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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.

Our Trust is pleased to announce the launch of our new Sandwell Healthy Minds service on Tuesday 1st October.

The service is for anyone living in Sandwell or registered with a Sandwell GP, aged 16 and over who is looking for support with a range of common mental health issues. The service delivers talking therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy and counselling.

Additionally the service allows access to a wide range of group provisions, which will be delivered in various venues across the borough. Some of the areas for which help and support will be provided include: depression; phobias; stress; low self-esteem; bereavement, anger issues and much more.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) are delighted to announce the appointment of Jeremy Vanes as their Chair.

BCPFT and DWMH are currently working to become one trust by Spring 2020.

Jeremy will take up his role from Tuesday 1st October and will continue as chair of the merged Trust when the process is completed.

Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both Trusts having spent his 29 year career within health services, public services and the voluntary sector.

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.

Partnership working is a fundamental element to our organisation and has become a prevalent priority in the last few months, as it is a significant theme in our Quality First Framework and will aid our merger journey with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust (DWMH).We are already making positive leaps in our merger journey, and this progress will only continue to grow in the coming months, as commencing from the 25th September, our Trust and DWMH will be part of the first ever joint Quality Improvement Programme.

We’re pleased to confirm this new development and we not only look forward to working together on joint projects but also see them flourish and evolve. We hope that the programme will support us in getting to know more about each other’s services, as well as learning about improvement methods, as we work together to solve problems. 

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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.

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.

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.