bcplogo trans 35px
headerimages aboutus

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.

Ward staff making memories for patients

Staff on Abbey Ward, Hallan Street Hospital have been making memories for one of their patients.

A resourceful member of staff, as he has done in previous years, was able to source free tickets for the West Bromwich Albion football match against Stoke on Saturday 1st September.  Staff selected a patient that had never previously experienced seeing a live football match before, and the lucky winner was Glenn.

Glenn said. “This is a once in a live time experience for me and I feel so lucky to have been chosen, I’m grateful to all the staff for giving me this opportunity.”

Kay Perry, Ward Manager said, “Staff are always looking out for opportunities to enhance the experience of patients on the ward.  Glenn had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Baggies win the match.  It really is a memory that he isn't going to forget for a long time."

 

 

Trust's Annual General and Members Meeting

The Trust's Annual General and Members Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 4.30pm – 6.30pm with refreshments available from 4pm.


The venue is The Millichip Suite, West Bromwich Albion, The Hawthorns, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, B71 4LF.  Come along and join us to hear about what has been happening over the last 12 months, and also take a forward look to the future. To book your place contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MERIT programme wins award

MERIT AWARD WINThe MERIT programme’s Electronic Health Record Viewer has won the Mental Health Innovation Award at the prestigious Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.  The Electronic Health Record Viewer is an online viewer which allows authorised clinicians to see details of the clinical history of patients whose care is more normally provided by another trust in the partnership.  It works by extracting only the required information from each of the different patient record systems in place across the partner organisations, and displaying it on a standardised screen.

Accepting the award, Shakeel Sabir, head of the MERIT programme, said:

“The review into the homicide of Christina Edkins in Birmingham in 2013 recommended improvements to information sharing between organisations, including NHS trusts, after finding that Christina’s killer had been known to different NHS mental health trusts in the preceding years, in addition to other support services and the criminal justice system.

“The response of the organisations was to seek a means to share key clinical information with each other at a time of mental health crisis.  The resulting Electronic Health Record Viewer went live in January 2018, and has already been used to provide care to scores of patients.

“Key components underpinning the development include a robust Information Sharing Agreement and Standard Operating Procedures, supported by Caldicott Guardians and information governance managers in each organisation; strong co-operation between ICT staff from the four trusts, alongside an external supplier (Intersystems) which built the framework; a phased rollout, beginning with crisis resolution, home treatment and acute liaison teams who were deemed most likely to encounter patients from neighbouring areas; bespoke, online training materials which can be viewed by clinicians at a time of their choosing via their organisation’s intranet; and a targeted communications strategy, aimed at frontline clinicians, incorporating written materials and face-to-face presentations.

“The concept is a simple one: to provide clinicians with up-to-date information which they can use to make swifter clinical decisions.  We believe that this is a product which could be replicated in other areas, not only in the West Midlands but nationally.”

The MERIT programme team has already given around 20 presentations to teams in the partner trusts, demonstrating the Electronic Health Record Viewer.  The earliest presentations have been given to those teams which clinical directors determined were perhaps more likely to come into contact with patients from other areas, such as those working in crisis resolution, acute liaison and criminal justice diversion.

The MERIT partnership consists of the following organisations: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust; Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust; and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust; Forward Thinking Birmingham (since early 2018).

It was initially established as one of 50 Vanguard programmes by NHS England, charged with developing innovative solutions to local, regional and national challenges in the NHS.  Since April 2018, when NHS England’s funding ceased, the programme has been financed by the partner organisations.

Walking Out of Darkness to support World Mental Health Day

The Birmingham ‘Walking Out of Darkness’ event, taking  place on Sunday 7th October, is one of several held across the country to raise awareness of mental health.

Last year a group of staff walked in support of the cause, and this year, particularly as the walk takes place so close to World Mental Health Day, we want to encourage even more staff, colleagues and friends to come together as a united group from across the Trust to help raise awareness of mental health and reduce associated mental health stigma.

This year we are also encouraging staff, colleagues and friends who walk to think about sponsorship for their efforts, the proceeds of which will be used for the benefit of our patients.

Starting and finishing at Victoria Square in Birmingham, the 10K walk, around the city centre and parts of the city’s canal network, starts at 11am but the event itself starts at 10am with speakers booked to address walkers and the general public. 

If you would like to make a donation to this great cause please visit the Trust's My Donation page: http://mydonate.bt.com/events/walking-out-of-darkness/474316



Health Visiting team to support Dudley Play Week

Dudley Play week 2018Health Visitors at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting Dudley Play Week in July and August to help raise the profile of the service and what it can offer to parents.

Dudley’s popular play week event, which is set to keep children entertained across five borough parks, invites young people of all ages to come along and enjoy a range of play activities on offer starting from Monday 30th July.

During the week there will be group games, sports and stalls. Most of the activities on offer are free of charge.

This year the week starts off at Huntingtree Park, Halesowen, on Monday 30th July, Silver Jubilee at Coseley on Tuesday 31st July. Wednesday’s event (1st August) will be at Mary Steven’s Park in Stourbridge. Dudley's Priory Park will host on Thursday 2nd August and the week will conclude on Friday 4th August at The Dell, Brockmoor, Pensnett. Each event starts at midday (12pm) and finishes at 4pm.

Joy Williams, Service Manager, said: “We always look forward to being a part of play week as it is a great way for the service to promote what we do to the local community while giving children the chance to enjoy traditional activities, learn new skills, make friends and most importantly have fun.”

“As a service we aim to empower families to provide the best possible start in life for their children. We encourage parents to drop into our stall and ask any questions they may have about the early years.”

Participants just have to complete a basic registration form at each park to join in the fun. Children under eight years need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information visit www.sycamoreadventure.co.uk, call 01384 813755 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Staff Awards 2018 – nominations now open!

Do you know an unsung hero? An individual, team or volunteer who goes the extra mile to make a difference to patients’ lives?

Our staff awards celebrate staff achievements and gives recognition for all of the hard work and commitment shown throughout the year. So if you know someone who deserves special recognition for their outstanding work, we want you to make a nomination.

Closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 7th September, so don’t delay in submitting your nomination today!

This invitation for nominations is extended to any partners who work with the Trust as well as members of the public.

MERIT shortlisted for innovation award

The MERIT partnership’s Electronic Health Record Viewer has been shortlisted for a Meridian Celebration of Innovation award in the prestigious awards scheme organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.  The Electronic Health Record Viewer allows authorised clinicians to view details of the clinical history of patients whose care is more normally provided by another trust in the partnership.

The other shortlisted nominees for the Mental Health Innovation Award are:

  • Dignio Grasp (submitted by Dignio Ltd), a squeezable, hand held device which a patient can use to register the strength, frequency and duration of panic or anxiety attacks.
  • Raising Awareness: Challenging Stigma (submitted by Coventry University), a Mental Health First Aid programme delivered to students at its Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, to enhance resilience and emotional wellbeing and improve recognition of mental health concerns.
The award, one of six in different categories, will be presented at a ceremony in Birmingham on Friday 13 July, as part of a wider celebration of innovative practice in the health sector. You can find out more about the Medilink Awards by visiting their website.

The MERIT programme team has given almost 20 presentations to teams in the partner trusts, demonstrating the Electronic Health Record Viewer.  The earliest presentations have been given to those teams which clinical directors determined are perhaps more likely to come into contact with patients from other areas, such as those working in crisis resolution and acute liaison.

The MERIT Vanguard programme is an innovative and vibrant partnership of mental health organisations in the West Midlands, including Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which have come together to develop new ways of working to improve the way mental health services are provided for the future.