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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, 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.

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."

Group photo NewA fantastic new initiative has launched at the Recovery College this term, in conjunction with the Trust's Spiritual Care Team! This inspiring new programme consists of visits to local faith communities to discover and understand more about the perspectives and lives of those around us, who make up the diverse faith and cultural communities of the Black Country and also represented in the Trust.

These visits offer an opportunity to our students to experience what happens in these special buildings, hear more about different faith practices, have the chance to ask questions and sample some delicious food!

Student nurses were pleased to be introduced to the Trust’s Recovery College on Monday 1st and Thursday 4th July at a student nurse support session.

Guest speakers, Kerry Wilkes, Recovery College Principal and Recovery College students Sue Ralph, Bal Singh and Simon Townsend spoke to first and second year student nurses to share their roles and responsibilities within the Trust, discuss the various support mechanisms and structures in place for staff and service users and reflect on their experiences to date.

There is only one week left to nominate yourself to become a public governor for our Trust, and to represent the views of people living in your area. 

Vacancies are open for public governors across Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall. If you are a resident aged 16 years or over with an interest in specialist healthcare, including mental health, learning disabilities and children’s community services, why not apply to become a governor and help make a difference.

Service users, families and carers, professionals, members of the public and local community organisations are invited to attend an event to help shape local services for children and young people living with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism in the Black Country.

The event is being run by the Transforming Care Partnership which was established in April 2016 to transform health and care services for children and young people with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism who may display behaviour that challenges. As part of NHS England’s Building the Right Support plan, the programme aims to reduce the number of children and young people with learning disabilities residing in hospital so that more can live in the community, with the right support, close to their home.

Following contact by the media regarding the listeria outbreak in a number of hospitals across the country, our Trust has issued the following statement:

The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that The Good Food Chain Company did, in common with the vast majority of local trusts, supply salad and sandwiches to the Trust prior to Sunday 26th May 2019. Following notification of a problem with some of the items supplied by the company, immediate action was taken to remove all of their food items from kitchens, stores, and staff restaurants across the Trust to mitigate any associated risks.

For clarification, the Trust had no reported cases of listeria, or any other adverse reactions prior to withdrawing these products.