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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.

BCPFT celebrates national apprenticeship week

Black Country Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) supported this year’s National Apprenticeship Week by celebrating the positive impact that apprentices have made to their organisation at a free to attend information and recruitment event.

The National Apprenticeship Event, held at the ICC Birmingham on Wednesday 8th March, is a unique opportunity for those wanting to find out more about apprenticeships and what’s on offer. Attendees were given valuable face to face time with top UK employers and training providers.

Joining forces with Health Education England (West Midlands), who opened up their stand to local NHS trusts to promote apprenticeships, the Trust engaged with an array students interested in apprenticeship vocations.

Lynn Weston, Support Workforce Lead said, “The event was really helpful and great to network with our MERIT partners from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Transforming Care Together (TCT) partner Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.”

“We’ve had the opportunity to speak to many students and teachers from around the Birmingham and Black Country about apprenticeship opportunities available at the Trust and the interest in healthcare apprentices looks promising!”

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) which runs from 6th – 10th March 2016 looks at the positive impact apprenticeships have on large organisations like this local health Trust.

If you want to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities please contact Lynn Weston, Support Workforce Lead or Gail Parry, Staff Engagement and Development Manager on 0121 612 8138.

Pet therapy brings joy to service users

Service users at Edward Street Hospital in West Bromwich are receiving regular therapeutic visits from Maisey under Pets As Therapy – known as PAT dogs – initiative.

Eight-year-old Maisey is a King Charles spaniel and visits service users on the wards alongside her owner every two weeks.

Pets as Therapy is proven to be an effective form of therapy for those living with dementia and is based on the principle that pet therapy promotes physical and emotional health. Petting, cuddling and even simply sitting with an animal can have a positive effect on overall health.

Talking about the Pets at Therapy sessions, Karen Denny, Team Lead Allied Health Professional for Urgent Care said, “It is very rewarding to see the patients’ reactions and sometimes it can have a remarkable effect. Maisey provides stimulation and helps patients communicate feelings of calm and happiness as they interact with her

“Services users and staff always comment on what a lovely and calm dog, Maisey is,” Karen added. "She is extremely popular and is loved by all the staff, visitors and patients who meet her and there is nothing better than seeing everyone’s faces light up when she visits.”

Pets As Therapy is a national charity that enhances health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the United Kingdom.

Trust receives Care Quality Commission rating of ‘Good’

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that it has been rated ‘Good’ following the Care Quality Commission (CQC) follow-up inspection of the Trust undertaken in October 2016.

The CQC has today published its report with an improved rating of the Trust, which received a rating of good across all domains of the inspection – safe; well-led; caring; effective and responsive.

The CQC noted that there have been improvements across services since its last inspection, and highlighted a number of outstanding examples of compassionate care in teams for adults of working age, and specialist community mental health teams for children and young people, where the service was rated ‘outstanding’.

Trust Chief Executive, Tracy Taylor, said: “We are delighted that the Trust have been assessed as ‘Good’ following a re-inspection of our services, and that the excellent work of our staff has been recognised.

“The outcome of the CQC inspection is fantastic news for our staff, partners and importantly the people who use our services. The Trust Board is extremely proud of the continued determination and commitment of our staff, who work tirelessly to ensure improvements are made.

“I am particularly proud of the feedback received from CQC inspectors in respect of the caring nature of our staff, and the way in which people are treated with dignity and respect. CQC recognition of these factors is a testament to the dedication and hard work demonstrated everyday by our staff.”

Read the report and rating from the February 2017 CQC inspection.

Trust to take part in Birmingham recruitment event

Hundreds of qualified health care staff will get the change to learn more about a career in nursing at a two-day recruitment event being held to attact people to the Black Country and Birmingham.

The event, hosted by Royal College of Nursing at NEC Birmingham on 2nd – 3rd March, aims to highlight immediate vacancies to newly-qualified nurses, HCA’s and experienced nurses.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be attending the event alongside partners Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
to showcase vacancies at each of the three Trusts.

Those who attend will also be given the chance to attend free seminars to help with everything from revalidation, preceptorship, advice on writing CVs and identifying strengths to improve with interview skills.

Tara Conlan, HR Advisor, said: “We will be hoping to recruit an array of staff over the two day event including nurses, occupational therapists and health care assistants.

“This is the chance to really find out everything you want to know about working in healthcare,” Tara added. “You will be able to ask any burning questions and get honest answers from our staff. We’re looking forward to an interesting and informative event.”

For more information on the event visit the RCN’s website.

Trust to go live NHS Summary Care Records

scrhelpa4Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is to go live with NHS Summary Care Records from Monday 6th March 2016 with the Trust’s Pharmacy Team having access to the electronic database.

The Summary Care Record is an electronic copy of key information from the record held at your GP Practice which will enable Trust staff to access SCR of patients that are involved in their care, unless patients have previously opted out of having an SCR.

SCR contains important information from GP records including medications, allergies and any bad reactions to medicines.

Patients will be asked if they give consent and are happy for staff to access their SCR to obtain relevant information to aid any care and treatment provided.

Any patients who do not wish their SCR to be viewed need to notice the professionals directly involved in their care. A note will be recorded on the BCPFT system and relevant paper records to ensure this request is fulfilled.

If a patient is unable to give consent, their care professional may access information if they feel it is at the patient’s best interests. 

To learn more about Summary Care Record please view the video playlist created by NHS Digital.

Trust scoops Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce that the organisation has won the ‘Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’ award at the Health Education West Midlands Apprenticeship Recognitions awards held on Friday 9th February.

The Trust, which currently employs 40 apprentices across clinical and administrative services, beat tough competition to win the judges over with its ongoing commitment to its successful apprenticeship programme.

Lynn Weston, Support Workforce Development Lead, said: “We are so pleased to have won this award for the second time since 2014. I would like express my thanks to all the hardworking teams for the tremendous support and direction they give apprentices.”

“We would also like to express congratulations to Black Country NHS Apprentice Academy for winning the Innovative Partnership Award and thank them for their valued partnership as we work together in renewing and strengthening our apprenticeship service in the future”.

'The Stars of the Future' Awards, hosted by Health Education England, celebrates, recognises and rewards the exceptional contributions that apprentices and apprenticeship employers bring to workplaces across the West Midlands.

Early onset dementia group helps quality of life

A new Young Onset Dementia Awareness group, otherwise known as YODA, has been developed to help meet the needs of under 65’s recently diagnosed with dementia in the Sandwell area.

Running for ten sessions on alternative weeks to the Trust’s already established Younger Onset Dementia Support (YODS) group, YODA provides an opportunity for people to join the YODS group and help to provide a much needed robust service for this client group in particular.

Both groups are facilitated by occupational therapy staff and run alongside objectives offering people hope, connectedness, meaningful (occupation), empowerment and identity.

Jaime O’Connor, Occupational Therapist, said: “The first YODA group is currently running as a pilot and five out of the six people referred are attending. Initial feedback received from evaluation has been positive and that are six new referrals already collated for a new group which is due to start in mid-February.”

“The groups focus is on recovery through activity and aims to show how people can find ways of ‘living well’ with dementia. Objectives are demonstrated by covering issues such as empowerment through enabling confidence, social inclusion, promoting confidence and reducing stigma with the aim of enabling people to regain hope by offering a connection to services and peers whilst maintaining their own identity. 

The group work closely with a series of different services that attend group sessions to provide information and support. These include:

- Welfare rights
- Dementia Research – clinical trials/questionnaires
- Sandwell Third Age Arts- group activities/crafts
- Baches Solicitors