The win was an extremely poignant win because it was awarded posthumously following the untimely passing of Cariss in October 2018.

Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle, accepted the award on behalf of Cariss’ parents who were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony. On collecting the award Lesley said: “The Trust is incredibly proud of the work Cariss Evans undertook, and the recognition afforded by achievement of this award is a lovely honor to her memory. Her influential, innovative work still reverberates across the mental health community today.

I am extremely pleased and proud of all our staff that were nominated for the excellent work they undertake every day. The Trust is truly privileged to have such inspirational individuals and teams working in our services for the people of the Black Country.”

Proud to be Smokefree

With effect from Tuesday 1st January 2019, the Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust (BCPFT) will be a smokefree environment, and advancing towards a healthier and cleaner Trust. This means that smoking will no longer be permitted by staff, patients or visitors on any of our Trust sites, car parks, buildings or wards, ensuring that our community will not be exposed to its harmful effects.

BCPFT has a duty of care to support others in achieving a healthy lifestyle, and provide a close relationship of care, confidence and communication to those facing the challenges of quitting smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. It is shocking that people with mental health conditions die on average 10 – 20 years earlier than the rest of our population and smoking is the largest single cause of this gap.

In the run-up to becoming a smokefree Trust we have been working with staff and patients to promote achievement of their healthier lifestyle and improved wellbeing, and introduced new guidelines and policies to support this. Significant changes include:
  • introduction of smoking cessation training for staff
  • removal of smoke specific breaks
  • the addition of signage, to help communicate the Trust’s smokefree policy
  • job adverts to contain a statement that adherence to the Trust’s smokefree policy is a contractual obligation
Deputy Director of Nursing Judy McDonald says, “Our smokefree journey has evolved over the past year, and we are proud that the various strategies we have implemented are now coming to fruition.

We believe becoming a smokefree environment is an important part of our continuous quality improvement journey, and aim to take a supportive approach to achieve our overall aim of supporting our patients and staff to make healthier life style choices.

We continue to offer training to staff to ensure they are equipped to support each other, and patients, to stop smoking and indeed anyone who wishes to stop smoking can receive support from Health Exchange.”

For more information about smoking cessation support visit the Health Exchange website.