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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.

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.

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.

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!

Our Trust is holding a number of events in its learning disability services across the Black Country this week to celebrate learning disability week (Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd June), and 100 years of learning disability nursing.

Learning disability services are offered across the four Boroughs of the Black Country and staff in each Borough will be promoting their services including: in Walsall members of the public are invited to join in our celebrations by popping along to our event at Walsall Manor Hospital, Moat Road, Walsall on Wednesday 19th June between 10am – 2.00pm. Staff will be manning an information stand in the reception area of the hospital to provide advice and information about the learning disability services available in Walsall.

This year’s theme for the week is sport and inclusion, and on Thursday 11th July our Dudley learning disability service is holding an event at Mary Steven’s Park, Stourbridge, DY8 2AA from 10am – 2.00pm.  This will be an interactive, fun day where members of the public can find out all about what services are available in Dudley whilst also joining our interactive fun.

To find out more about our learning disability services in Walsall, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell, please visit here
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.

EHMental health patients and their carers in Sandwell can now receive exclusive access to free physical health checks at Hallam Street Hospital, courtesy of a new initiative between our Trust and health and wellbeing service ‘Everyone Health Sandwell’.

In addition to supporting the Trust with smoking cessation clinics, the ‘Everyone Health’ service will provide patients, their carers and staff between the ages of 40 – 74 free NHS health checks designed to spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.