News Archive 2010

Mental Health Trust Rewards Wellbeing Festival Winners – 12/11/10

Wellbeing Festival Winner

Three Walsall residents have been rewarded for coming out on top in a mental health-themed competition designed to promote healthy minds.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust handed out prizes following the contest which tested people’s artistic flair, sports ability and mental agility at the recent Walsall Wellbeing Festival. 

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New Dementia Facilities for Residents of Dudley – 12/11/10

Opening of Multi Sensory Room

Older adults suffering from dementia in Dudley will now have access to the latest in hi-tech facilities as a new multi sensory room is opened at Bushey Fields Hospital.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust have invested in a state of the art multi sensory room purposely designed and built for patients with dementia type illnesses.

The new multi sensory room provides a variety of equipment specially designed to stimulate the senses such as LED lighting which projects therapeutic colours and hidden speakers which emit relaxing music.

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High Profile Additions to Mental Health Trust Board – 01/10/10

The former boss of Her Majesty’s Land Registry and an experienced finance chief have been recruited to the Board of the NHS mental health provider for Dudley and Walsall.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr Stuart Hill and David Matthews as Non-Executive Directors.

The Mental Health Trust was formed in October 2008 to provide high quality inpatient and community services to the residents of Dudley and Walsall boroughs. The Trust provides care ranging from acute and crisis resolution to community services and psychological therapies.

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Experts by Experience Sought in Dudley & Walsall – September 2010

With involvement of service users and carers high on the agenda, our Trust is looking to extend its reach into the communities it serves by expanding its current cohort of EBEs.

Lynne Jankowska, who currently performs an Expert by Experience role for the Trust , said: "People who have used mental health services or cared for a person with mental health issues will naturally have gained a level of expertise through their experiences.  For some years now service users and carers have been able to become involved with service providers to share their views.  The Expert by Experience role is an opportunity for service users and carers to become involved at Trust Board level.  Experts by Experience are crucial to the Board, presenting their perspective and linking the board to mental health issues occurring within communities across Dudley & Walsall.

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Service User Survey Results 2010 – September 2010

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said:

“The service user survey carried out by the CQC is one of many ways that the Trust measures the patient experience of those people accessing our services in Dudley and Walsall. The Trust is committed to listening to all patient feedback and acting where appropriate to build on the high quality care it offers or develop areas that need improvement.

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Walsall Wellbeing Festival – 24/09/10

Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) will be lending its full support to this year’s Walsall Wellbeing Festival.

Now established as the main mental health provider for Dudley and Walsall, DWMHPT staff will be on hand at the event to help raise awareness about mental health and services available locally. The Trust will also be giving out advice on how people can look after their mental health and will be holding a prize draw at its stand for those who are feeling lucky.

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Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust Annual General Meeting 14/09/10

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust, the organisation responsible for delivering mental health services across the Dudley and Walsall boroughs is inviting members of the public to attend this years Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 29th September 2010.

This years AGM will be held in the Stadium Suite at Bescot Stadium in Walsall.
The AGM will reflect the work carried out over the last twelve months such as targets achieved and improvements in services as well as offering the opportunity for members of the public to raise any queries they may have.

The event will start at 3pm and conclude at 4.30pm – all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Opportunity to Shape the Future of Mental Health Services – 24/6/10

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, a relatively young NHS organisation provides mental health services across two Black Country boroughs. Prior to October 2008 these services were provided by Dudley Primary Care Trust, Walsall Teaching Primary Care Trust and Walsall and Dudley Local Authorities Directorates of Adult Social Care.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is solely focused on the provision of mental health and social care services. 

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Volunteers Sought to Protect Rights of Mental Health Patients 18/06/10

Volunteers are being sought by the NHS to help protect the rights of people in Dudley and Walsall who are detained under the Mental Health Act.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is looking for Associate Lay Managers (ALMs) who will play an important role in ensuring that the mental health patients are upheld.

ALMs undertake a statutory responsibility on behalf of the Trust to hear appeals of patients detained under the 1983 Act and to consider discharge when detention is renewed and when Community Treatment Orders are extended.

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Improved Mental Health Services for Dudley – 23/02/10

New mothers suffering postnatal depression in Dudley will be given extra care to help them cope better after birth as part of plans to boost mental health services.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust has developed a Clinical and Social Care Vision, which aims to address gaps in mental health services and support across both boroughs.

The five-year plan outlines a number of service improvements and potential service developments which will improve the care and treatment of people suffering with mental health illness.

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Walsall Psychiatrists Promote Mental Health Through Schools – 16/02/10

Psychiatrists from Walsall took time out of their day job to help promote positive mental health in borough schools.

The clinicians, from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust, joined Walsall colleagues at “A Life Full of Colour”, which was held to demonstrate and promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing in local schools.

A series of activities and presentations helped highlight the importance of looking after children's emotional and mental health needs and considering the affect that parents’ mental health can have on children.

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Nurses’ Across Dudley and Walsall Face the Dragons’ Den 16/02/10

Mental Health nurses from Dudley and Walsall took part in a Dragons Den style event yesterday to mark Nurses’ Day, an annual celebration on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s Birthday.

The event which was held in the style of the well known BBC programme The Dragons' Den offered nurses the chance to present any ideas they have which could improve the quality of mental health services.

Nurses’ from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust, gathered to put forward their ideas and suggestions for new ways of working to provide the very best in mental health services for the residents of Dudley and Walsall.

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Black Country Folk Offered Helping Hand with New NHS Stress Hotline – 07/01/10

People living in the Black Country can access advice on tackling anxieties and depression after the NHS launched a stress-busting helpline.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is encouraging people living in the area to call the NHS Stressline on 0300 123 2000 if they are feeling low and want to talk about their worries.

By tackling depression and anxieties at the earliest opportunity could help to prevent more serious health problems relating to depression and anxiety from developing in the future.

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