Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have announced plans to form a new partnership.
This innovative partnership aims to sustain and improve clinical services, offering greater opportunity and choice to patients, families and carers. It also aims to deliver greater efficiency, improve the ability to invest in facilities, and offer more opportunities for new and existing staff.
In September, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust approached like-minded healthcare organisations in the West Midlands to identify interest in a potential partnership. Those who expressed an interest submitted their bid during November, with the Trust Board making the final decision on the preferred proposal.
Joanna Newton, Chair of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commented: "Our Board welcomes the opportunity to work with our new partners to explore how we can develop innovative new services for our patients and carers, whilst best sustaining our current services. Throughout the process we have engaged with a range of people including governors, commissioners, staff, local authorities and healthcare organisations, to ensure that our plans were well informed and supported. We will continue to involve the people who matter – those who use our services – in helping to shape the future of healthcare for our local communities."
This announcement is the first step in the partnership process and the partners will come together in the New Year to discuss moving forward with the proposal.
Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Karen Dowman commented: "We are delighted to announce this partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, who share our values and commitment to delivering the very best service we can to the communities we serve. This is a significant and exciting chapter in the Trust's history. I am proud that we have faced our challenges with confidence and a clear vision for the future. We see that future as providing good quality, accessible and sustainable services that put patients first, above the protection of organisations."
Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "Our new partnership offers an exciting opportunity to work together in increasingly joined-up ways to serve the needs of a wider population, as outlined in NHS England's 'Five Year Forward View'. We look forward to working together as like-minded organisations with complementary values and a combined vision to improve healthcare for the communities we serve."
Danielle Oum, Chair of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, commented: "We are delighted to be working together to strengthen mental health and learning disability services across the Black Country. Our focus will remain on providing high quality, patient-focused care, and this new alliance will allow us to do so in a more efficient and sustainable way."
Mark Axcell, Acting Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, commented: "Collaborative working and developing new models of care is the future of healthcare, which is why we are pleased to announce our partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We look forward to working together - sharing innovation and expertise in order to develop the best possible services for our patients."