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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.

Patients to benefit from work with wellbeing charity

Patients at Penn Hospital are set to benefit from a collaborative working arrangement with health and wellbeing charity, Kaleidoscope plus group to aid continued recovery in the community. The drop-in sessions will provide a visual link with a facilitator from Kaleidoscope plus group and a friendly face from the occupational therapy team at Penn hospital which aims to help soften the anxieties of attending new groups in the community.

The sessions will allow patients to register with Kaleidoscope plus group which will enable them to start accessing groups as soon as they can. The session are also used as an informative group to make service users aware of what groups are within the Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.

Zoe Murphy, Occupational Therapy Instructor-Exercise said: “After seeing how well the relationship between Sandwell Kaleidoscope plus group worked for services users at Hallam Street Hospital, when I moved to Penn Hospital in early 2015 I quickly made it my mission to create the same links for patients in Wolverhampton.

“Initially Kaleidoscope plus group agreed to come onto Penn site to hold a drop in group for in patient service users, initially this was once a month, it is now been held bi-monthly. This is to try and establish a link for service users on discharge and to advertise that there are other services out there who can offer supportive groups away from Penn hospital which are free, accessible and safe. The end goal in mind would to hopefully help build service users confidence, interpersonal skills, coping mechanisms etc. Therefore hopefully reduce the reoccurring hospital admissions.

“The response we have had so far has been very positive from patients and we’re looking forward to seeing where the collaborative working can take us.”

Kaleidoscope plus group is a leading health and wellbeing charity providing services to promote positive mental health. They host a series of community activities such as knitting groups, sports activities, mindfulness walks, and managing emotion sessions. They also hold weekend activities like cinema visits, pub lunches and day trips to aid with recovery and relationship building.

Trust Health Visitors support Dudley Play Week

Health Visitors at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting Dudley Play Week in July and August to help raise the profile of the service and what it can offer to parents.

Dudley’s popular play week event, which is set to keep children entertained across five borough parks, invites young people of all ages to come along and enjoy a range of play activities on offer starting from Monday 31st July.

During the week there will be group games, sports and stalls. Most of the activities on offer are free of charge.

This year the week starts off at Huntingtree Park, Halesowen, on Monday 31st July, Silver Jubilee at Coseley on Tuesday 1st August. Wednesday’s event (2nd August) will be at Mary Steven’s Park in Stourbridge. Dudley's Priory Park will host on Thursday 3rd August and the week will conclude on Friday 4th August at The Dell, Brockmoor, Pensnett. Each event starts at noon and finishes at 4pm.

Joy Williams, Service Manager, said: “Play week is always hugely popular and sees thousands of children and families come along to enjoy the activities on offer. It’s a great way for children to enjoy traditional activities, learn new skills, make friends and most importantly have fun.”

“As a service we aim to empower families to provide the best possible start in life for their children. We encourage parents to drop into our stall and ask any questions they may have about the early years.”

Participants just have to complete a basic registration form at each park to join in the fun. Children under eight years need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information visit www.sycamoreadventure.co.uk, call 01384 813755 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cheryl saddles up to raise funds for Children’s services

cheryl bikingCheryl Newton, General Manager for Children, Young People and Families will be saddling up this July and setting off on a 100 mile bike ride – all to raise funds for the Trust’s charity.

To celebrate her 50th birthday, Cheryl will join another 25,000 amateur cyclists in undertaking the Prudential Ride London to raise additional funds for CYPF equipment which is not provided through core NHS funding.

Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling. The fifth race will take place over the weekend of 28-30 July 2017.

Cheryl said, “I started as a student nurse in the NHS over 30 years ago and have enjoyed a fabulous career working with many people both patients and colleagues.

Within my role I have had privilege of nursing and working with many children and their families who often experience challenging times with ongoing physical and mental health issues.

Cycling and nursing are both great passions of mine and it seemed fitting to bring the two together in this way. Money raised by this event will help fund additional facilities to improve patient experience of our children’s community and CAMHs services and all funds raised help make a huge difference to us!”

If you want to show your support, visit Cheryl’s fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cherylnewton1.  To find out more about the Trust’s Charity view the webpage. 

Afternoon tea to celebrate the work of carers in Sandwell

carers week 17 afternoon teaOn Wednesday 14th June, Carers Team staff along with carers and families gathered at Bristnall Hall Road, Oldbury for a fun-filled day of activities including information stands and afternoon tea with cake and sweet treats to celebrate the work of carers in Sandwell.

Staff were on hand to chat to carers about how the Trust can continue to help build a carer friendly community and provide much needed services for our carers.

Linda Price, Team Manager, said “We recognise the valuable role carers play and want to support that role as much as we can.  It is well documented that people providing high levels of care are more likely to suffer long term illness themselves and we see first-hand that our carers are so busy looking after their loved one that they often neglect their own health.

“We are really pleased that the day was such a hit and we were able to give carers their much needed downtime to come together and eat, drink and talk in a stress free environment!”

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to involving and supporting carers in the work that we do by providing carers with a range of guidance and information with 1-to-1 support visits and education group sessions. For more information about the Trust’s Carers Team visit their webpage.

Trust celebrates research on Clinical Trials Day

Black Country Partnership NHS Founation Trust is celebrating Clinical Trials Day on Saturday 20th May by raising awareness on how patients can get involved and contribute to research, as well as highlighting the current studies that are taking place in the Trust.

During 2016/17, over three-hundred patients have taken up the opportunity to participate in research at the Trust and have helped clincial research in the West Midlands reach over 50, 000 participants.

Each year, International Clinical Trials Day celebrates clinical research all over the world, and highlights the important impact research has had on medicine. The day celebrates the anniversary of the first clinical trial by James Lind in 1747 into the causes of scurvy on board the HMS Salisbury.

John Roche, Consultant Psychiatrist, said: "Our Research and Innovation team are passionate about putting research at the heart of what we do as a Trust. Clinical studies are vital for increasing knowledge and making new treatments available, and we know participants real value the opportunity of contributing to these advances. We are very proud of the work we do and want to keep pushing research forward!

"We were chosen as one of the UK sites for a study looking at novel medical treatment for Bulimia Nervosa. The study open this month and we were the first site in the country to recruit - a brilliant achievement. This was made possible by an excellent team and the support we have had in developing our research facilities.

"We are always keen for ideas and suggestions about the work we do, and would love to hear from patients if you are interested in getting involved."

If you would like more information on the Bulima Nervosa trial and other clinical trials running across the Trust, please contact the Research and Innovation team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beat the heat: stay safe in hot weather

Most of us enjoy sunny weather, but extreme heat can seriously damage your health. During a heatwave, when temperatures stay really high day after day, it can sometimes be fatal.

The safety message is to enjoy the hot weather but be sensible. Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives.

To help handle the heat, the Government has released advice for individuals, local authorities and health providers on how to look after themselves and support others during heat waves.

The aim of the campaign is to raise both public and professional awareness of the health impacts of severe heat by preparing for, alerting people to and helping to prevent any major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England. The campaign recommends a series of steps to be taken to reduce the risks to health from heat.

You can learn how to ‘beat the heat’ this summer with these series of steps by viewing the campaign’s poster and leaflet.

Other documents: 
Heatwave Plan for England - Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave, advice for health and social care professionals 
NHS England 'Severe Weather' page

You can also find more resources by visiting the Department of Health page.

Join us at local dementia networking event!

dementia networking posterBlack Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Community older adults Occupational Therapy Team are encouraging the public to talk about dementia at a local networking event on Saturday 20th May.

The event has been set up in conjunction with Walsall’s Pathways for Life to share experiences and services currently being provided for people living with working age dementia across the Black Country.

Charlotte Stocker, Occupational Therapist said: “The event is a great opportunity for the team to promote the role of occupational therapy in dementia services and highlight the good work we are doing in our existing Young Onset Dementia Awareness Course and Young Onset Dementia Activity and Support group in Sandwell”

“As a team we understand that it can be difficult to talk about dementia, you may feel worried or confused about the condition. Therefore we are actively encouraging members of the public to drop into the event and ask any questions they may have about the condition and to share their experiences with the team on Saturday as we unite against dementia’’

The 15th – 19th May marks Dementia Awareness Week which is supported by the Alzheimer's Society. The Alzheimer's Society is a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia.