New era for Black Country healthcare services

NHS Regulators have given the green light for the planned merger of two NHS trusts in the Black Country.

On 1 April, staff and services from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership will transfer over to Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to form one NHS trust – which will be known as Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

This development will see one main NHS provider for mental health, learning disability and children’s healthcare services across the Black Country.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive of both trusts commented “We are delighted that our plans have been given the final approval and we can now take the required steps to join together.”

“Whilst 1 April signifies an important milestone for us, our focus at the moment is ensuring we are doing all we can to provide safe care and supporting our health colleagues across the system in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both trusts have recently been rated ‘Good’ in their most recent CQC inspections and have seen improving staff survey results. This development only strengthens that work and helps forge future plans around strengthening local mental health and learning disability provision.