Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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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.

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. 

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.

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:
Our Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH), are delighted to announce that after working closely with NHS England, NHS Digital, and colleagues at Wolverhampton clinical commissioning group (CCG), we have been awarded £439K to look at technological solutions to directly benefit patient care across the Black Country.

The bid has seen information technology (IT) colleagues across the two trusts working in collaboration to ensure that technological solutions can be implemented across both organisations as part of the local sustainable transformation partnership (STP) strategic objectives, and wider NHS digital roadmap (LDR) – a plan for setting out how we will achieve the NHS ambition of being paper-free at the point of care.

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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.

Our Trust is pleased to announce a new appointment to its Board. Dr. Madhava Rao will take up the role of Medical Director in September 2019, taking over the role from Dr. Jas Lidher who will step down at the end of August to focus on her clinical work.

Dr. Rao trained as a psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India and continued to train as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the UK. Dr. Rao joined the Trust in 2006 as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and for the last seven years has also held the post of clinical director for the children’s division.

Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle, said: “Dr. Rao is a very experienced clinical leader who knows the Trust well, and he will provide strong leadership to the medical team as we move forward.  Madhava brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to his new role, which will be invaluable as we progress our quality improvement plans in parallel with the integration programme with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NH Trust."