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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.

New and expectant mums living in the Black Country can access care and treatment from a specialist perinatal community mental health service.

Every year, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (April 29 - May 5) helps to raise awareness of the challenges of motherhood and encourages mothers to seek help. With this in mind, local health professionals would like to remind new and expectant mums of the support they offer through the specialist perinatal service.

The service provides care and treatment to women with moderate to severe mental health difficulties related to preconception, pregnancy and the first post-partum year. Midwives and GPs can refer new and expectant mums to a specialist clinic, where they receive high quality care from a consultant perinatal psychiatrist and community psychiatric nurses who work together to provide a comprehensive service to mums and their infants.

Abigail Masara, a specialist mental health practitioner within the service, has the responsibility of assessing expectant mums, coordinating their care (which can be in clinic, at home or in hospital/children’s centres) and offers mild cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Samosas were flying off the plate at the Trust’s celebration of Vaisakhi last week at Penn Hospital! At Vaisakhi, Sikhs celebrate the founding of the Khalsa, the collective body of baptised Sikhs created in 1699. Around the time of this festival, those ready to join the Khalsa are baptised. Vaisakhi is also seen as the Sikh New Year Festival.

The event, hosted by the Trust’s Spiritual Care Team, brought together staff, patients and members of the local Sikh Community to share South Asian food, meet the Trust’s Sikh Chaplain and to find out more about this special Sikh festival. One member of staff also made some special eggless cupcakes in the colours of Vaisakhi to share with those who came. The Sikh Chaplain from New Cross Hospital also joined us, and recited prayers of blessing over the food to open the celebration. One of the local Sikh Gurdwaras provided all the samosas and are keen to work more closely with our Trust to promote understanding of mental health and wellbeing within the community.

For photos of the event, why not take a look at our Facebook page!

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The knit and natter group on Salter Ward, at Edwards Street Hospital, certainly don't let the natter get in the way of keeping their needles clicking away!

Established in January, the group, primarily made up of patients, bring in their own wool and materials, and can create a variety of colourful hats. Each intricate hat takes about 1 – 2 hours to make, but the group don’t mind, as they find that the therapeutic activity relaxes them and focuses their minds.

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The weather may not currently be in our favour, but spring has arrived at Hallam Street Hospital, with cleaning, refurbishment and spots of colour warming up the site to create a light, airy and therapeutic environment.

The spring refurbishment project, managed by Jay Patel, Estates and Facilities Team along with Michelle Young Matron, has provided the hospital with new furnishings in what is now a brighter and more welcoming environment. The team have done a fantastic job of revitalising Friar Ward, as seen in the photos. The unit has been given a fresh lick of paint and a scenic mural to help create a warm welcoming ambiance.

The team have received a plethora of positive feedback from patients, visitors and staff, and are currently undertaking plans to spruce up Charlemont Ward and Abbey Ward.

Site Facilities Manager Jay Patel says, “We are pleased with the progress we have made so far, and hope the improvements have made the facility a place that both staff, patients and visitors can be proud of. We hope this homely, friendly redesign will aid patients in feeling safe and calm.”

A massive well done to everyone involved in this project, and we can’t wait to see future results!

HALLam Street Sponsored WalkLast Friday, frontline staff, patients and relatives from Abbey House, Hallam Street Hospital decided to embrace the warm spring weather, and complete a sponsored walk.

Everyone involved put their best foot forward on Friday 29th March with the aim of raising money for the British Heart Foundation, NSPCC, Save the Children and Cancer Research. The group kicked off their walk in the afternoon, and walked from the hospital to Sandwell Valley Park. The team have successfully raised a fantastic £400 and are still counting!

Abbey House Team Manager Kay Perry says, “I would like to thank the team for their commitment, and everyone who walked and raised money.  A special thanks must go to Sarb Singh, who arranges all the Abbey ward events and goes above and beyond his duties for the patients.”

IMG 0175 NEWOur Trust's Recovery College celebrated the successful graduation of 96 determined students who completed their courses at the college and graduated with honours…and song!

Based in Oldbury, the college is open to those who use our services, be it a carer, family member, supporter or even staff member. A dedicated team of staff deliver courses that have been developed with and for people who have been affected by mental health issues, with the aim of using learning and coproduction to support recovery and opportunity.

During the last term, students at the college have managed to overcome challenges and achieve positive direction in their personal journeys to recovery through a variety of practical and life-changing courses, such as coping with anxiety, CBT awareness and creative writing, to name a few.

Our Trust is pleased to announce the launch of its new expanded service for carers looking after loved ones who are in receipt of services from the Trust.

Following a review of the carers service by Sandwell Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which identified that the service provided to carers of adult mental health patients were overwhelmingly praised, the commissioners decided that the service should be expanded to carers of children attending child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), and cares of people with learning disabilities.

The new all services provision will enable more carers to receive tailored assessments of their needs. This will ensure carers receive the support and advice they need to help keep them well and supported in order to carry out their caring responsibilities. Educational sessions will be available to develop their understanding of illnesses and treatments which will help them deliver high quality, safe care to their loved ones.