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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.
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.”
BCPFT has a duty of care to support others in achieving a healthy lifestyle, and provide a close relationship of care, confidence and communication to those facing the challenges of quitting smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. It is shocking that people with mental health conditions die on average 10 – 20 years earlier than the rest of our population and smoking is the largest single cause of this gap.
In the run-up to becoming a smokefree Trust we have been working with staff and patients to promote achievement of their healthier lifestyle and improved wellbeing, and introduced new guidelines and policies to support this. Significant changes include:
- introduction of smoking cessation training for staff
- removal of smoke specific breaks
- the addition of signage, to help communicate the Trust’s smokefree policy
- job adverts to contain a statement that adherence to the Trust’s smokefree policy is a contractual obligation
We believe becoming a smokefree environment is an important part of our continuous quality improvement journey, and aim to take a supportive approach to achieve our overall aim of supporting our patients and staff to make healthier life style choices.
We continue to offer training to staff to ensure they are equipped to support each other, and patients, to stop smoking and indeed anyone who wishes to stop smoking can receive support from Health Exchange.”
For more information about smoking cessation support visit the Health Exchange website.
Alongside Board representation, 29.12 per cent of staff is from a BME background, which is highly representative of the local Black Country population.
Wider than having positive BME representation across the workforce, our Trust has done a lot of work to ensure equality and inclusion is high on the agenda. From offering specialist training, active staff networks and development opportunities; our services are encouraged to regularly review how we can better support the needs of the diverse communities they serve.
“We’ve worked hard to develop a positive culture of equality and inclusion across the Trust” commented Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of BCPFT. “Our communities are changing and we need to ensure we have the right services in place to meet their needs; part of this means having the right people with the right skills that can really make a difference.
“Whilst we know there is more to do this is a positive step in the right direction and we will continue to promote an inclusive culture that supports, develops and gives opportunities for our entire workforce”.
Proposal strengthens the future of local health services
Mental health, learning disability and children’s services across the Black Country will be given a boost following a decision by the Boards of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for the two trusts to come together as one organisation.
More choice and improved access to specialist services for people across the Black Country are just two of the benefits of the proposals, which is planned to take place by early 2020, subject to appropriate regulatory approval.
A great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes to bring the trusts to this point, and we have already seen the benefits integration can bring when the two organisations work closely together in partnership.
The chief executives of both trusts said: “We are excited to be coming together as one Trust. We have been working collaboratively for some time, and the announcement today builds on the joint work our clinicians are undertaking to deliver exciting developments which improve services for people across the Black Country. A recent example of this is the launch of our community perinatal mental health service which has been developed jointly across both trusts.
“Our ambition is to be a national leader in mental health, learning disability and children’s services, and we believe that coming together as one organisation is the best way to strengthen services, and improve care for people across the Black Country.”
After carrying out a planned inspection of our services during summer 2018, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its report and rating of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The CQC has rated the Trust overall as ‘requires improvement’.
This rating is disappointing.
However, CQC rated the Trust as ‘good’ in the caring’, ‘responsive and ‘well led’ domains, and four out of the six core services inspected were also rated as ‘good’ overall. These were: specialist in-patient and community learning disability services, wards for older people’s mental health; and mental health crisis services including health based places of safety.
In those areas where we have been rated as requiring improvement, we are taking action to bring services up to standard as quickly as possible.
Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:
“We are disappointed with this rating. However, we are pleased that the CQC rated the majority of our services as ‘good’, and that the Trust overall is well led. We remain strongly committed to acting on the CQC findings and improving our services.”
Learning disability services are already being transformed as part of the sustainable transformation partnership (STP) across the Black Country both with the development of new, and strengthening of existing, community services to care for, and support people at home.
The aim is to enhance community services to help people with learning disabilities remain in their own communities. This new money will allow the development of a new unit so that when people really need care and support they will receive it in the best possible environment, offering the highest quality services at a unit that is close to their home.
Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive said, “I am thrilled that the Trust has received this money which will allow the development of a new facility to support people with learning disabilities across the Black Country when they are at their most vulnerable. Receiving this money will truly enable us to continue to improve the access, and quality of our services, whilst ensuring our local communities receive the best possible access to high quality services.”