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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.

Trust’s Occupational Health Services receives national accreditation

The Trust’s Occupational Health & Wellbeing provider, based at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, has been recognised for the high standard of service it provides to staff with a nationally recognised re-accreditation.

The team has achieved and was awarded with the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) Accreditation following a formal assessment in February 2017 by independent assessors.

SEQOHS is a scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians in association with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. The accreditation criteria is measured against a set of comprehensive standards designed to help raise the level and quality of care provided by Occupational Health & Wellbeing providers.

Launched in December 2010, the standards cover areas such as staff competency, safety and accessibility of facilities and equipment, and meeting specific NHS standards. 

Dr Tamsin Radford, Consultant and Head of Service quoted: "Having re-accredited for another five years is an achievement not only for the service, but for both Trusts’.

“This proves our commitment to providing a high quality service, as we believe that a well looked after workforce is one that provides better care and support to patients. The accreditation also provides independent validation of our focus to continuously deliver quality occupational health and wellbeing service to all our clients." 

Ward helps establish ‘take a break’ culture

A new initiative has been launched on Meadow Ward at Penn Hospital to encourage staff to take frequent breaks to help improve their health and wellbeing.

The ‘taking a break' initiative aims to help make staff aware that taking enough breaks can also help them to provide the highest standard of patient care, by putting them in a position to make the best decisions for patients and helping to strengthen morale and create relationships.

Liz Meeks, Ward Manger at Meadow Ward, said: “The initiative reiterates our commitment to ensuring that all staff take their breaks, and that we create a ‘take a break’ culture at our Trust.

“Taking a break gives our staff the chance to take a breather and to replenish energy levels by eating or having a drink, physically resting or taking a mental break helping to reduce the chance of creating stress and tiredness which may occur from working eight hours straight,” she said.

“As well as being important for staff health and wellbeing, taking breaks is also important for patients as it allows staff to make the best possible decisions for our patients and help create meaningful social interaction and communication when returning to the ward,” she added.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting staff to improve their health and wellbeing and encourages all staff to ensure that they take their breaks whilst at work. As part of a wider health and wellbeing campaign the Trust is actively supporting staff by providing a series of exercises classes including Boxercise and Health and Wellbeing roadshows promoting local health check services and staff benefits schemes such as cycle to work. If you would like further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Local MP visits Trust Recovery College

Adrian Bailey, MP for West Bromwich West, has praised the work of a local Recovery College in the Black Country, which seeks to support people with mental health issues.

Adrian first came in contact with the college when attending a recent Disability Confident workshop held by Sandwell Council. After expressing interest in wanting to learn more about the mental health services provided by the Trust, he met with Joyce Fletcher, Interim Executive Director of Nursing, AHPs, Organisational Development and Governance, Steve Phillips, Divisional Director for Mental Health and Mick Morrow, the Recovery College lead, to find out more about its life-changing work. 

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation operates its college throughout the Black Country, with the college base in Sandwell at Quayside. The principles of the Recovery College are to enable people with mental health challenges to have the same opportunities in life as everyone else. The aim is to support people on their personal journey towards a meaningful and satisfying life, where hope, opportunity and choice are the key elements.

The college aims to help people to become experts in their own self-care, and enable family, friends, carers and staff to better understand mental health so that they can best help people towards recovery.

Courses are co-produced with users, carers and professionals working in partnership.

Adrian was particularly impressed by the wide range and scope of the programmes available at the College, from practical classes on mindfulness to sessions promoting lifestyle choices, such as cooking with confidence, the Recovery College choir and creative writing. He also met a number of dedicated volunteers who offer additional support to the students and students who each shared their recovery journey, including Bally Barquer who was influential in setting up the visit.

Speaking following his visit, Adrian said, “I would like to thank all the staff at the College for supporting people who are experiencing health challenges with their wide range of skills and experience, and the clear passion they have for their work. It is also very important to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the volunteers and students, whose hard work is greatly appreciated.

“I am working hard to raise awareness for mental health challenges, and will continue to raise these issues in Parliament and actively work with local organisations to support their essential work.”

Mick Morrow, College Lead said, “Today was a fantastic opportunity to meet Adrian, introduce him to the current services that the college provides to the Black Country community, and also provide an opportunity to showcase the ethos of the college and the work of the Trust as hope, opportunity and choice and the work that we have achieved so far.”

If you would like further information on the Recovery College, including the latest college prospectus please visit http://www.therecoverycollege.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/therecoverycollegeBCPFT/

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.

BCPFT supports Nutrition and Hydration week 2017

Nutrition and Hydration Week, 13th – 16th March, aims to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings. 

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are supporting and promoting Nutrition and Hydration Week through a variety of different ways for patients, staff and visitors throughout the week. Across all Trust cafes, healthy and freshly made smoothies will be on offer to all patients and staff. Alongside this, healthy meal deals with a free bottle of water will also be on sale to highlight the importance of keeping hydrated.

Both Edward Street Café and Penn Hospital Café will be holding a Test Your Nutrition Knowledge Quiz in the week. Edward Street Café will be holding their quiz on Tuesday 14th March and Penn Hospital on Wednesday 15th March. Bottles of water and fruit will be given to all quiz participants which has been kindly donated by Bidvest Food service.

Nutrition and Hydration week is a great opportunity for everyone – staff and service users – to think about and encourage good nutrition and hydration practices.

For more information, visit www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk

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.