News Archive 2013

Remember to Choose Well over Christmas – 19/12/13

The public are being encouraged to choose their health services wisely over the Christmas and New Year period.

In Dudley and Walsall, there are a range of NHS services available to help with a variety of illnesses and injuries including pharmacies, GP practices, out-of-hours services, NHS111 and walk-in centres.

With the many services that are available, it can be confusing to decide where the best place is to be treated. Below are some examples of conditions that you might experience at Christmas and where to go for advice and treatment.


Mental Health Nurses Offer Local Students Advice on Coping with Stress – 10/12/13

Left to Right: Aleisha, Danny and Sarah at Walsall CollegeMental health nurses offered local students help and advice on managing stress as part of a radio podcast which will be broadcast across Walsall College.

Aleisha Dean and Sarah Greswolde, primary care mental health nurses from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, were interviewed by media student Danny Watson. Danny asked them a range of questions around stress, including what the symptoms are, how you can manage it, and the best way to help family or friends who are suffering with stress.

Commenting on the experience, Danny said: “It was really interesting to hear about stress and to get advice on managing it. It’s nice to know that stress is taken seriously and that there is help out there if you need it.”


Remember To Catch It Bin It Kill It This Winter – 04/12/13

People in Dudley are being reminded of the simple message to use to protect themselves and others from cold and flu this winter: Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

  • CATCH IT – Always carry tissues and use them to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • BIN IT – Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible.
  • KILL IT – Clean your hands with soap and water as soon as you can and make sure you wash them frequently.


Patients Score Trust highly in New PLACE Assessment – 20/11/13

Patients have scored Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s hospitals highly for its good food, clean environment and high standards of privacy and dignity, as part of a new assessment of NHS organisations across the country.

The new Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment, or PLACE assessments, involved local patients and carers visiting the Trust’s three hospitals – Bloxwich Hospital and Dorothy Pattison Hospital in Walsall and Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley – to assess their environment for patients.


Not Sure If It’s An Emergency? Call NHS 111 – 18/11/13

As winter approaches and seasonal illnesses like flu and tummy bugs begin to circulate, pressure on the NHS increases. We therefore would like to highlight the telephone health services that are available in Dudley and Walsall to help people to access the right services first time.

If you’re generally fit and healthy, you may be unsure what to do or where to go with unexpected or urgent healthcare needs. In most instances, people don’t need A&E or 999, and accessing more suitable healthcare could result in being seen quicker.


Trust Employee Runner-up at the NHS West Midlands Leadership Recognition Awards – 11/11/13

Debbie Cooper - CenterDebbie Cooper, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s Vulnerable Adults and Children Lead, was runner-up at last week’s NHS West Midlands Leadership Recognition Awards (6th November).

Debbie was shortlisted for NHS Partnership/System Leader of the Year at the prestigious awards, which invited NHS staff to nominate managers who go above and beyond their role to help improve patient’s health and experience. The Partnership / System Leader Award looks for people who demonstrate a commitment to partnership working that has delivered real improvements in health and wellbeing for individuals and communities.


Dawn Jones Art Prize Winners Announced – 01/11/13

Four budding artists from Walsall were announced as joint winners at this year’s Dawn Jones Art Prize after judges were so impressed by the entries.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is proud to support the Dawn Jones Art Prize, which invites people with experience of mental health issues to create artwork.


Vacancies: Associate Lay Manager X 5 – 28/10/13

We are looking to recruit 5 highly motivated individuals with an interest in Mental Health to join our Associate Lay Manager (ALM) team in the Trust.

ALMs come from all walks of life and are appointed and trained by the Trust to undertake specific duties as defined by the Mental Health Act (MHA).


Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to be part of CQC Inspection Pilot – 25/10/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been chosen to be one of eight mental health and community health services provider organisations that will be inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of a pilot scheme of their new inspection model.


New Information to be Shown in GP Practices – 04/10/13

Please see our information slides, which are shown in GP waiting rooms across Dudley. The slides provide information on the services we offer and how they can help local people, as well as information on how to become a member.


Mental Health Trust Celebrates Five Years – 01/10/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust celebrates its fifth anniversary today (Tuesday 1st October).

Since forming on 1st October 2008, the Trust has provided mental health services to around 100,000 children, adults and older people across Dudley and Walsall. It has treated patients for a wide range of mental health conditions, from common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety to more severe and enduring mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


People Who Use Mental Health Services Urged To Have Their Say – 12/09/13

Dudley people who use mental health services are urged to attend an event next week (Monday 16th September) to have their say on the changes that are happening to mental health services under the “Personalisation” agenda.

The ‘Mental Health Personalisation’ day is being held at Brierley Hill Civic Hall 11am to 3pm. The purpose of the event is to explain what personalisation is and dispel any misunderstandings you may have about it.


Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust Annual General Meeting – 09/09/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is inviting members of the public to attend its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th September 2013.

Employing over 1,000 people, the Trust provides a range of mental health services to children, adults and older people across Dudley and Walsall.


Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust supports World Suicide Prevention Day – 03/09/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is supporting this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2013.

It is estimated that around 4,400 people commit suicide in England each year – that's one death every two hours – and at least 10 times that number attempt suicide. Around 75% of suicides are men and in almost all cultures, the suicide rate rises with age.


Trust organises ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ event in Walsall – 28/08/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is organising a free community event to celebrate World Mental Health Day at Walsall Arboretum on Saturday 5th October.

The ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ event aims to promote the importance of looking after your physical and mental health, and will offer free health checks, quizzes, games, tips on healthy eating, massages, sports taster sessions and lots more.


New Non-Executive Director joins Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust – 02/08/13

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) and Dudley Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have confirmed the appointment of Gill Cooper as Non-Executive Director of the Trust.


Trust Celebrates Official Opening of Canalside – 26/07/13

Canalside OpeningCanalside in Bloxwich, a new facility for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, was officially opened yesterday (25 July) by the Deputy Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Peter Smith.

The new facility houses a range of mental health services for children and young people in Walsall, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the Early Intervention in First Episode Psychosis Service and the Eating Disorders Service. It is also the Central England centre for the national Deaf Children, Young People and Family Service.


Trust Wins Two Equality and Diversity Awards – 01/07/13

Equality and Diversity AwardsDudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has won two awards at the NHS Employers’ Personal Fair and Diverse (PFD) Awards ceremony in London on 26 June.

The Trust won a Certificate of Achievement for its commitment to delivering personal, fair and diverse services. Equality and Diversity Lead Paul Singh was also awarded a Certificate of Achievement for his efforts to engage and encourage staff to promote the NHS Employers’ Personal, Fair and Diverse campaign and help embed the values.


2012/13 Quality Account – 28/06/13

We are pleased to present the annual Quality Account which demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering high quality care and ensuring quality is at the heart of the organisation.


Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Contract Signed – 26/06/13

A new partnership agreement has been signed by Dudley and Walsall councils for the delivery of mental health services.

The arrangement will initially see a three year partnership between the two local authorities and the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust who will deliver the services.

The move formalises the existing informal partnership working in the delivery of mental health services and builds on a history of effective working between health and social care providers locally.


Have Your Say – New Online Feedback Form – 12/06/13

A new online feedback form is now available on our website which allows people to submit their compliments, complaints, concerns and suggestions about our services.

We would like to encourage current and previous service users, carers and families to use this facility to feedback their views on any aspect of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust services. Feedback will be monitored by our Service Experience Desk, which provides confidential advice, help and support.


Conferences Tackle Joint Issues of Parental Mental Health and Safeguarding Children – 29/05/13

Bridging the Gap Conference

Local mental health and social care professionals took part in two groundbreaking conferences to look at how they can work closer together to help parents who have mental health problems and to ensure the safeguarding of their children.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust supported Dudley and Walsall Safeguarding Children Boards in organising the 'Bridging the Gap' conferences in Dudley and Walsall in April and May. Virtual College E-Safeguarding Academy also supported the events.


Bloxwich Hospital Makes Hand Washing Fun for Local Pupils – 13/05/13

Pupils at Lower Farm Primary School in Bloxwich were taught the importance of hand washing to mark World Health Organisation’s Clean Hands Save Lives Day on 3 May 2013.

Over 100 pupils from Years One and Two were entertained by a giant bug and bar of soap, otherwise known as Dawn Roe and Mark Naughton from Bloxwich Hospital.


Walsall and Dudley Service Users Benefit from Six New Minibuses – 09/05/13

Hundreds of service users will benefit from six new minibuses which have been supplied by ISS Facility Services (Healthcare) for the exclusive use of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The 9-seater minibuses will transport service users to and from the Trust’s mental health day facilities and to attend clinical appointments across Dudley and Walsall. They will also be used to transport mail, medical records, bloods and medicines between hospital sites.


Community Events to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week and Equality and Diversity Week – 08/05/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week and Equality and Diversity Week next week (13-17 May).

Throughout the week, the Trust’s team of Community Development Workers will be hosting a series of free events, workshops and activities for service users and families, staff and the local community.


Bloxwich Hospital meets Standards for Privacy, Dignity and Nutrition – 21/03/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is pleased to announce that Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall has met all the national standards around privacy, dignity and nutrition.

This follows a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care, as part of its national review of privacy, dignity and nutrition for older people in care homes and hospitals.

The CQC assessors found that Bloxwich Hospital scored highly on all of the following standards:


Mental Health Trust Welcomes New Nurses – 12/03/13

Mental Health Nurses

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are delighted to be able to announce the recruitment of 24 newly qualified nurses.

The nurses will work with Adults of Working Age and Older Adults mental health services. The induction of the additional posts will increase the service’s clinical capacity and skill as well as help to develop and grow the workforce.

Some of the newly qualified nurses have been supported throughout their University education by the Trust, and will now undertake a 12 month in-house developmental programme, in order for the Trust to give them the best support to do their jobs and deliver high quality services.


Mental Health Trust Support Dignity Action Day – 20/02/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust helped to support Dignity Action Day (1st February) with a special event, bringing loved ones together.

Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall held the event to promote the dignity of those in care by bringing families, carers and service users together for a celebratory lunch.

The event was organised to highlight the importance of dignity in care and taking time out to spend time with those who are receiving long term healthcare in a hospital environment.

Dignity Action Day is a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign to bring care staff and members of the public together to make a difference to those in care and aiming to ensure people in care are treated as individuals, given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily activities.

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New Ward to Offer Improved Hospital Care in Walsall – 25/01/13

Ambleside Ward Opening

A new hospital ward offering improved mental health care for the people of Walsall has been officially opened by the Mayor of Walsall at Dorothy Pattison Hospital.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have invested in the redesigned Ambleside Ward to offer service users a more comfortable and safe environment.

The main benefits of the new ward are a ground floor location, with better access for service users, carers, staff and visitors, offering better access to all hospital facilities and therapeutic services.