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EVENT: mental health forum

Managing and understanding bipolar disorder

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is hosting a free event for members of the public which focusses on the topic of bipolar disorder.

The free mental health forum event, which takes place in the same month as Time to Talk Day*, will explore the ways of how to manage and understand the condition.

Professionals will be on hand to offer top tips, advice and more information on services for those who live with or support someone with bipolar disorder. Attendees will also hear service user experiences and will be able to talk to local services during the networking lunch.

The event is being held on Wednesday 13th February 2019, 11am until 1pm at St Paul’s Church at The Crossing, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DA.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said, “Bipolar disorder is something that affects so many people and so I feel it’s extremely important for more awareness to be raised and that members of the public take the time to understand the condition.”

Free lunch will be provided at the event. To book a place please email or call 01384 325015 to secure a place at this free event or for more information.

*Time to Talk day is a national campaign, taking place on 7th February, which encourages everyone to have a conversation about mental health

EVENT: helping people find work

EVENT: helping people with health conditions find work

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s Thrive into Work service is inviting the public to an event which will give them the opportunity to hear how the team could help them or someone they know find work.

The service, which was launched last year, supports people with health conditions to find, and more importantly, stay in work. Service users who have used the Thrive service will also be on hand to tell their personal stories of how Thrive has changed lives over coffee and cake.

In 2014, 20.5%* of Dudley residents experienced long-term illness or disability which limited them daily. The service can offer support on a one-to-one basis to meet individual needs around employment support, benefit advice and employment retention.

Host of the event David Stocks, who is a former service user and is now employed by the Trust as a vocational specialist, said “We have a very dedicated team who are so passionate about supporting those with a health condition to find work and we are really keen for people to come and find out more about how our service could benefit them or others around them.”

The event takes place at DY1 Community Building, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT, from 10am until 1pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019.

Team still one of the best in the country

Mental Health Employment Team still one of the best in the country

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s employment service has been certified as a UK Centre of Excellence for the second time in a row for its efforts in supporting people with mental health problems get back into work.

Following a recent review by the Centre for Mental Health, the Trust’s employment services have been identified as ‘exemplary’ across the range of indicators for a quality Individual Placement and Support service.

Representatives from the UK Centre of Excellence scored the service a total of 115 out of a potential 125 marks, describing the team as being ‘committed to providing a high quality of care’, ‘dependable’ and ‘always looking for ways to engage with service users’.

The service is one of only 18 IPS Centres of Excellence in the UK and is the first Thrive into Work* provider to gain a Centre of Excellence status alongside being the only Primary Care and Long Term Conditions Centre of Excellence in the country.

Employment and Recovery Programme Manager Vicky Harris said, “We have a very dedicated and experienced employment team who are always proactive in supporting some of the most vulnerable individuals. We always receive great satisfaction when someone we are supporting gains meaningful employment.”

Chief Executive Mark Axcell said, “We are so proud to have upheld our status as a UK Centre of Excellence and I am honoured that we can provide this service to our service users. This is a brilliant result and it is clearly a reflection of the hard work of our IPS team and colleagues within the Trust.”

The employment service hopes to build upon this success over the coming year and support even more people to gain meaningful employment.

*Thrive into Work is a new employment support service that aims to help people find, and more importantly, stay in work

Bloxwich’s Linden Ward receives accreditation

Well done to Bloxwich Hospital’s Linden Ward for achieving its AIMS accreditation. AIMS stands for Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services. It is a standards-based accreditation programme designed to improve quality of care across inpatient mental health wards. Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.

We are delighted to have received accreditation and we will continue to dedicate ourselves to ensuring that service users and their families are receiving the highest quality care. Well done Linden Ward!

DWMH doctor tackles loneliness this Christmas

Dudley and Walsall doctor tackles loneliness this Christmas

A doctor from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health has set up a Christmas gift campaign to support older people who face isolation at Christmas time.

The Christmas gift campaign, supported by a team of volunteers, organises gifts to be hand-delivered to residents in local care homes and nursing homes who have little or no family.

Dr Rashda Tabassum, who is an old age psychiatrist, came up with the idea as part of her role when visiting patients in their home to assess their mental health. Dr Tabassum witnessed how lonely people can become as they grow older and wanted to tackle this loneliness.

According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Dr Rashda Tabassum has also created a how-to guide for people living in other areas who may want to get involved with the campaign as she would like it to grow and be implemented nationally. The how-to guide can be found on the Trust’s website here:

“The response to this appeal so far has been fantastic. We have been able to deliver lots of gift bags to elderly people who may otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.

“I really hope this campaign continues to grow so that we can tackle loneliness and help older people across the country,” said Dr Rashda Tabassum.