News Archive 2008

Health and Social Care Awards 2009 – 31/12/08

Following on from our highly successful awards this year, the search is again on to find the best health and social care staff and teams in the West Midlands.  

We all know colleagues who have made an exceptional contribution to health and social care. This might be through an innovative approach that makes a real difference to patients and users or by the sheer excellence of their work and outstanding dedication to the service.

These people deserve to be recognised – show how much you value them, by encouraging them to apply or nominating them for one of these flagship awards run in partnership with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the Department of Health.

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Trust Board now Complete for Mental Health Trust – 22/12/08

The board of directors at a Black Country mental health trust is now complete following the appointment of a new human resources director. Mandy Shanahan has taken up her post as an executive director at the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT), which was launched on October 1.

The Trust Board is the governing body of DWMHPT and is held to account for the organisation’s performance in delivering healthcare and health improvement in Dudley and Walsall.

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New Non-executive Director on Board to Help Mental Health Services in Dudley and Walsall – 19/12/08

A former senior audit partner from Deloittes has been appointed to the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to help shape its strategy and overall direction.

Peter Hartill, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, has been appointed a Non-executive director to the Trust board.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust was launched on October 1 following the merger of mental health services in Dudley and Walsall, which were previously provided by Dudley Primary Care Trust and NHS Walsall.

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Psychologist Receives Award for his Pioneering Idea – 15/12/08

An innovative psychologist at a Black Country mental health trust has been named West Midlands Psychologist of the Year by a national organisation.

Dr Joe Kiff, a consultant clinical psychologist at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT), was given the award by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The 58-year-old received the accolade after developing a special website aimed at helping fellow professionals access the latest research and information on all areas of psychology.

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NHS Awards £1.2 million Contract to Mental Health Trust – 11/12/08

A mental health trust covering Dudley and Walsall has been awarded a national contract worth more than £1 million to provide help and support to Deaf children.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) has been selected by the National Commissioning Group to be one of four centres in England to deliver a national Deaf service for children up to the age of 18 and their families.

The Trust will provide mental health services for children and young people who are Deaf, or who have parents that are Deaf, across central England.

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Log on to 'switch off' – 20/11/08

Walsall residents who are feeling worried, stressed or down are being encouraged to ‘switch off’ by turning on their computers.

The Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is urging people to improve how they feel about themselves by logging onto the internet to use one of two free self-help programmes.

The computer-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programmes can help people suffering from a range of illnesses, including anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and depression.

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Thousands Affected by Stress across Dudley and Walsall – 03/11/08

Busy lifestyles, pressure at work and the ‘credit crunch’ are adding to the stress levels of adults in Dudley and Walsall, experts at a mental health trust say.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust says stress affects thousands of residents in the area it covers.

According to studies, around 14 per cent of people experience moderate or high levels of stress and more than one in 20 suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This means more than 75,000 people across both boroughs could be affected.

But experts at the Trust say many people often do not realise they are suffering with stress.

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Mental Health Team Helps Thousands Every Year – 16/10/08

Tens of thousands of Walsall residents have been given help to overcome mental health problems thanks to a unique team of dedicated nurses.

Between 10,000 and 12,000 residents every year take advantage of the borough’s Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS), which now forms part of the newly created Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The scheme, which aims to give specialist help to people with mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and stress, is promoting its services ahead of World Mental Health Day on Friday (OCT 10).

One in four people experience mental ill health at some point in their life and 90 per cent of these problems are classed as mild to moderate.

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Award-winning Scheme Helps Domestic Abuse Victims – 16/10/08

Hundreds of Dudley women who have suffered domestic abuse have been helped to recover thanks to an award-winning scheme.

More than 200 women have received help from WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger), which now forms part of the newly created Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The scheme, which started four years ago, is promoting its services ahead of World Mental Health day on Friday (OCT 10).

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Events Being Held for Changes to Mental Health Act – 15/10/08

Key changes to the Mental Health Act are set to be explained at two events being held in Dudley and Walsall.

The changes, which will impact on anyone who is or becomes subject to the Act, have been made in order to improve patient care, provide greater patient rights and safeguards and to keep up to date with changes in society and the way we care for people affected by a mental illness.

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'Better Together' – Launch of New Mental Health Trust for Dudley and Walsall – 01/10/08

Celebrating the launch of the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are (from left) Mark Cooke, Dudley PCT Chief Executive, Gary Graham, Chief Executive of the new trust, and Paul Jennings, Walsall Teaching PCT Chief Executive.

A new organisation that aims to improve m­ental health services in Dudley and Walsall will be launched on Wednesday (October 1st 2008) – with the slogan ‘better together’.

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Secretary of State agrees Mental Health Services in Walsall and Dudley are ‘Better Together’ – 18/08/08

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has today announced his support for the establishment of the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The announcement comes after wide-ranging local consultation recognised support for the new Trust which will now see Mental Health Services in Dudley and Walsall provided by a single organisation.

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