News Archive 2015

Raising money for Alzheimer’s Society

Dawn Roe, Older Adult Inpatient Team Administrator at Bloxwich Hospital, will be taking part in Cannock Chase’s Memory Walk this year on 4 September.

People take part in Memory Walk for many reasons and dementia can affect anyone from friends, family to colleagues. The Memory Walk offers people a chance to come together and celebrate the lives of people who have had dementia or who are currently living with the condition.

Dawn Roe’s mother was diagnosed at 58 but the symptoms were quite evident before that and at 56 she started to have difficulty with days of the week and once went to work on a Saturday. Denise forgot to pick her grandchildren up from school one day and that was a tell-tale sign.

Dawn said: “I did my first Memory Walk last year at Cannock Chase and really enjoyed it. I had thought about it for such a long time but with having my mum at home it was harder to actually do it. Now she is being looked after by the professionals I thought it was time to do the Memory Walk.”

“I think my inspiration for taking part was how the lives of me and my family have been turned upside down by Alzheimer’s disease and I am very driven to try and help other families understand the disease along with what the person with dementia is going through because it can be very frustrating if you don’t know what is going on.”

The Memory Walk raises money to help research dementia and care for those living with the condition. To find out more about the Cannock Chase Memory Walk or to donate to Dawn, visit her justgiving page.

Staying safe during Ramadan

As you may be aware, the fasting month of Ramadan has started for Muslims. During Ramadan, it is obligatory for all adult Muslims to fast during daylight hours. This year, the month of Ramadan started on 6 June 2016 and lasts for approximately 30 days with Eid being on the 5 or 6 July. The fast of Ramadan starts at dawn (2:30am) and ends at 9:30pm, making the fast around 19 hours long.

In order to ensure the wellbeing of the public, service users and staff, NHS Choices have produced a handy fact sheet on Ramadan. For more information, please contact the CDW team on 01384 366517.

‘Curing Alzheimer’s’

From 2013 – 2014, the Trust took part in a study which involved participants from our Memory Assessment Service in Walsall. The Principal Investigator (PI) for the study was Dr Usman Khalid.

The study, named GREAT (Goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation in early-stage dementia: multi-centre, single-blind randomised controlled trial) will be featured in a BBC Horizon documentary called ‘Curing Alzheimer’s’ which will air tonight (11 May) at 8pm here. The documentary will be talking specifically about ‘GREAT’ and will include interviews with therapists and the Chief Investigator, Professor Jan Oyebode, who was instrumental in getting the study adopted at the Trust.

We’d like to give special thanks to all those involved in the study including Dr Khalid, Stuart McKay and everyone at the Memory Assessment Service. If you are interested in taking part in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies, either as a PI or co-investigator, please contact

Feelgood Choir

Four years ago, Dudley Mind set up the ‘Feelgood Choir’ to help improve mental health and wellbeing. However, they are no longer able to fund the group that, with fundraising, will continue to run. The choir is open to all, with no auditions. Songs are learnt by listening to the choir master, Martin, and singing the words back to him. Songs are always uplifting and inspirational and include a variety of material, motown, easy listening, gospel and more.

There is a growing body of evidence that singing as part of a group can have a range of health benefits. Being part of a cohesive group, adds to the experience of making music, boosts mental health, and yields high levels of psychological wellbeing. People who sing in a choir have a strong sense of being part of a meaningful group. Working together to achieve a goal gives everyone a real sense of belonging. Read More

Dry January 2016

The New Year is a time for resolutions and change, so why not be a part of Dry January to kick start your 2016. The campaign was set up by Alcohol Concern, the national charity dedicated to tackling the harm caused by alcohol to individuals, families and society. All money donated will help Alcohol Concern provide awareness, get young people involved in conversations around alcohol for the first time, and help to protect families. If you need inspiration and ideas for your fundraising, click here.

Not only will you help the wider society by taking part in the campaign, you’ll also be helping yourself physically and mentally. Alcohol is known to be a primary cause of many health issues ranging from cancer to diabetes. It can also be damaging to your mental health, leaving many drinkers feeling tired or depressed. The campaign is also a great way to save money! More information on alcohol and unit guidance can be found on the NHS Choices website.
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Apprentice shortlisted for top award

One of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s former apprentices, Kirsty Hadley, has been shortlisted for a regional apprenticeship award.

Kirsty has been shortlisted in the non-clinical, Apprentice of Year category at the Health Education West Midlands, NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards 2016.

During her time as Business Administration Apprentice, Kirsty worked in our Estates and Facilities department supporting the helpdesk and wider team. Since completing her course she continues to work for the Trust through our temporary staffing service.

Feedback from colleagues has been overwhelmingly positive with her mentor, Karen Wallace commenting: “Kirsty has developed into a confident, competent and extremely knowledgeable colleague. I truly believe that she will succeed in everything she sets out to achieve and will become an integral part of the future of the NHS.”

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Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have announced plans to form a new partnership

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have announced plans to form a new partnership.

This innovative partnership aims to sustain and improve clinical services, offering greater opportunity and choice to patients, families and carers. It also aims to deliver greater efficiency, improve the ability to invest in facilities, and offer more opportunities for new and existing staff.

In September, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust approached like-minded healthcare organisations in the West Midlands to identify interest in a potential partnership. Those who expressed an interest submitted their bid during November, with the Trust Board making the final decision on the preferred proposal.

Joanna Newton, Chair of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commented: “Our Board welcomes the opportunity to work with our new partners to explore how we can develop innovative new services for our patients and carers, whilst best sustaining our current services. Throughout the process we have engaged with a range of people including governors, commissioners, staff, local authorities and healthcare organisations, to ensure that our plans were well informed and supported. We will continue to involve the people who matter – those who use our services – in helping to shape the future of healthcare for our local communities.” Read More

Walsall schools to take part in pilot to improve mental health services for children

Hundreds of children across Walsall will benefit from improved access to local mental health services, following the Government’s announcement that Walsall has been chosen to be part of a new national pilot scheme.

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, was successful in its application to be part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Schools Link Pilot Scheme. A joint initiative from the Department of Education and NHS England, the scheme aims to improve links between schools and health services and make it easier for children and young people to access local, specialist mental health services.

Ten schools across Walsall – including three primary schools, six secondary schools and a specialist school – will take part in the 12 month pilot. Each school will have a named mental health lead whose role will be to work closely with local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Staff at each school will also take part in training to improve their knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues among children, the local NHS services that are available and how to refer children to these services. Read More

CQC inspection 2016

The CQC will be inspecting Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on 1st February 2016. They would like to gather information from people with learning disabilities, their families and carers about our services so that they will know what to look out for during their inspections.

It is very important for the CQC and the Trust to hear from people with learning disabilities and their families as they are the experts in their care. This feedback is vital to improving our services for all of our patients.

If you have had any experience with our services, we would encourage you to take part in giving feedback. To give feedback, patients can email, phone or write to the CQC, for more information, please see here.

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Mental Health Forum on Dementia

Our next Mental Health Forum will be held on Thursday, 17 December, on dementia. The forum will offer insight into the condition along with advice and information on caring for someone with dementia.

Topics and events will include an introduction to the condition, Dementia Care Mapping; Changing the way we care, Caring for carers, a Dementia Friends training session, networking and a free Christmas lunch! Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about local services, ask questions and network with local organisations.

The event will be held on 17 December 2015 from 11am – 2pm at Richardson Hall, Wordsley Community Centre, DY8 5PG.

Please book your place before attending the event, to book a place at the forum or if you would like to have a stall to promote your service, resources and support available, please contact the Communications Team at or call 01384 325015.

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The Power of Peer Support

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, alongside Dudley Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, are hosting a free event for service users that will explore the ‘Power of Peer Support’.

Peer support is the help and support that people with lived experience of a mental illness or a learning disability are able to give to one another. It is a very powerful tool that can support recovery.

Find out about how to get the most out of the support that’s on offer in Dudley and hear from people who have benefited from peer support. There will also be a chance to network with local organisations and lunch will be provided. Although we will be facilitating the event, we hope that it will be very much led by service users.

27 November
11am – 3pm
Cable Plaza
Waterfront West
Brierley Hill

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Carers’ support group invite

Next Wednesday, the Trust is hosting a support group for carers of anyone accessing the Early Intervention in Psychosis service. It’s an informal opportunity to share experiences, meet staff and other carers, and find out what help is available. The details are as follows:

Date: 11th November
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
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Local people score Trust highly in community survey

The Trust has scored highly in a survey exploring experiences of mental health care, based on the views of local people.

The Trust scored highly for service users rating their experience as ‘good or very good’ in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Community Mental Health Survey. In the same survey, 98% of respondents reported that they felt that they knew who to contact if they have a concern about their care.

The Trust achieved a response rate of 32% – higher than the national average and significant improvements from last year’s survey were made in areas including patients being aware of who is in charge of their treatment, receiving information about their medicines and medication being reviewed.

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Dignity in mental health – profiling our Dignity Champions

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day (10th October) is dignity in mental health. As a Trust, our Dignity Champions play an important role is raising the profile of the dignity agenda amongst staff, patients and carers.

All of our champions have signed up to the 10 Dignity Do’s, a list of actions and attitudes that ensure we respect people's dignity. This is an important area of focus for our champions, who aim to live and breathe these values in their work. Read More

Walsall CAMHS hosts successful open day

camhs open dayEarlier this week the public were welcomed to Canalside, as the Trust showcased its range of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Walsall.

The open door event was well attended by parents, school groups and representatives of external agencies such as youth support clubs, health centres, SureStart and Connexions.

Professionals from all services, including early intervention, psychotherapy, eating disorders and learning disabilities, were on hand to explain the work they do and answer any questions.

There was a friendly, informal atmosphere, with lots of free resources for visitors to take away and plenty of refreshments on offer too. Feedback from those in attendance was overwhelmingly positive; many praising the helpful and informative staff. Read More

Dawn Jones Art Prize winners announced

IMG_0051In 2015, we were delighted to host the Dawn Jones Art Prize again, which invited people with experience of mental health to create artwork.

Now in its tenth year, the competition was set up by Maureen Jones in memory of her daughter, Dawn Jones, who tragically committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 25 following a long battle with depression.

Previously, the competition was run by Walsall Service User Empowerment (SUE) but last year was taken over by the Trust, opening the competition to residents in both Dudley and Walsall.

This year, people were invited to enter artwork into one of two categories: ‘What makes me happy’ and ‘What I am hopeful for’. We received many excellent entries, and our judges had to make some very difficult decisions in choosing the shortlist and winners.

This year’s winners, Susanna Frances and Alan Daffern, were presented with trophies by David Matthews, Non-Executive Director at the Trust, at a prize giving event on 28th September.

They both won £100 in vouchers of their choice and the long-term display of their artwork in our Trust buildings. Ten other shortlisted entries were exhibited at The Crossing at St Paul’s in Walsall throughout September. Read More

West Midlands mental health trusts forge alliance to transform acute care

Four mental health trusts in the West Midlands have come together in a unique new healthcare alliance to transform the way acute mental health services are provided.

The Mental Health Alliance for Excellence, Resilience, Innovation and Training (MERIT), which comprises Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, has been successful in a joint bid to be part of the latest wave of NHS England’s New Care Models Vanguard programme. The purpose of this programme is to develop radical new options for acute care collaboration to put the NHS Five Year Forward View into action.

The alliance will focus on three priority areas where the greatest challenges for urban mental health services exist and where it can rapidly realise quality and efficiency benefits, spread best practice and reduce variations in cost and quality through integration across current geographical and organisational boundaries.  These areas are seven day working in acute services, crisis care and the reduction of risk, and promoting a recovery culture.

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WellMind app shortlisted in national awards

Our WellMind app has been shortlisted in the Innovation in Mental Health category at the 2015 Health Service Journal Awards. The WellMind app, which launched on World Mental Health Day last year, offers a wide range of advice, tips and tools to help people look after their mental health and wellbeing. Developed in partnership with staff and service users, the app has already received over 6000 downloads – a number that continues to grow.

Marsha Ingram, Director of People and Corporate Development, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in these prestigious healthcare awards. We are pleased that the app is proving to be a valuable source of information and support, and we hope that as a result of being shortlisted we’ll see even more people benefitting from it.”

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Recognising Success Awards 2015

Do you know someone who deserves a special thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty?Recognising Success bg

We are looking for nominations for our annual Recognising Success Awards, to acknowledge those staff members whose hard work, compassion and commitment has made a real difference.

The public categories for this year’s awards are:

Unsung Hero, The Darren Cartwright Award – An individual or volunteer who goes the extra mile to provide a service.

Frontline Team of the Year Award – This award recognises teams that have made improvements to the safety, quality or effectiveness of frontline services through an innovative approach to work.

Support Services Team of the Year Award – To recognise the invaluable role of staff in support services, such as clinic clerks, secretaries, receptionists, healthcare assistants, audit, HR, finance etc.

Chair's Award, Living the Values – This award is for an individual who demonstrates our Trust values – caring, quality, collaborative and integrity – on a daily basis.

Working in Partnership Award – An individual or team working in partnership to deliver services more efficiently or effectively. The nominee may have worked with internal or external partners.

Patient Champion Award – An individual who has been dedicated to improving services for patients and/or carers. They will have promoted inclusion and engagement. Read More

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will be held as follows:

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 24th September 2015
1.30 – 3pm (preceded by a wellbeing fair which opens at 11am)

Walsall College
The Hub

Littleton Street


11am – Opening of wellbeing fair
12pm – Member seminar  
1.30pm – Opening of Annual General Meeting – David Stocks, Expert by Experience
1.40pm – Apologies
1.45pm – Welcome and Introduction – Danielle Oum, Chair
1.50pm – Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting
1.55pm – Review of the past year, including slideshow of highlights and financial performance summary, followed by plans for the future
2.20pm – Questions from the public  
2.30pm – Closing remarks – Danielle Oum, Chair
3pm – Council of Governors meeting

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Wellbeing fair incorporating the AGM

Come along to our free wellbeing fair incorporating the AGM on Thursday 24 September, 11am – 3pm.

Walsall College
The Hub
Littleton Street

Open to all the event will feature:
•    Information stalls from a range of local organisations
•    Wellbeing advice
•    '5 Ways to Wellbeing' Seminar
•    An opportunity to meet with our Trust Board and Governors
•    Lunch

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Join our Trust Board

We have an exciting opportunity for a new Non-executive Director to join the Trust Board. It’s a chance to share your experiences and make a positive difference to the lives of people in your local community.

Candidates need to have a genuine commitment to excellent health and wellbeing services, along with board level experience in a medical, nursing, or allied field. The chosen candidate will act as Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee and help shape the Trust’s strategy. Read More

Mental Health Forum – ‘Road to Recovery’

Join us for this quarter’s Mental Health Forum covering Community Services and the part they play in each individuals ‘Road to Recovery’.

Wednesday 26th August, 11am – 1pm
The Crossing at St Paul's


The forum will include talks from guest speakers, stalls providing information and advice on services and a chance to talk with mental health professionals. As well as gaining information on services, attendees will be given the chance to network with local organisations and others who have experience with mental health.  Lunch will be provided. Read More

Dawn Jones Art Prize 2015

Calling all budding artists! Enter the Dawn Jones Art Prize 2015. The competition is open to all residents across both Dudley and Walsall who have experience of mental health either as a service user, carer, relative/friend of a service user, or work within mental health.

Maureen Jones originally set up the competition in memory of her daughter who tragically ended her life in 2005 at the age of 25 following a battle with mental ill health. The competition, which has been celebrating Dawn's life for ten years, offers people the opportunity to express themselves and create meaningful artwork for others to enjoy. The event also raises awareness of mental health issues and aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Read More

All staff to earn at least the ‘living wage’

The Trust has committed to paying all employees at least the ‘living wage’, an hourly rate significantly higher than the national minimum wage.

The living wage, which is £7.85 per hour for those outside of London, is a voluntary initiative designed to encourage employers to raise the pay of those on the lowest incomes – ensuring that it covers the basic cost of living. The figure is set independently and updated each year. Read More

Excellent care offered on Clent Ward

Bushey Fields Hospital (125)The care provided by staff on Clent Ward, Bushey Fields Hospital, has been recognised as ‘excellent’ by leading authorities.

It joins three other Trust sites in receiving the top, level 1 rating from AIMS (Accreditation for Acute Inpatient Mental Health Services).

The assessors found that the ward environment, facilities and staff attitude were all of the highest standard. They also praised the team’s communication, creative thinking and emphasis on continued training to improve quality of care.

AIMS is a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society, the College of Occupational Therapists and the Royal College of Nursing. It works to identify wards with high standards of organisation and patient care. Read More

Trust named as a top employer

The Trust has been named as one of the top employers in healthcare, according to the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times.

The list recognises NHS organisations that have worked hard to promote staff engagement and create a positive atmosphere where people can enjoy their work.

Using data compiled from the most recent NHS Staff Survey, independent research firm Best Companies Group analysed each organisation across seven core areas – leadership and planning, corporate culture and communication, role satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisor, training, development and resources, employee engagement and satisfaction. Read More

Our year in pictures

2014/15 has been another challenging yet successful year for our Trust. We have many achievements to celebrate, our year in pictures highlights just some of them. Read More

Top finance team scoops regional award

The finance team at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has scooped an award for excellence at a regional industry ceremony.

The team won Finance Team of the Year at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) West Midlands Branch Awards 2015 at a ceremony on Thursday 11 June.

It was the first awards ceremony held by HFMA West Midlands, and aimed to celebrate excellence in finance departments and to recognise local achievements, hard work and commitment within the region. Read More

Trusts work together on Liaison and Diversion pilot scheme

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have teamed up with Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to help deliver the government’s Liaison and Diversion pilot scheme.

The new service, part of an £800,000 investment across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, has been in operation since April. It sees more mental health personnel based at police stations and courts to ensure people of all ages with mental health issues, a learning disability, substance misuse problems or other vulnerabilities are identified and assessed as early as possible as they pass through the criminal justice system. Read More

Findings from the NDTi pathways and personalisation review

The National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) participated in a detailed review of personalisation in adult mental health across Dudley and Walsall from September 2014 – end January 2015. The aim was to establish whether the local mental health system is fit to support the outcomes people in both boroughs want. The report is available to view here.

Significant progress has been made since 2011, specifically in the number of people with mental health problems accessing personalised care and support in both Dudley and Walsall. There has been an improvement in the range of information and advice available to carers and people with mental health problems. There is also strong commitment from staff at all levels to increase the range of recovery and prevention services available and ensure people experience good quality personalised care and support. Read More

Trust’s employment service gains Centre of Excellence status

The Trust’s Walsall-based employment service has been named a Centre of Excellence in recognition of its success in helping people with mental health problems get back into work.

It is one of only 13 sites nationally to be awarded this status, and, during a recent assessment, staff received particular praise for their commitment and emphasis on the client’s needs. There was also clear evidence of how the service has added value to the recovery process. Read More

Walsall Councillor marks Dementia Awareness Week with ‘memory rose’

Walsall Councillor Richard Worrall marked Dementia Awareness Week by planting a ‘memory rose’ at an event held by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall.

The event, which treated patients and their loved ones to a free meal and celebration, took place on Thursday 20th May to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and inform people of the support and services available to them. Read More

Trust named NHS Employers’ Equality and Diversity Partner for 2015/16

The Trust is pleased to announce that, following a rigorous application process, it has been successfully chosen as one of NHS Employers’ Equality and Diversity Partners for 2015/16.

The 25 partners, which include health trusts, clinical commissioning groups, charities and a commissioning support unit, were selected on the basis of their innovative equality and diversity programmes. Read More

Free ‘Friendly Places’ workshop for faith communities

The Trust is hosting a two-hour ‘Friendly Places’ workshop aimed at making faith communities more welcoming for people experiencing mental illness. Training will be delivered by FaithAction, while free resources and information will be available on the day. Read More

New mindfulness CD launched

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Trust is launching its new mindfulness CD. Seven mindfulness audio tracks, which were developed by Trust clinicians, can now be downloaded free of charge through the website. They will also be available in CD form at a series of events taking place across Dudley and Walsall this week (11 – 17 May). Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week events

For Mental Health Awareness Week, the Trust will be hosting a number of events that aim to improve understanding of mental illness, provide advice, support and potential coping mechanisms. All are free to attend, although booking is essential for Wednesday’s mindfulness seminar at St Paul’s Church. To guarantee a place please call 01384 325 015 or email

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Trust’s app reaches 4,000 downloads

Thousands of people have benefited from free mental hWellmindealth and wellbeing advice after downloading WellMind, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s first mobile app.

The WellMind app, which was developed by the Trust’s staff and service users, offers a wide range of advice, tips and tools to help people look after their mental health and wellbeing.

Launched on World Mental Health Day in October last year (2014), download figures continue to grow, with the app being downloaded by 20 people a day on average.

Gary Graham, Chief Executive the Trust, said: “We are really pleased that people like WellMind, and that they are taking the opportunity to access mental health and wellbeing advice free of charge and literally in the palms of their hands. Read More

Learn about mindfulness and anxiety management at our free seminar

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 11th May – Sunday 17th May and will this year be raising awareness of the benefits of mindfulness. To share these benefits with residents across the borough, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will be holding a seminar which will be delivered by our highly experienced clinical staff.

This free seminar, called Taming the Mind: an introduction to mindfulness and anxiety management, will provide people with an opportunity to take part in some exercises used in Mindfulness and to learn some top tips for using mindfulness in their everyday lives. Read More

Another successful Mental Health Forum

DSC_0023On 23rd April the Trust hosted the first forum of the year, dedicated to delivering information and insight into the mental health of today’s youth and the services that are available.

The forum was well attended by over 45 people, all of which spoke positively about the experience. One said: ‘I have learnt so much about the most important topics surrounding child and adolescent mental health and can approach the issue with much  greater insight.’

The forum offered attendees the chance to ask questions and receive answers from professionals within the service as well as network with others representing several organisations. Read More

The Trust receives top rating from trainee doctors

The Trust has received the top rating from a recent survey of trainee doctors who spent time with us during their rotation.

As a host organisation on the West Midlands North Foundation Programme, we support first and second year trainee doctors on a four month psychiatry rotation. During this time they have the opportunity to work as part of inpatient and community teams, gaining hands-on experience of psychiatry in practice. Read More

Palfrey Sure Start Centre to host Health and Wellbeing drop-in sessions

Starting from May, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will be holding drop-in sessions at Palfrey Sure Start Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. They are open to local residents, who will have the chance to speak to healthcare professionals about any concerns and also receive a free check-up. Read More

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services the focus for next week’s Forum

The Trust is holding a Mental Health Forum on Thursday 23rd April at the Insight Carers Café (Pearson Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3BL). The event, which runs from 11am-2pm, will focus on issues surrounding support for children and young people. Read More

New mental health and wellbeing drop-in sessions at Sainsbury’s Reedswood

Service users, carers and members of the public are invited to attend mental health and wellbeing drop-in sessions at Sainsbury’s Reedswood every third Wednesday of the month. The sessions, hosted by our Experts by Experience (EBEs), offer people the chance to feedback on our services, discuss any mental health and wellbeing concerns, or just come along for a chat and a drink. Read More

Service users and carers invited to Liasion & Diversion showcase event

An event showcasing the Trust’s involvement in the new Liaison and Diversion pilot scheme is being held at Broadway North Day Centre tomorrow (8th April), running from 10am-1.30pm. Discussion will focus on what Liaison and Diversion is about, how the service will be developed, and what carers’ and service users’ can expect.

The new service, in operation as of today (7th April), aims to divert those with mental health issues away from the criminal justice system and into local health and care services provided by the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Read More

AMSPAR award celebrations

On Thursday 19th March 2015, we celebrated the hard work of our AMSPAR (Association of Medical Secretaries, IMG_0410Practice Managers, Administrators & Receptionists) delegates with an exclusive award ceremony presentation here at the Trust HQ in Dudley.

The AMSPAR Level 2 Award in Medical Terminology commenced on 8th May 2014 for a total of twenty four weeks, with delegates meeting every Thursday morning, with an additional two hours or more of home study per week. The aim of the course was to provide learners, who had no previous knowledge of medical terminology with a thorough grounding in the correct construction, recognition and usage of a range of medical terminology. Fourteen members of staff in total took part in the course, eight of whom received distinctions for their hard work and contributions.

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Partnership Makes Plan to Improve Mental Health Care in Dudley

Services and organisations across Dudley have developed an action plan for improving the care for people in a mental health crisis as part of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat. Dudley CCG, Dudley MBC, Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust & partners in the ambulance trust, police and other services came together to sign the concordat in May 2014 and have now developed a joint plan of action for how they will work together to improve services.

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis. It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people in crisis receive urgent mental health care.

In February 2014, 22 national bodies involved in health, policing, social care, housing, local government and the third sector came together and signed the concordat. It focuses on four main areas: access to support before crisis point; urgent and emergency access to crisis care; quality of treatment and care when in crisis; and recovery and staying well.

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said: “I want to congratulate Dudley for its innovative plans to improve mental health crisis care. The ongoing commitment from local services in Dudley will mean that anyone with mental illness gets the right care in the right place and, crucially, vulnerable youngsters needing mental health treatment won’t end up in police cells.

“I look forward to seeing how plans in Dudley develop to make positive changes for good.”

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Local Trust celebrates success during National Apprenticeship Week

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are joining the celebrations this week as apprentices across the country are recognised for their hard work and achievements during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). Apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) which runs from 9th – 13th March 2015 looks at the positive impact apprenticeships have on large organisations like this local health Trust.

There are currently nine business apprentices working across the Trust in various departments, including Clinical Governance and Estates and Facilities. Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for school leavers particularly to gain the experience they need at the start of their working lives, and also offer organisations a great way of introducing new employees into the workforce. Not only are they able to support the wider team, they also bring fresh and innovative ideas to the workplace.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is not just about celebrating though; it’s also about encouraging companies like Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to take on further apprentices. After a successful year, the Trust will shortly be on the lookout for their next set of apprentices to begin this autumn.

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Trust scores highly in national staff survey

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has once again scored highly in the annual NHS Staff Survey.

Our Trust was ranked among the best performing mental health trusts nationally in a number of areas including staff engagement, staff feeling satisfied with the quality of work and patient care that they are able to deliver, job satisfaction, percentage of staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from staff and staff feeling pressure to attend work whilst unwell.

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Help is on the cards

A new help card is to be launched by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust tStaff and service users promoting a new Walsall Substance Misuse Service help cardo support people accessing substance misuse services in Walsall.

The handy wallet sized card has been tailored specifically to support people who have an addiction. It includes important information to help service users and others should they experience a mental health or substance use related crisis away from home. The card contains information including numbers to call and advice on staying safe during a relapse. It also provides space for people to write personal information about their care, key healthcare contacts and medication information.

The launch of the help card coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lantern House addictions services, which began back in 1985 with just one nurse and a social worker offering counselling based support. Over the years the service has grown and now supports over 1000 people towards recovery from addiction. Read More

Bloxwich Hospital celebrates Digni-Tea in Care with 1940s-themed event

On 1st February, it was Dignity Action Day, a national event which sees health and social workers across the country IMG_0211celebrate and promote dignity in their place of work.

Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

Staff at Bloxwich Hospital – the Trust’s Older Adults hospital – did their bit by hosting a ‘digni-tea dance’ for their patients. Service users, carers and members of staff attended the tea dance, which took place on Monday 2nd February.

The day was a great success, with copious amounts of tea and homemade cakes to go around, a performance by a live band consisting of two members of staff, and a 1940s memorabilia room for service users and carers to enjoy.

Service users were able to reminisce on old times whilst celebrating the hard work of the Dignity Champions, who are based across all Trust sites.

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Trust urges public to start talking about their mental health in local ‘Time To Talk Day’ events

On Thursday 5th February, our Community Development Workers (CDWs) will be celebrating ‘Time to Talk Day’ by taking part in two local ‘Time To Talk Day’ events at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley from 11am – 1pm and Alumwell Pleck Surestart Centre in Walsall from 10am – 1pm.

The ‘Time to Talk Day’ campaign, organised by Time to Change, was set up last year in the hope to get people talking about their mental health and challenge those stigmas surrounding mental health issues. Last year's Trust event was a huge success, with over 200 conversations recorded. This year, we hope to do even better!

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