News Archive 2011

Look after your Mental Health at Christmas – 22/12/11

The festive period can be a very stressful and challenging time.  For some people the extra pressures of worrying about preparations, finances, relationships with family and friends added to everyday worries, can become overwhelming.  Many experience symptoms of anxiety and stress such as irritability and problems sleeping, difficulty concentrating, fatigue and feelings of panic.
Here are some top tips for staying mentally healthy and happy throughout the holidays:


New Non Executive Director joins Mental Health Trust Board – 07/12/11

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Robin Gutteridge as Non-Executive Director of the Trust Board.

Dr Robin Gutteridge has considerable clinical experience which will enable her to support the visions and values of the Trust.

Dr Gutteridge joined the Trust Board on December 1 and will be in term until 30 December 2015.


Local School Children attend Special Health and Wellbeing Event – 30/11/11

NHS Mental Health staff from Bloxwich took time out of their day job to promote healthy eating, exercise and the importance of clean hands to local school children.

70 children attended the ‘Gimme 5’ event at Bloxwich Hospital organised by staff at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The children from Busills Jones Primary School, Bloxwich C of E Primary School and Lower Farm Primary School took part in a number of activities and competitions.


Funding Boost to Tackle Mental Health Stigma in Dudley and Walsall – 14/10/11

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has backed plans announced this week to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

The Government has announced the Time to Change programme, run by charities Mind and Rethink, will receive up to £20 million funding from itself and Comic Relief.


Staff Award Winners Celebrate – 14/10/11

Staff Awards

Motivation, dedication, creativity and going that extra mile were just some of the themes celebrated at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s annual Staff Awards ceremony. 

More than 150 people attended the event at The Venue, Dudley on Wednesday 28th September including nominees, colleagues, service users, friends and family.


Trust Seeks New Non-Executive Director With Clinical Experience – 21/09/11

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is on the lookout for a senior-level clinical expert who could take on the role of a Non-Executive Director on the Board.

If you have gained senior level expertise in the public, private or voluntary sector and have a passion for mental health, the Trust would encourage you to apply for the position. Preference will be given to those people who have strong links with the Black Country.

Annual General Meeting – 09/09/11

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28th September 2011 at The Venue, 171 – 173 High Street, Dudley, DY1 1QD. This is a great opportunity for stakeholders, partners and members of the public to review the past year and look forward to future plans for the organisation.

The event will be held from 3 – 4pm, with coffee served from 2.30pm.

If you would like to attend please contact the Communications Department via or on 01384 364039.

Fancy Dress Sponsored Bike Ride for Bloxwich Hospital – 01/09/11

Last year over 45 fundraisers took to their bikes to raise over £1000 for Bloxwich Hospital. This year staff and friends of the hospital will be doing the same again to raise money to improve the outdoor equipment and environment at the hospital.

The five mile fancy dress ride will take place on Friday 2nd September at 12.30pm beginning at Bloxwich Hospital, Reeves St, Walsall, WS3 2JJ.  Riders will then travel towards Reedswood Retail Park before returning back to Bloxwich Hospital.

There is still a chance to take part and support the hospital in its fundraising bid. If you would like to join or support the fundraisers please come along on Friday.

For further details please contact Dawn Roe on 01922 608000

Do you Have Any Concerns or Questions about Dementia? – 19/08/11

If you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, and need more information to help understand their diagnosis, further information and support is available at an upcoming event.

The Bloxwich Dignity Champions will be holding a support and information event to answers any questions carers, relatives or friends of those suffering with dementia may have.

On the day they will be a variety of support and information available from charities, occupational therapists, nurse specialists and carers support services. All will be on hand to help answer concerns and questions and provide information on how to access local support groups.

The event will be held on Wednesday 24th August, 12am – 3pm at Bloxwich Hospital, Reeves Street, Bloxwich, WS3 2JJ.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Patients Report Significant Improvements in Care – 08/08/11

Nine out of 10 people who accessed mental health services in Dudley and Walsall said they were treated with respect and dignity, a survey published today reveals a number of improvements in how mental health patients in Dudley and Walsall rate the quality of care they receive.

The annual survey, conducted by Quality Health, asked a sample of people who had accessed mental health services across the nation in the last twelve months to comment on their views and experiences of services. 


Tea and Talk Logo Tea and Talk 2011 – 04/08/11

To mark World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2011, the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging everyone to get together for a good cuppa and a chat. Thousands of people across the UK will be holding a Tea and Talk fundraising event to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

All you have to do is get together a group of friends, family or colleagues, put the kettle on and invite them to make a donation; it’s as simple as that! A good cup of tea and a chat can be very beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing. Talking things through with friends and family can help strengthen friendships, clear up problems and break down stigma surrounding mental health

You can hold your event anywhere. Just invite as many friends, family and colleagues you can to raise as much money as possible to fight the suffering caused by mental illness.

For further information and to order your free Tea and Talk pack visit

Changing Attitudes to Mental Health – 18/07/11

A recent report from the Information Centre for Health and Social Care shows how attitudes to Mental Health are changing for the better.

The Attitudes to Mental Illness 2011 survey report presents the findings of a survey which sought the opinions of almost two thousand adults across England in February/March this year.  

The report for the Department of Health concludes that more people regard mental illness as an illness “like any other” and far fewer assume that people with a mental illness are dangerous.  However 43% of respondents said they would feel uncomfortable talking to their employer about their mental health and 17% said they think mental health facilities in a residential area downgrades the neighbourhood, highlighting that although attitudes towards mental health are beginning to change there are still some stigmas associated with mental ill health.

Click 'Read More' for further findings and to read the full report.


Disco Dancers Disco dancers raise £300 for hospice – 22/06/11

Community-spirited party-goers have danced their way to raising more than £300 for St Giles Walsall Hospice following the success of a recent fund-raising disco. Revellers attended the event – which was organised by staff at the Dorothy Pattison Hospital, in Walsall – at the Corpus Christi Social Club, in Ashmore Park. Organisers hailed the event “a big success” and wished to thank all who supported it.

Pride at the Heart of Nursing in Dudley and Walsall – 13/05/11

Pride at the Heart of Nursing

Mental health nurses in Dudley and Walsall have marked Nurses’ Day by launching an initiative to emphasise PRIDE at the heart of nursing in the boroughs.

The PRIDE initiative has been introduced by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust as a way of recognising and valuing the key role played by nurses every day in offering high quality services.

PRIDE stands for: Professional, Respect, Innovation, Dignity and Effectiveness, all key elements of the nursing role.


Royal Wedding Celebrations – 03/04/11

Patients at Bushey Fields and Dorothy Pattison Hospital enjoyed a right royal wedding celebration on Friday 29th April with a specially prepared buffet for the occasion. Visitors and carers were invited to join service users for lunch on the wards decorated with union jack table cloths for the day. The events were a resounding success for everyone involved. A big thank you goes to all staff for their hard work in making the day one to remember!

Staff Survey Boost for Mental Health NHS Trust – 28/03/11

A Mental Health NHS Trust in the Black Country has been given a huge ‘thumbs up’ by workers in the National Staff Survey – outscoring many Trusts across the country in staff satisfaction and opinion.

The positive results released today (Wednesday) from the annual NHS Staff Survey are a big boost for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust – particularly at a time when the NHS is going through a dramatic change.

The survey, carried out by independent company Quality Health, showed big improvements compared to last year on a range of areas. Many results were above the national average when compared to similar mental health providers.

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Take Action for your Mental Health – 22/03/11

Did you know Depression and Anxiety are the most common forms of Mental Distress in the UK?

With Mental Health Action Week approaching health professionals from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust are urging people to take time out to look after their mental health.

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