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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.

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.”

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.

On Friday 22nd March, 200 health and care staff came together to develop a joined-up plan to prevent suicide across the Black County and West Birmingham. The suicide prevention event focussed on how everyone can work together to reduce access to means of suicide and provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide. The event recognised the need to work together to build the resilience and capability of local services and communities to prevent suicide in the Black Country and West Birmingham.

The whole community approach to suicide prevention is part of national ambition to co-ordinate Zero Suicide plans across the country, ensuring that suicide prevention truly becomes everyone’s business. 

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust along with NHS clinical commissioning groups and local authorities have been working together as the Transforming Care Partnership to transform care and support for adults with learning disabilities.

The programme will improve the way services are delivered by ensuring care is focused on keeping individuals healthy, well, and supported in their local community. It will enable individuals to stay close to their family and friends, only using beds in hospitals where community services cannot provide safe and suitable alternatives.

Our Trust hosts a number of benefits and offers for all staff, and on Tuesday 19th March, staff were encouraged to pop along and find out more about the range of benefits and support on offer at the Health and Wellbeing Roadshow at Edward Street Hospital. Various external organisations displayed valuable benefit packages, discounts and offers that are readily available to everyone working in the Trust, including Red Guava benefits, Estate Planning & Will Specialists, and Vivup.

Staff took part in interactive activities, such as relaxing tai chi sessions and foot health assessments, kindly provided by physiotherapy assistant Sheila Ram and Meg Hammond respectively. Other popular activities that were co-ordinated on the day included soothing hot wax therapies, facilitated by occupational therapist Deena Cass and light hand touch therapy, which was provided by technical instructor Nicky Shilvock.

Senior Divisional Human Resource Advisor for Mental Health Directorate and coordinator of the event Angie Dunkley, says, “Health and wellbeing is an integral part of the Trust's ethos of supporting our staff. The aim of setting up such an event is to enable our staff to have easy access to the supportive benefits we have and are continually striving to put in place. Whether its them taking part in a physical activity or seeking support or advise from Staff Support or our spirituality teams, able to purchase a bike via the cycle to work scheme or benefiting from a discount from a local store.”

A massive well done to everyone involved - an insightful event enjoyed by all, and we can’t wait for the next roadshow on the 11th November! For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages @BCPFT.

20190326 080055Last week, things got very colourful at our Trust’s Recovery College and the Gerry Simon Clinic, as the Spiritual Care Team celebrated the Hindu Spring festival Holi!

Known as the festival of colours, Holi is an ancient, religious Hindu festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities. During Holi, people will colour each other with dry powder and coloured water.

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Yesterday, our staff put their best, ‘colourful’ foot forward to raise awareness of their local services for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Monday 25th February – Sunday 3rd March) with an informative, awareness raising event at their Edward Street Community Base.

The theme for this year’s Eating Disorder Awareness event was ‘sock it to eating disorders’ – a notion that the staff took literally, and wore colourful, vibrant socks to promote and raise awareness.