DWMH and BCPFT announce plans to merge

Proposal strengthens the future of local health services

Mental health, learning disability and children’s services across the Black Country will be given a boost following a decision by the Boards of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for the two trusts to come together as one organisation.

More choice and improved access to specialist services for people across the Black Country are just two of the benefits of the proposals, which is planned to take place by early 2020, subject to appropriate regulatory approval.

A great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes to bring the trusts to this point, and we have already seen the benefits integration can bring when the two organisations work closely together in partnership.

The chief executives of both trusts said: “We are excited to be coming together as one Trust.  We have been working collaboratively for some time, and the announcement today builds on the joint work our clinicians are undertaking to deliver exciting developments which improve services for people across the Black Country. A recent example of this is the launch of our community perinatal mental health service which has been developed jointly across both trusts.

“Our ambition is to be a national leader in mental health, learning disability and children’s services, and we believe that coming together as one organisation is the best way to strengthen services, and improve care for people across the Black Country.”

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