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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.

Competition calls for creative skills

page one dawn jones projectBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) are teaming up and inviting Black Country residents who have a keen interest in mental health to submit an entry into the 2018 Dawn Jones Art Prize competition.

The competition, which is in its thirteenth year, encourages people to create inspiring artwork in line with this year’s theme: #Thisisme and will give winners the opportunity to have their artwork displayed across the Black Country. 

The theme #Thisisme has been chosen to find out who people are and what inspires them, whether it’s a self-portrait, an inspirational poem or a piece of art that represents the individual. 

The competition was set up by Maureen Jones in memory of her daughter, Dawn Jones, who tragically committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 25 following a long battle with depression.

Dawn Jones’s mother, Maureen, said, “It has been very rewarding to hear so many people say things like they had given up art when they were ill, but that the Dawn Jones Art prize had inspired them to start getting involved in artwork again.”

The competition aims to offer people with experience of mental health conditions the opportunity to express themselves and create meaningful artwork for people to enjoy. It also aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive at DWMH said, “It's so important that we keep this special campaign going as it means a lot to those who enter. Since we started the competition, we have seen such a high calibre of work with real meaningful and powerful messages. It’s great to see how this rewarding competition inspires people with experience or an interest in mental health.”

Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive at BCPFT said, “We are privileged to be involved with the 2018 Dawn Jones Art Prize competition this year. By supporting this competition we hope that we will help raise awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma that is often associated with it.

“Art can be therapeutic for many people and we encourage anyone with an interest in art – whether a beginner or someone who is more experienced – to get involved and enter.”

Entries must be submitted by Friday 29th June 2018 and two winners will be selected to receive a trophy and £100 in vouchers of their choice, along with the opportunity for their work to be displayed long-term in mental health services across the Black Country.

Artwork can be completed using any medium, or combination of media, as long as it can be hung onto a wall. It can be oil or water paint, charcoal, textile, collage, photography or digital art (sculptures must be no larger than 30cm in height or width). This year, we will also be accepting poetry. All work should be accompanied by a short paragraph about how mental health has touched your life and how art helps you.

For further enquires, contact the communications team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also find full competition guidelines at www.dwmh.nhs.uk/artprize.

Trust welcomes new public and staff governors

The newly elected public and staff governors for Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been announced.

The Trust now have seven new public Governors, one for Dudley, three for Sandwell and three for Wolverhampton. The Trust are also fortunate to announce that Alan Dean and Mel Passmore has been re-elected for a further term. The Trust has also gained a new staff governor. For further information view the election report.

The successful candidates were elected by members in their geographical area, or achieved a place uncontested. In total there are currently 24 governors who represent different parts of the West Midlands and staff interests.

The Assembly of Governors represents the views of local people to the Board of Directors and advise on issues such as priorities for forward planning.

We welcome all new Governors and look forward to working with them.

Trust HR Team shortlisted for HMPA award

HR Team of the YearBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after its Human Resources team have been shortlisted for HR Team of the Year at the Healthcare People Management Association Awards 2018.

In its submission, the team outlined the significant achievements over the last two years during a period of uncertainty with limited resources against a backdrop of increased demand and expectation. The entry outlined the ways of working and team composition, examples of technical excellence and innovative approaches applied, how the team demonstrates excellent leadership and team working and how they have contributed to the achievement of Trust objectives.

Judy Griffiths, Associate Director of Human Resources said, “It’s an honour to lead the HR team and we are all very proud of the work that has been undertaken in the team. Being shortlisted of this national award is a real achievement.

“It is a real boost to the HR team and well-deserved recognition for the transformation of the service and for the part they each play in supporting staff, managers and ultimately the successful delivery of high quality care in an evolving NHS landscape.”

Other contenders for the HR Team of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Welsh Government, include South Eastern HSC Trust, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust and NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

The HPMA Excellence Awards 2018 aims to recognise and reward the outstanding work in healthcare human resource management. 

The team will be visiting London and presenting their submission in April before winners of the awards are announced at a ceremony on Thursday 7th June 2018.

Research team seeking participants for Bulimia Nervosa study

Research and Innovation are seeking participants for their Naloxone study, that is looking to see if a nasal spray containing a well-known drug (naloxone hydrochloride) can help with the symptoms of bulimia nervosa.

Naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray is being developed for treating eating behaviours in patients with bulimia nervosa. The aim of this study is to find out how well the nasal spray affects binging and eating behaviours in patients with bulimia nervosa.

Patients who wish to participate must fit the following criteria:
  • Female aged 18 to 60 years
  • Diagnosis or symptoms of bulimia nervosa
  • Subjects reporting at least one binging day per week during screening
Eligibility will be fully assessed by the hospital team.

If you are interested you can contact the team directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and use the subject ‘Bulimia Nervosa study’ or call 01902 446724.

Safeguarding team show support for CSE Awareness Day

cse 18th marchThe Trust’s Safeguarding staff will be supporting National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day on Sunday 18th March by taking part in a public engagement and networking event on Friday 16th March in New Square, West Bromwich from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

Safeguarding staff will be attending the event alongside other health and local authority professionals such as Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. Together the organisations plan to inform and educate members of the public around CSE, signs and symptoms and how to report suspected cases of CSE.

There will also be a twitter discussion set to take place on the @WeSchoolNurses twitter account from 12.00 (midday) on Friday 16th March. You can get involved with the chat by visiting the twitter account or using #CSESuperhero in your tweets.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

Could you be a Trust Governor - 2018 elections are open!

Nominations are now being invited ahead of elections to find new governors to join Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT). These elections give you the opportunity to represent the interests of colleagues and the public and help inform and influence the future of the Trust.

The Trust is specifically looking for candidates to fill the 1 seat in Dudley, 3 seats in Sandwell, 1 seats in Walsall (starts from July 2018) and 5 seats in Wolverhampton (one of which stars August 2018 and one of which starts September 2018) constituencies.  Completed nomination forms are to be received by 5pm on Friday 27th April 2018.

If you are a member you can get involved by:
•    Standing as a Governor in one of our public or staff constituencies
•    Voting for a candidate who you feel would best represent your views

BCPFT, which provides mental health, learning disability and childrens services, is also looking for people to join its Assembly of Governors.

Trust Governors are individuals that tie a Trust to its patients, staff and local stakeholders. They are direct representatives of local interests within the governance structure of the Trust.

Governors play a central role in informing and influencing future plans, including how we invest to improve the quality of patient care.  

Anyone who is a member of the Trust and aged 16 or over can be a Governor.

Where are we seeking nominations?


Nominations are now being accepted from people who wish to become Public and Staff Governors representing the following areas:

Public

Dudley -
1 seat
Sandwell -
3 seats
Walsall -
1 seat (starts from July 2018)
Wolverhampton -
5 seats (of which one starts August 2018 and one starts September 2018)

Staff

6 seats (covering all staff groups).


You can find out more about being a Governor on our website at http://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/join-us/, or call our Membership Team on 0121 612 8061 for a chat.


How to apply?

If you would like to stand, please contact Ciara Norris by:

Tel: 0208 889 9203

Text: Text 2FT BC and your name and address to 88802

Address:  Electoral Reform
                 Services Limited
                 The Election Centre
                 33 Clarendon Road
                 London
                 N8 0NW

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you have enthusiasm and the willingness to represent not just your own views, but also the view of the people in your community, or staff group then don’t delay! The deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms is 5pm on Friday 27th April 2018.


What happens next?

Once you have decided to stand for Governor, Electoral Reform Service (ESR), an independent organisation, will carry out our Governor elections.

You don't need anyone else to support or sponsor you nomination to stand as a Governor. You will be asked to complete a simple form by ESR and include a short statement about you and why you want to become a Govenor.

ESR will the pass these details on to members who will be eligible to vote.

 

Looking for a career in nursing?

Hundreds of qualified health care staff will get the chance to learn more about a career in nursing at a recruitment event being held to attract people to Birmingham and the Black Country.

The event, hosted by Royal College of Nursing at NEC Birmingham on Thursday 13th March, aims to highlight immediate vacancies to newly-qualified nurses, healthcare assistants and experienced nurses.  

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be looking for full and part-time permanent RMN mental health nurses (Band 5 and above) who want to work in acute treatment with psychiatric physical complexities, rehabilitation and specialist services, including PICU and eating disorders.

Tara Conlan, Assistant HR Business Partner/Recruitment Lead said: “We have many exciting nursing and health professional opportunities based across the West Midlands and are looking for people who want to help make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of our West Midlands communities as part of a patient-focused, value-based, ambitious and inclusive team.

“Also if you are student nurse, who has recently graduated and awaiting your nursing pin, we are keen to talk to you as we launch our new initiative that provides you with the opportunity to start your nursing career at the top of a Band 4 in a permanent nursing role as of 1st April 2018.”

Representatives from the Trust, including Community Nursing staff, will be attending the event to explain their offers and will have information available for interested applicants to take away with them. The team will be based at Stand 41.

Details of the roles on offer are available on the NHS Jobs website, or under the ‘Working Here’ section of this website.