Mental Health Trust celebrates ten years

Staff and patients at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) have been celebrating its tenth anniversary during the month of October.

Since forming on 1st October 2008, the Trust has grown from strength to strength offering a range of mental health services to children, adults and older people across Dudley, Walsall and beyond.

During this time, the Trust has recruited over 300 new nurses to work in the local community and at its three hospitals sites; Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley, Dorothy Pattison Hospital and Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall.

Having a firm focus on creating a supportive culture, this year, the Trust was named as one of the top two mental health / learning disability trusts in England for staff engagement via the national NHS staff survey. More recently, DWMH made it to the finals of the Nursing Times Workforce Awards in the category of best trust for staff satisfaction and has also been shortlisted for a HSJ Award in the staff engagement category.

Alongside building our workforce; the Trust has also developed its services such as expanding mental health services for children and young people meaning that more young people have access to the help they need, launching new services such as assessment and treatment for adults with ASD / ADHD and trialling new treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for people living with treatment resistant depression.

Building relationships across the local health and social care economy has always been a key area of focus and over the years the Trust has ensured that developing mental health services remains a priority at all times.

Chief Executive Mark Axcell commented: “Since we formed as a trust in 2008, our vision has been to provide mental health services to patients across Dudley and Walsall with a focus on helping people recover and I am so proud to say that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, this vision has become a reality.

“Over the last ten years we have received thousands of compliments and kind words from service users and their families telling us how our staff and services have helped them. This means a lot to us as a trust, as it proves the real impact that we have on the lives of local people.”

Agnes Wallwork, Expert by Experience added: “It’s fantastic to see the Trust celebrate 10 years and I am especially proud of the work we are doing with families and carers supporting loved ones with mental illness by using initiatives such as the Triangle of Care to help them through difficult times”.