Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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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.

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.

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.

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. 

Our Trust is pleased to announce that it has of today, Tuesday 19th February 2019, signed up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, at a ceremony held at Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich.

The Charter, part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign is aimed at seeking greater security for terminally ill workers so they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. Such protection will give every person battling a terminal condition the choice of how to spend their final months, and the peace of mind to know their job is protected and the future financial security of their family is guaranteed.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Lesley Writtle, said, “We had no hesitation in signing up to this Charter. When people are terminally ill and at their most vulnerable, we believe it is extremely important that as an organisation we do the right thing, and that our staff members should not lose their dignity or financial security at the final stage of their life. 

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.
The Trust are proud to take home the Black Country Individual Award from the Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards ceremony that took place on Thursday 31st January.

Cariss Evans and Jackie Bott were both nominated for the Black Country Mental Health Star Individual Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution, and positive influence to mental health and wellbeing services across the Black Country.

Cariss Evans was announced as this year’s winner, for the excellent work she carried out and services she provided for Sandwell Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The win was an extremely poignant win because it was awarded posthumously following the untimely passing of Cariss in October 2018.

Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle, accepted the award on behalf of Cariss’ parents who were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony. On collecting the award Lesley said: “The Trust is incredibly proud of the work Cariss Evans undertook, and the recognition afforded by achievement of this award is a lovely honor to her memory. Her influential, innovative work still reverberates across the mental health community today.

I am extremely pleased and proud of all our staff that were nominated for the excellent work they undertake every day. The Trust is truly privileged to have such inspirational individuals and teams working in our services for the people of the Black Country.”