Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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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.

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!

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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.

Our Trust has taken heart health to the next level by donating refurbished defibrillators to organisations across the region! West Bromwich Albion Football Club is just one of 12 organisations that has benefitted from the life saving equipment that can improve the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest.

After receiving additional defibrillators, the Trust’s medical devices team decided to restore previous defibrillator kits, with the aim that other organisations within the Black Country have access to the right facilities to deliver emergency on site care. 

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.

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.

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!

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.