Our future

For some time Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) have been exploring ways of working closer together, so we are announcing plans to work together to become one organisation.

The Board of Directors of both Trusts believe that coming together as one organisation brings a number of benefits.  We are entering into a partnership of equals to develop clinically led strategies that drive sound models of care, which will ensure we deliver excellent quality services acknowledged by all our stakeholders.

As a single organisation we will be in a strong position to recruit and retain our workforce; develop new services, share and create efficient ‘back office’ services that support, develop and engage our workforce, whilst also embedding a culture of learning and continuous improvement. As a single Trust we will also be able to respond with a united voice to the requirements of the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Both organisations have a strong reputation for delivering high quality services and we’ve already seen some of the benefits of working more closely together. The launch of the new specialist community perinatal mental health service, and the development of an electronic patient record system shared by both trusts, are just two examples of successful joint projects working to improve services.

It is anticipated that the merger will be completed by spring 2020, subject to appropriate regulatory approval.  We will keep you updated throughout our journey and as we meet key milestones. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact dwmh.communication@nhs.net

Merger website

For latest updates and key documents visit our merger website www.ourmerger.org