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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.

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.

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.

Joint press release from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

The Boards of the three trusts within the Transforming Care Together (TCT) partnership* have agreed, after careful consideration, that the integration of the three trusts into one organisation will now not happen.

The three Boards have been spending time reviewing the proposals in light of a number of issues arising, which needed to be addressed in order for the integration of the three trusts to proceed as planned. Over the past few days the Boards of the three trusts have agreed the decision not to proceed.

The key factors taken into account in reaching this decision were:-

  • Strategic fit – recent NHS planning guidance for 2018/19 has highlighted the strengthening role of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) in developing models of care appropriate to their geographical footprints, and the TCT proposal would have operated across two (namely Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country);
  • Clinical concerns – discussions around how best to integrate the three Trusts’ clinical areas have raised a number of challenges for all three organisations;
  • Financial – the financial plan for the integrated organisation would not meet the requirements that are set for the transaction.
The Boards are very much aware and extremely appreciative of the considerable work that staff have put into TCT and are determined to learn as much as possible from the process and continue to share good practice.

In reviewing the benefits identified through considerable hard work in developing the TCT proposal, the Boards feel it is clear that the clinical case identified from working collaboratively on the benefits of a Black Country-wide approach to mental health and learning disability services should continue to be developed further, by the two Black Country Trusts working closely with commissioners and the STP.

* The three trusts within the TCT partnership are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

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.

Memory Matters project picks up local award

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AWARDS twoBlack Country Partnership are celebrating after the introduction of a memory awareness project has led to an award win at Wolverhampton’s Dementia Action Alliance awards.

Memory Matters was awarded the Innovation in the Community Award for its community work in raising awareness of memory issues and signposting people with concerns to access the correct support for them.

Memory Matters was launched by the City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Alzheimer's Society.

The project enables people to interact with professionals who offer reassurance, advice and guidance to those who are concerned that they are becoming a bit forgetful, or are worried about a friend or relative.

Trust day service community nurses work in partnership with local authority social workers at each session, assessing whether someone's memory loss is anything more serious, such as the onset of dementia, and direct them towards appropriate help and support.

The collaborative working between health and social care has helped improve dementia diagnosis rates in the local community.

Wendy Goodall, Day Service Manager, received the award on behalf of the Trust, jointly with staff from Wolverhampton Carers Team.

Speaking about the win Wendy said, “Awards like this recognise and reward inspirational and innovative work that is making a real difference to patient care and experience.

“Winning the award is a welcomed recognition; a real boost to all those that are involved with the project and we are thrilled to receive the award.

“Memory Matters is a great concept that aims to benefit those in the community and we look forward to building on the work that is currently happening with local authority partners and continuing with its success.”

Memory Matters takes place at Wednesfield Community Hub, Well Lane, on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00am - 3.00pm.

Announcement of Chief Executive

Lesley Writtle 2Lesley Writtle (Executive Director of Operations / Deputy Chief Executive) has been appointed Interim Chief Executive of BCP.

Lesley takes up her post with immediate effect and to provide stability for the organisation, the interim position is for one year.

Andrew Fry, Acting Chair of BCP said: “As we move forward, I’m confident that the experience and commitment of Lesley and the Board will give us a strong foundation for the future.”

Celebrating Time to Talk Day around the Trust

time to talk day 18 coll pennAcross the Trust, staff and service users joined people all over the UK to mark Time to Talk Day on Thursday 1st December.  

At the Recovery College, a staff and student coffee morning was held. The team invited students and staff to meet others in a relaxed environment.  The event was well attended with great discussion around mental health. Students were also given the chance to find out more about the People’s Parliament after an informative discussion by Rosalind.  

Speaking on the event Kerry Wilkes, Recovery College Principal said: “The nature of our work means we discuss mental health every day, I wanted today to highlight that this can be done outside of the Recovery College and that even brief conversations with a variety of people can improve mood and mental health and reduce stigma.

“The tools provide by Time to Change were great for this, they enabled everyone to spread positivity and think about ways that they could keep the conversations going among their friends and family.”

In Wolverhampton, Penn Hospital Occupational Therapists helped to #endthestigma by holding an informative stall for staff and services users in Penn Reception. The stall gave passersby the chance to ask any questions they may have around mental health and write pledges suggesting ways they plane to help keep up the conversation around mental health.

Around 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem, with many people afraid to speak about their own experience. Time to Talk Day was an opportunity to break the silence and misconceptions that are associated with mental health.