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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.

The acute in-patient services based at Penn Hospital are holding a recruitment open day on Tuesday 20th November from 10.00am – 2pm at The Beeches, Penn Hospital, Penn Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HN.

If your family or friends are looking for employment please recommend they visit our recruitment open day.The day will be an interactive and interesting day with lots going on, including: attendance from ward staff, service managers, and our preceptorship team.

Support will be available if individuals wish to complete an application form on the day, and staff from the temporary staffing and rostering team will also be recruiting to the bank. A facilitated walk around can also be organised for interested parties.

For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on 01902 445928.
The Trust is currently developing a text messaging service to provide patients with an efficient appointment reminder service, which we hope will reduce Trust DNA rates across the organisation.

Engagement sessions have taken place with service users across multiple sites to obtain views about the wording of the text reminders, and the Trust has now signed up to use GOV.UK Notify text messaging service. 

The first pilot is planned to be rolled out to mental health adult outpatient services during the coming weeks.  Following evaluation of this pilot, the second phase will be to extend the text messaging service into other divisions and community teams.

We have an obligation to ask our patients/service users for their consent before we can send a text reminder, and a process has been developed to support staff in updating records to record mobile telephone numbers and gain consent from our service users. 

The 14th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium was held at The Beeches, Wolverhampton this year, and was once again hailed a huge success by attendees.

This year the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day was Working Together to Prevent Suicide.

The symposium was introduced to the audience by Joyce Fletcher, Executive Director of Nursing, AHPs and Governance, with the first speakers to take to the floor being the Trust's very own   Dr Nilamadhab Kar and Dr Tulika Prasad, who presented a clinical audit on the suicides in Wolverhampton.

Dr David Boyda, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton presented an interesting research on parental psychopathology, adult attachment and risk of 12-month suicidal behaviours. This provided a key understanding about the influence of parental mental health and attachments issues linking to suicidality.

Suicide in Older People was presented by Dr Ayesha Bangash, Consultant Psychiatrist from Yorkshire; who also discussed the emerging issues related to physician assisted death as well. There was a very useful talk on factors influencing self-harm in children and ddolescents, highlighting current concerns presented by Dr Toni Stafford, Consultant Psychiatrist, CAMHS, Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust.

All in all an extremely useful, interesting and thought provoking day.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day 2018, Samina Allie, Chartered Psychologist, and Fauzia Khan, Assistant Psychologist, delivered a wellbeing workshop for patients and staff across the wards at Hallam Street Hospital, to which staff from across the Trust were also invited.

The workshop was centred round building resilience and promoting wellbeing and hope for the future, and brought patients and staff together to discuss what nurtured and inspired hope in them. Attendees were given an opportunity to share experiences and were supported in identifying goals around recovery and wellbeing.

Patients also got creative using birds, leaves, apples and flowers to write their goals for the future, which they then added onto a wellbeing tree. The tree is now being showcased at Hallam Street Hospital, for everyone to appreciate.

The workshop was received very positively with comments including:

“The workshop was brilliant. It was well structured and organised. It was nice to listen to the experiences of others, and find out what had helped them. I also enjoyed the cup of tea!”

“I enjoyed the workshop. It helped me focus on positives rather than negatives and gave me hope for achieving my future goals. It was nice to be part of the group and to mix with other people from different wards”

“I really enjoyed the workshop; it was nice to get off the ward”

“I enjoyed the group, found it interesting. Thank you”

We are pleased to announce that the Trust’s IT department recently undertook an exercise to become a nationally accredited organisation in the realms of computer security. 

The Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme is managed by the National Cyber Security Centre and aims to give organisations the peace of mind that their defences will protect against the vast majority of common cyber-attacks, because the attackers are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place. 

Qualification for the accreditation follows a rigorous application and evidence gathering by independent auditors, and we now intend to work towards achieving ‘Cyber Essential Plus’, which is compulsory for all NHS organisations to achieve before June 2021.

Black History Month 2018 celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the NHS

This year the Trust is celebrating Black History Month at an event that takes place on Thursday 25th October from 7.00pm to 10.30pm  at the Black Country Living Museum.

The event is a cultural symposium that will showcase the diverse contributions made by local men and women ‘Pioneers’ of British migration. You called, we answered, celebrates 70 years of the NHS revealing real stories of remarkable achievement, struggle and leadership in a global health arena.

Call 0121 521 5697 to receive your free ticket to this event.

The Trust's Annual General and Members Meeting will be taking place this year on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 4.30pm – 6.30pm with refreshments available from 4pm.

The venue is The Millichip Suite, West Bromwich Albion, The Hawthorns, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, B71 4LF.  Come along and join us to hear about what has been happening over the last 12 months, and also take a forward look to the future. To book your place contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..