News Archive 2018

Bloxwich’s Linden Ward receives accreditation

Well done to Bloxwich Hospital’s Linden Ward for achieving its AIMS accreditation. AIMS stands for Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services. It is a standards-based accreditation programme designed to improve quality of care across inpatient mental health wards. Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.

We are delighted to have received accreditation and we will continue to dedicate ourselves to ensuring that service users and their families are receiving the highest quality care. Well done Linden Ward!

DWMH doctor tackles loneliness this Christmas

Dudley and Walsall doctor tackles loneliness this Christmas

A doctor from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health has set up a Christmas gift campaign to support older people who face isolation at Christmas time.

The Christmas gift campaign, supported by a team of volunteers, organises gifts to be hand-delivered to residents in local care homes and nursing homes who have little or no family.

Dr Rashda Tabassum, who is an old age psychiatrist, came up with the idea as part of her role when visiting patients in their home to assess their mental health. Dr Tabassum witnessed how lonely people can become as they grow older and wanted to tackle this loneliness.

According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Dr Rashda Tabassum has also created a how-to guide for people living in other areas who may want to get involved with the campaign as she would like it to grow and be implemented nationally. The how-to guide can be found on the Trust’s website here: http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/find-a-service/olderadult/

“The response to this appeal so far has been fantastic. We have been able to deliver lots of gift bags to elderly people who may otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.

“I really hope this campaign continues to grow so that we can tackle loneliness and help older people across the country,” said Dr Rashda Tabassum.

Dudley and Walsall among one of the best

Dudley and Walsall among one of the best according to patients

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s services have been ranked in the top 20%, according the results of a national survey completed by patients.

The National Community Mental Health annual survey, carried out by Quality Health, explores the experiences of patients using community mental health services across the Trust.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust scored particularly well in a number of areas including overall care and treatment, patients’ health and social care workers understanding their needs and medicines and support for patients’ wellbeing.

There are some areas for improvement across the Trust including changes within patients’ care teams and the understanding of some therapies received by patients.

Chief Executive Mark Axcell said, “The results from this year’s Community Mental Health Survey are really encouraging and I want to thank all staff for their continued support to ensure that we deliver high-quality mental health services for people across Dudley and Walsall.

“We are committed to continuously improving patient experience and so this feedback will help us to highlight areas we need to put greater focus on.”

“We have already developed an action plan and hope to build further upon these results in next year’s survey.”

The full report is available from the CQC website www.cqc.org.uk/cmhsurvey

 

 

 

New therapy hub introduced

Therapy hub introduced to help patients lead more independent lives

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are inviting the public to the open day of a new therapy hub which has been developed to empower patients to lead independent lives and help towards more meaningful recovery.

The Birch Unit Therapy Hub located at Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley will give patients the chance to take time away from the ward environment to focus on building self-esteem by taking part in therapeutic activities such as gardening, socialising and painting.

The new therapy hub will open its doors on 1st November, 12noon until 3pm, and attendees will have the opportunity to drop in, receive a cup of tea and a slice of cake and chat to stall holders who can provide more information on a wide variety of mental health services.

Senior Occupational Therapist Catherine Needham said, “We are so excited to open the Birch Unit Therapy Hub and showcase the different therapies we can offer to our patients to help them achieve the best support and recovery possible.”

There will also be new therapy hubs opening at the Trust’s other hospital sites: Dorothy Pattison Hospital and Bloxwich Hospital in the future.

The event is open to patients, families and professionals. For more information, please contact catherine.needham@nhs.net

Mental Health Trust celebrates ten years

Staff and patients at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) have been celebrating its tenth anniversary during the month of October.

Since forming on 1st October 2008, the Trust has grown from strength to strength offering a range of mental health services to children, adults and older people across Dudley, Walsall and beyond.

During this time, the Trust has recruited over 300 new nurses to work in the local community and at its three hospitals sites; Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley, Dorothy Pattison Hospital and Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall.

Having a firm focus on creating a supportive culture, this year, the Trust was named as one of the top two mental health / learning disability trusts in England for staff engagement via the national NHS staff survey. More recently, DWMH made it to the finals of the Nursing Times Workforce Awards in the category of best trust for staff satisfaction and has also been shortlisted for a HSJ Award in the staff engagement category.

Alongside building our workforce; the Trust has also developed its services such as expanding mental health services for children and young people meaning that more young people have access to the help they need, launching new services such as assessment and treatment for adults with ASD / ADHD and trialling new treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for people living with treatment resistant depression.

Building relationships across the local health and social care economy has always been a key area of focus and over the years the Trust has ensured that developing mental health services remains a priority at all times.

Chief Executive Mark Axcell commented: “Since we formed as a trust in 2008, our vision has been to provide mental health services to patients across Dudley and Walsall with a focus on helping people recover and I am so proud to say that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, this vision has become a reality.

“Over the last ten years we have received thousands of compliments and kind words from service users and their families telling us how our staff and services have helped them. This means a lot to us as a trust, as it proves the real impact that we have on the lives of local people.”

Agnes Wallwork, Expert by Experience added: “It’s fantastic to see the Trust celebrate 10 years and I am especially proud of the work we are doing with families and carers supporting loved ones with mental illness by using initiatives such as the Triangle of Care to help them through difficult times”.

Success all around for DWMH

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has received national recognition from the HSJ Awards 2018 by making the shortlist in the Staff Engagement Category.

The Trust developed a staff engagement programme which involved the launch of a new staff recognition scheme and resulted in some of its best ever National NHS Staff Survey results in 2017. The results showed that their overall staff engagement score increased to 3.94 against a sector average score of 3.79 and the Trust was also the top performing mental health trusts in many areas of the survey.

“I am so proud that not only has our staff engagement been recognised by the Nursing Times Awards 2018 but also the HSJ Awards 2018 too. It just shows that all of the hard work that has been undertaken to help improve the way we engage with staff as a Trust has really made a difference and is being recognised at a national level,” said Staff Engagement Lead and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Michael Hirons.

The winner of this award will be announced on 21st November at the awards ceremony in London.

Staff at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health have also been recognised for their dedication and commitment at the Trust’s annual staff awards on Thursday 6th September 2018 where around 150 staff gathered at the Queen Mary Ballroom at Dudley Zoological Gardens.

Individuals and teams were shortlisted for going the extra mile and were presented with awards by senior members, service users and stakeholders.

The awards ceremony would not have been possible without the generosity of event sponsors Kingsway Group and Hydrop and in particular our main event sponsor Kier.

Staff working in both clinical and non-clinical roles received awards in the categories of Values Champion, Rising Star, Working in Collaboration, Leading with Integrity, Support Service of the Year, Frontline Team of the Year, NHS 70 Award and Unsung Hero.

CEO shortlisted for top award

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious leadership award.

Mark, who has worked in the NHS for 26 years, is one of the finalists shortlisted in the Chief Executive of the Year category for this year’s Health Service Journal Awards.

With a background in finance, Mark has worked across all sectors in the NHS including mental health, acute and commissioning.

Since taking up the post of Chief Executive, Mark has had a significant impact on the Trust. He has driven the Trust towards higher and higher standards of service quality, and brought new services into the Black Country. We’ve also seen a marked improvement in staff satisfaction which has resulted in the Trust consistently receiving top scores in the annual NHS Staff Survey.

Harry Turner, Chair of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust commented, “We are delighted that Mark has made the shortlist for Chief Executive of the Year. This is testament to the hard work and open culture he has created during his time with us. He is a true ambassador for the NHS and always puts the needs of our staff, patients and carers first. We don’t think this award could go to a more deserving Chief Executive.”

Mark AxcelI commented, “I am completely overwhelmed and humbled to have been nominated and indeed shortlisted for such a prestigious award especially during a milestone year for the NHS. Throughout my time so far as Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health I have been driven by a desire to not only make a difference to patient care but also to the working lives of our staff, as they are the ones who make the organisation what it is, which is a truly great place to work.”

The winner will be announced on 21st November at the awards ceremony in London.

Invitation to Mental Health Forum and AGM

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is inviting the public to an event which will discuss breaking the silence around suicide at their quarterly mental health forum. The forum will be followed by the Trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The event, which is free and open to all, will be held on Thursday 6th September, 9.30am until 1pm at David Lloyd Club, Brierley Hill, Dudley, DY5 3YP.

The forum will feature guest speakers from the Trust, other local health organisations and service users who will discuss the subject of suicide and the help and support available for those affected by suicide or attempted suicide.

Dr Mark Weaver, Medical Director, said, “We aim to raise as much awareness as possible around suicide, inform people of the help and support they can access and reduce the stigma which makes these issues even more difficult for people to deal with.”

The forum will be followed by the AGM which will give people the opportunity to hear about the Trust’s achievements during 2017/18 and plans for the future, as well as finding out more about the services provided, followed by light refreshments.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, said, “Our AGM is a chance for the public to hear all about our fantastic services, our achievements over the last twelve months and look forward to our plans for the future. Everyone is invited to come along to find out more and pose their questions to the Board and other health professionals.”

If you would like to book a place for the mental health forum or the AGM please email dwmh.communication@nhs.net or call 01384 325015.

Shortlisted for Nursing Times Workforce Award

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health shortlisted for Nursing Times Workforce Award

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has received national recognition from the Nursing Times Workforce Awards by making this year’s shortlist.

The Trust has been successfully shortlisted in the category of Best Place to Work for Employee Satisfaction.

The Trust developed a staff engagement programme and saw some of its best ever National NHS Staff Survey results in 2017. The results showed that their overall staff engagement score increased to 3.94 against a sector score of 3.79 and the Trust was also of the top performing mental health trusts in many areas of the survey.

“I am so proud of all the hard work that has been undertaken to help improve the way we engage with staff as a Trust and the positive way in which staff have responded to this by taking the opportunity to “talk to” the Trust. It’s great to see this being recognised at a national level,” said Staff Engagement Lead and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Michael Hirons.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 4th October at the awards ceremony in London.

The Trust offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities in a variety of fields such as nursing, psychiatry, counselling, pharmacy, accounting, IT, estates and facilities or workforce development and training. To see the vacancies available visit http://jobs.dwmh.nhs.uk/

MERIT award win

L-R: Mohammed Ajaz, MERIT Senior Projects Manager; Dr Mosun Fapohunda, DWMH Clinical Lead; Shakeel Sabir, Head of MERIT Programme; Prof George Tadros, BSMHFT Clinical Lead and MERIT Clinical Lead for Crisis CareThe MERIT programme’s Electronic Health Record Viewer has won the Mental Health Innovation Award at the prestigious Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.  The Electronic Health Record Viewer is an online viewer which allows authorised clinicians to see details of the clinical history of patients whose care is more normally provided by another trust in the partnership.  It works by extracting only the required information from each of the different patient record systems in place across the partner organisations, and displaying it on a standardised screen.

Accepting the award, Shakeel Sabir, head of the MERIT programme, said:

“The review into the homicide of Christina Edkins in Birmingham in 2013 recommended improvements to information sharing between organisations, including NHS trusts, after finding that Christina’s killer had been known to different NHS mental health trusts in the preceding years, in addition to other support services and the criminal justice system.

“The response of the organisations was to seek a means to share key clinical information with each other at a time of mental health crisis.  The resulting Electronic Health Record Viewer went live in January 2018, and has already been used to provide care to scores of patients.

“Key components underpinning the development include a robust Information Sharing Agreement and Standard Operating Procedures, supported by Caldicott Guardians and information governance managers in each organisation; strong co-operation between ICT staff from the four trusts, alongside an external supplier (Intersystems) which built the framework; a phased rollout, beginning with crisis resolution, home treatment and acute liaison teams who were deemed most likely to encounter patients from neighbouring areas; bespoke, online training materials which can be viewed by clinicians at a time of their choosing via their organisation’s intranet; and a targeted communications strategy, aimed at frontline clinicians, incorporating written materials and face-to-face presentations.

“The concept is a simple one: to provide clinicians with up-to-date information which they can use to make swifter clinical decisions.  We believe that this is a product which could be replicated in other areas, not only in the West Midlands but nationally.”

The MERIT programme team has already given around 20 presentations to teams in the partner trusts, demonstrating the Electronic Health Record Viewer.  The earliest presentations have been given to those teams which clinical directors determined were perhaps more likely to come into contact with patients from other areas, such as those working in crisis resolution, acute liaison and criminal justice diversion.

The MERIT partnership consists of the following organisations: 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; Forward Thinking Birmingham (since early 2018).

It was initially established as one of 50 Vanguard programmes by NHS England, charged with developing innovative solutions to local, regional and national challenges in the NHS.  Since April 2018, when NHS England’s funding ceased, the programme has been financed by the partner organisations.

Family fun day in Walsall

To celebrate the NHS turning 70 NHS organisations in Walsall have worked together to hold a Community Fun Day.

The event, which takes place this Saturday (14 July) at Walsall Arboretum is open to the public where there will be food venders, stalls and games. Attendees will also be able to watch NHS staff compete against each other in It’s a Knockout.

During the event the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Marco Longhi will present the Arboretum with a tree on behalf of Walsall NHS, as a token to mark its 70th birthday. The tree will then be planted in the Arboretum’s orchard in the autumn.

The whole event has been organised by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, who have teamed up with Bizz Buzz Events to put on It’s a Knockout, which will feature 12 games in total split over the day with a break in the middle.

Davie Carns, of Lead the Way Fitness will also be there with a coconut shy, penalty shoot-out and retro games and activities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. These activities can be enjoyed by visitors with disabilities.

The event takes place from 10am until 3pm and entry is £1 per person. All money raised will be donated to Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust charity Well Wishers. Parking will also be available on site.

There will also be information stands and craft stalls on the day. If you are interested in having an information stand free of charge or craft stall for a £20 donation please contact communications@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk.

The NHS turned 70 on Thursday 5 July, 2018.

Attracting people to work in health

You can find the full press release here

Mental Health Forum

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are hosting a free event that will explore the topic of stress.

Open to the public, the Mental Health Forum, which takes place quarterly, will explore how we can better manage every day stress. Professionals will be on hand to offer top tips, advice and more information on services for people experiencing stress. Attendees will also hear user experiences and will be able to talk to local services during the networking lunch.

The event is being held on Thursday 28th June, 9.30am until 12noon at Moxley People’s Centre, 3 Queen Street, Wednesbury, WS10 8TA.

Due to the increasing popularity of the forums, bookings are required. Please email dwmh.communication@nhs.net or call 01384 325015 to secure a place at this free event or for more information.

Trust trials employment services

Residents with low level mental illnesses or long-term physical health conditions in Dudley are being urged to sign-up to take part in a new pilot that aims to support people to get back into employment.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is launching the Thrive into Work programme, testing a new employment support service that aims to help people find, and more importantly, stay in work.

In 2014, 20.5%* of Dudley residents experienced long-term illness or disability that limited them daily. To these residents, the service can offer support on a one-to-one basis to meet individual needs around employment support, benefit advice and employment retention. This type of support has been shown to work in other health settings like community mental health services.

Piloting the new service will see participants randomly organised into one of two trial groups – one will receive individual placement and support and the other will receive standard information and signposting that is currently in place. Following completion of the pilot a review will be done to evaluate the success of the new employment support service.

Thrive into Work is a collaboration between different parts of the health service, local and national government. This includes the West Midlands Combined Authority, NHS England, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Department of Health.

George Farmer Manager at the Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to be able to work closely with those who are struggling with health issues that are holding them back from gaining substantive employment. Dudley’s rate of unemployment is higher than the national average** and these vulnerable people within society need our focus to help them make progress. The service will see dedicated employment staff working in partnership with NHS clinicians to develop a greater focus on employment to tackle health outcomes and promote wellbeing.”

This programme is a key element of the Thrive West Midlands action plan developed by the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Mental Health Commission to improve mental health and wellbeing in the West Midlands.

The Trust already provides an Individual Placement and Support service and is one of sixteen national centres of excellence and delivers a range of employment support across the Black Country.

To find out more or to sign-up to the trial visit www.thriveintowork.org.uk or call 01384 324645.

Learn about young people’s mental health

Invitation to learn more about young people’s mental health services

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are inviting members of the public to come and find out more about their local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Staff at The Elms Centre Slade Road, Halesowen, B63 2UR will open their doors on 4 June, 10am until 4pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to drop in throughout the day and find out about the range of services available to young people including eating disorders, ADHD/ASD, psychiatry, family therapy, psychology and speech and language therapy.

Jackie Alexander, CAMHS Pan Trust Manager, said: “We are excited to open our doors and showcase the wide range of mental health services available to children and young people. We hope that by holding these types of events it encourages young people to get the help they need.”

The event is open to young people, families and professionals that work with children and young people. For more information, please contact susan.thomas35@nhs.net

Dementia Action Week

We have a number of activities that are happening during Dementia Action Week (21st – 27th May)! If you want to get involved or find out what’s going, take a look at the table below!

 Dementia Action Week 21st-27th May 2018
Date What’s going on?
Monday 21 May Lego & Meccano Club

10.30am-11.30am

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/cake!

“Teas & Memories”

Tea & Toast

10.30am-12pm

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/toast!

Tuesday 22 May Crocheting & Knitting

10.30am-11.30am

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/cake!

Dementia Awareness Session

12-2pm

“Teas & Memories”

Tea & Toast

10.30am-12pm

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/toast!

Wed 23 May Rag Rug Making

10.30am-11.30am

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/cake!

Activity Open Day for residential & nursing homes, day centres, hospitals, dementia organisation staff “Teas & Memories”

Tea & Toast

10.30am-12pm

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/toast!

Thursday 24 May Time to Remember- Activities for People with Dementia

10.30am-11.30am

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/cake!

Mindful Gifts CIC will be having a stand at

Dementia Awareness Event for the Asian Community 1-3pm

Venue: Pleck (not Mindful Gifts)

“Teas & Memories”

Tea & Toast

10.30am-12pm

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/toast!

Friday 25 May Time for a Cuppa!

Carers Group

11am-1pm

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/cake!

Vintage Tea Party for people with dementia and older people

11am-1pm

“Teas & Memories”

Tea & Toast

10.30am-12pm

Donation of £1

Includes tea/coffee/toast!

Saturday 26 May Vinyl Day-Listen to vinyl records!

10-5pm

 

Dementia awareness in BME communities

During this Dementia Awareness Week we are aiming to raise awareness of Dementia within our communities. One of our consultants produced a DVD called ‘The Journey of Memory’ particularly aimed at raising awareness around Dementia in BME communities.

The DVD includes a short film about a grandfather’s struggle with memory loss and the challenges he and his family face. It also includes information and advice from health professionals about how to cope with dementia and where to go for help.

The DVD is available in Urdu and Punjabi.

You can request a copy of the DVD by emailing dwmh.communication@nhs.net

Improving mental health awareness

Improving mental health awareness within the construction industry

Our employment retention service team in Walsall has supported national civil engineering and infrastructure specialist company Barhale to offer advice and guidance for employees to improve and promote mental health awareness within the construction industry.

We worked alongside Walsall College to deliver a programme around ‘Engineering Better Mental Health Management’ at Barhale’s Walsall headquarters which helped them pick up the Mates in Mind Impact Award at the British Safety Council’s 60th International Safety Awards in May 2018.

Two hundred members of staff at Barhale’s regional operational centres will actively take part in the programme this year and it has already been delivered to over one hundred colleagues!

Event rearranged: Coping with every day stress

We regret to inform you that the Mental Health Forum due to take place tomorrow (Thursday 17th May 2018) from 11am – 1pm at Moxley People’s Centre will now be rearranged to a later date.

We apologise for the short notice and hope that you will be able to attend the forum.

We will inform you of the new date in due course. Keep an eye out on our social media pages for further updates.

 

CAMHS open days

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are inviting members of the public to come and find out more about their local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Staff at Canalside, Abbots Street, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3AZ will open their doors on 3 May, 10am until 4pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to drop in throughout the day and find out about the range of services available to young people including eating disorders, ADHD/ASD, psychiatry, family therapy, psychology and speech and language therapy.

The event will also be replicated at their Dudley base at The Elms Centre, Slade Road, Halesowen, B63 2UR on 4 June, 10am until 4pm.

Jackie Alexander, CAMHS Pan Trust Manager, said: “We are excited to open our doors and showcase the wide range of mental health services available to children and young people. We hope that by holding these types of events it encourages young people to get the help they need.”

Both events are open to young people, families and professionals that work with children and young people. For more information, please contact susan.thomas@dwmh.nhs.uk in Dudley or marie.hodson@dwmh.nhs.uk in Walsall.

Street Triage features on BBC

Black Country Street Triage teamThe Black Country Street Triage team will be featuring in the first episode of BBC One’s Ambulance series which is due to air on Thursday 26 April at 9pm on BBC One.

In January, a film crew spent some time filming with the team to showcase their work with the ambulance service. One of our mental health nurses, Harriet Lawrence will feature in the programme. Alongside Street Triage, one of our Advanced Mental Health Practitioners in Dudley was also involved in the filming and also might feature in the series.

The Black Country Street Triage team is a collaboration between Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service. It sees mental health workers supporting police and ambulance crews responding to 999 calls that require mental health input.

 

DWMH welcomes new NEDs

Following a recent recruitment campaign we are pleased to announce some new appointments to our Trust Board.

Debbie Nixon, Non-Executive Director
Debbie has worked in the NHS since 1981, qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1985. Debbie has operated as an Executive at Board level for the past 15 years working in both commissioning and provider organisations and has spent the whole of her career in the North West.

Christine Fearns, Non-Executive Director
Christine has over thirty years’ experience in the NHS. She began her career as a nurse in 1983. A former Deputy Chief Executive and an experienced NHS Director, she has held a number of senior roles in Acute and Community Trusts and in NHS Commissioning, leading on strategy and transformation.

Adam Williams, Associate Non-Executive Director
Adam is the Regional Operations Manager for St John Ambulance, overseeing operational activity across the West of England and supporting the charity by taking responsibility for Care Quality Commission regulation within his area of responsibility. Prior to operations, Adam was National Head of Volunteering at St John Ambulance driving forward the strategic approach to volunteering and driving large scale organisational change.

Tracey Orr, Associate Non-Executive Director
Information coming soon

We also said fairwell to John Burbeck at the end of March who’s term as Non-Executive Director came to an end.

 

Participants required for new Bulimia study

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are looking for women, aged 18 – 60 diagnosed with bulimia nervosa to take part in a research study to trial a new type of treatment.

The study will see participants trial a nasal spray containing Naloxone Hydrochloride to see if it can lessen the symptoms of the illness.

If accepted onto the trial, participants will be required to take the nasal spray for 8 weeks and visit the research team at Dorothy Pattison Hospital in Walsall four times throughout the trial.

Florence Okwu, Acting Research and Innovation Manager commented “It’s important to develop treatments in healthcare which is why research trials like this are so vital.

“I would urge anyone to get in touch if they fit the criteria so they can play a part in the potential treatment of bulimia nervosa.”

If you would like to find out more or take part in the study contact Florence Okwu on 01922 608299, mobile 07900 651089 or by emailing Florence.okwu1@nhs.net

Bulimia trial information

Vaccine boost for children

This winter the Trust pledged to donate ten lifesaving tetanus vaccinations for every single flu vaccine given to staff who work there.

Staff employed by the local mental health trust were encouraged to get their flu jab to not only protect themselves and their patients from flu, but also help save the lives of children all around the world who will benefit from receiving essential tetanus vaccinations.

As a result of this initiative the trust saw over 70% of frontline healthcare staff get their flu jab this year. These positive results enabled the trust to donate enough funds to provide life-saving vaccines for over seven thousand children in deprived countries.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive Officer said, “By supporting the Unicef initiative our staff know that getting the flu jab this year has not only helped protect themselves and the people around them but has potentially saved the lives of many young children around the world who do not have access to healthcare services.”

 

TALCS service to host community event

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s Therapy and Liaison Community Service (TALCS) are joining up with Walsall Linkline and Pathways 4 Life to host a free event on Wednesday 28 March for members of the public to find out more about the range of services available to older people in Walsall.

The Cake and Community event will take place at Pelsall Community Centre, Station Road, Walsall, WS3 4BQ from 1pm – 4pm. It will celebrate the collaborative working of the three organisations and is an opportunity to gain information about other support groups and activities for older people in the Walsall borough.

To help with the celebrations children from Little Rascals Nursery in Aldridge will be putting on a special performance along with performances from local singers Mark Whitmore and Laura Aston. Artists from Lichfield Festival will also be in attendance gathering stories to contribute to their summer festival project.

Vicki Gobsill, Senior Community Mental Health Nurse from TALCS, said: “Our TALCS team work closely with older adults in the community offering a range of therapeutic treatments to help them with their mental wellbeing. These events give us the opportunity to showcase all types of local services and support people in getting the help they need.”

For more information on the event, you can contact 01922 607209. Booking is not necessary.

 

Top scores in staff survey

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) continues to be one of the top places to work according the results of the national NHS staff survey.

DWMH, which employs over 1,100 staff, has welcomed the results that continue to show improvements with a large proportion of the scores being significantly above the national average.

In the survey, 90 per cent of respondents thought that their role makes a difference to patients, this is the highest score for specialist mental health and learning disability trusts across the country. Over three quarters of respondents believes the care of patients is the Trust’s top priority, significantly higher than similar NHS organisations.

Other areas where we scored highly include staff being able to contribute to improvements at work, staff being satisfied with the quality of care given to patients, and staff believing the Trust acts on concerns raised by patients.

Whilst the majority of the results are very positive there is always room for improvement and we will develop an action plan to address areas where we have scored lower.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive commented “We are delighted with the results of this year’s survey. It’s testament to the hard work of our staff and their commitment to providing high quality care for our patients.

“I’m particularly proud that such a high number of staff would recommend the Trust as a place to work or to receive treatment. Whilst we acknowledge there are many positives we do understand there are areas for improvement. It’s really important that we act upon feedback from our staff, and continually improve our organisation.”

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive commented “We are delighted with the results of this year’s survey. It’s testament to the hard work of our staff and their commitment to providing high quality care for our patients.

I’m particularly proud that such a high number of staff would recommend the Trust as a place to work or to receive treatment. Whilst we acknowledge there are many positives we do understand there are areas for improvement. It’s really important that we act upon feedback from our staff, and continually improve our organisation.”

You can read a copy of our results on the NHS Staff Survey website.

Announcement regarding TCT partnership

Joint press release from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

The Boards of the three trusts within the Transforming Care Together (TCT) partnership* have agreed, after careful consideration, that the integration of the three trusts into one organisation will now not happen.

The three Boards have been spending time reviewing the proposals in light of a number of issues arising, which needed to be addressed in order for the integration of the three trusts to proceed as planned. Over the past few days the Boards of the three trusts have agreed the decision not to proceed.

The key factors taken into account in reaching this decision were:-

  • Strategic fit – recent NHS planning guidance for 2018/19 has highlighted the strengthening role of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) in developing models of care appropriate to their geographical footprints, and the TCT proposal would have operated across two (namely Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country);
  • Clinical concerns – discussions around how best to integrate the three Trusts’ clinical areas have raised a number of challenges for all three organisations;
  • Financial – the financial plan for the integrated organisation would not meet the requirements that are set for the transaction.

The Boards are very much aware and extremely appreciative of the considerable work that staff have put into TCT and are determined to learn as much as possible from the process and continue to share good practice.

In reviewing the benefits identified through considerable hard work in developing the TCT proposal, the Boards feel it is clear that the clinical case identified from working collaboratively on the benefits of a Black Country-wide approach to mental health and learning disability services should continue to be developed further, by the two Black Country Trusts working closely with commissioners and the STP.

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* The three trusts within the TCT partnership are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Working to improve young people’s services

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services team in Walsall have recently undertaken some work with Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to reduce waiting times into young people’s services.

Our staff began regular reviews of caseloads as well as increasing supervision and offering additional training to deal with the growing demand. Our partnership with the CCG saw a GP Liaison service come into place, enabling us to work together across agencies to signpost to the most appropriate services, avoiding any referrals potentially being rejected.

We also commenced our CAMHS crisis team. This allowed for immediate intervention and support for patients who are most at risk. It was also identified that further work could be done with schools and we further strengthened this work by having dedicated CAMHS staff based in schools to help support teachers in managing and recognising emotional or behavioural difficulties.

The service continues to build relationships with local services to help support young people in Walsall. This may mean that young people don’t need to wait to be seen by CAMHS, which can indirectly support schools, local authority staff and carers to support children and young people.

By introducing new initiatives, our service saw a reduction in CAMHS waiting lists as well as being able to offer earlier intervention. Patients and their families no longer needed to wait for extended periods of time for vital support, allowing for earlier intervention.

If you’d like to read more about the work that CAMHS have done, please see the Health Leader News website. For more information about our CAMHS service visit our service pages.

Interested in shaping local maternity services?

NHS trusts in the Black Country are asking pregnant women, new mums and their families to get involved in shaping local maternity services by attending a ‘Whose Shoes?’ listening workshop.

The ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops take place on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March and aim to understand what women and their families want and need at every stage of their maternity journey and will explore options for the development of local services.

The aim is to support the delivery of high-quality healthcare for women during and after their pregnancy as well as for babies, children and their families. It will be vital to gather the views of staff and, importantly, the women and their families who are using the services as their input will help to continue developing maternity services, making them safer and more personalised to meet the needs of women and their families.

The workshop initiative is part of local NHS organisations and Healthwatch teams working together as a Local Maternity System (LMS). The LMS has been set up in response to NHS England’s Better Births report, which sets out a vision for safer, more personalised maternity care that reflects women’s choices and offers continuing joined-up care.

If you would like to attend to give your views and ideas on the future of maternity services, the ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops will take place on:

  • Tuesday 27 March 2018, 10am – 2pm at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Birmingham New Rd, Dudley, DY1 4SB – Book here
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018, 10am – 2pm at The Post Graduate Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Rd, Birmingham B18 7QH – Book here

To book your place or to find out more information, email ccgcomms@walsall.nhs.uk or telephone 01922 603054.
Babies and children are welcome to attend if necessary.

A win for Trust’s pharmacy team

We’re happy to announce that a study undertaken by our pharmacy team alongside Keele University pharmacy undergraduates has gone on to win first prize in the poster competition at the annual National Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management Conference in London.

The poster presentation, called ‘An evaluation of the impact of Paliperidone and Aripiprazole long acting injections on hospital admissions and occupied bed days’, was based on earlier work that helped to understand how long acting treatments for psychosis – which are commonly used for some more severe types of mental health issues – could impact on hospital admissions and care.

Congratulations to the team!

CDWs launch a new group

A new after school group for those aged 10 – 16 from minority backgrounds has launched in Halesowen.

Run by The Phase Trust, Women’s Awareness Association and the Trust’s Community Development Workers, the group has been set up to bring together young people from minority communities in a safe, welcoming environment.

Families, volunteers and other agencies joined the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Taylor and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Winifred Taylor at a launch on 24 October 2017. Attendees had the chance to look around the excellent facilities on offer and speak with volunteers that would be supporting the running of the group.

The group meets every Tuesday from 4pm – 5.30pm at The Phase Trust, Owen House, Little Cornbow, Halesowen, B63 3AJ. Sessions cost £1 and there is no need to book. There are plenty of activities on offer including dance, sport, recreational activities and we’re even on hand to help with homework.

For more information contact Iram Mann, Community Development Worker, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on 01384 366517 or email iram.maan@nhs.net.

Join our Trust Board

We’re recruiting two non-executive directors (NEDs) and an associate non-executive director to complement and enhance the skills on our Board of Directors. This is an excellent opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your local community.

The associate NED role is not legally a member of the Board and does not participate in any formal vote, the individual is an integral member of the wider Board team comprising executive and non-executive roles and attending Board and key committee meetings as required.

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

You can find more information on applying and on the roles here. The closing date for applications is 22 February 2018 at 11am. Interviews will take place on 8 March 2018 for successful applicants. The term length for these positions is until 31 March 2019.

For an informal and confidential discussion with the Chair of the Trust, please contact Linda Wix on 01384 325010 or by email linda.wix@nhs.net.

It’s Time to Talk about personality disorders

Our next Mental Health Forum will take place on Thursday 1 February at 11am – 1pm and will celebrate Time to Talk Day, giving tips on starting conversations, as well as a range of stallholders from local organisations to chat with. The event will also cover personality disorders, the perceptions of them, symptoms, behavioural traits and services we provide. The forum will be held at Brierley Hill Civic Hall, Bank Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DH.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to find out more about local services, ask questions and network with local organisations. There will also be a free lunch available.

To book a place at the forum, please contact dwmh.communication@nhs.net or call 01384 325015. If you would like to have a stall to promote your service, resources and highlight the support available, please contact Tracy Cross at tracy.cross@nhs.net or call 01384 324531.

Helping students put their best foot forward

To encourage young students to consider pursuing a career in the NHS, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust attended a recent careers fair held for year 7 pupils at The Dormston School in Dudley.

Dr Amitav Narula, Consultant Psychiatrist, and Julie Morgan, People Development Officer, from the Trust met with pupils to promote the vast array of careers that are available in the NHS, from administration and HR to IT and security. Many of the students were unaware that there was such a variety of roles available. As well as this, long-lasting connections were made with the school to work more closely in developing an interest in NHS careers.

Although the event was useful to promote NHS careers, it also provided an opportunity to start conversations about mental health. In 2016, it was found that more than half of young people are too embarrassed to talk about their mental health (MQ Mental Health, 2016). Refreshingly, some of the students felt comfortable enough to talk about their own experiences.

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Trust Board changes

Ben Reid, who joined us in April 2016, will be stepping down from his role as Chair for the Trust at the end of January 2018. Ben will be taking up the role of Chair at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.

As our Chair, Ben has played an instrumental role in developing the Transforming Care Together partnership and supporting the strategic development of the Trust.

We are pleased to announce that NHS Improvement have approved the appointment of Harry Turner, one of our current non-executive directors and Vice-Chair. Harry will be stepping up to the post of Chair for the Trust from 1 February 2018.

Harry was born and educated in the Black Country and his professional career has been spent in the hospitality sector, managing a range of hotel groups, golf courses and leisure clubs. Alongside this, he has held a number of Board level positions in the NHS, most recently as Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Read More

Time to Talk workshops

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is hosting a duo of workshops on Time to Talk Day (1 February) to get people talking about mental health.

Aimed at professionals, these workshops will encourage people to talk about mental health in creative ways such as life stories, poetry and group talk. In the morning delegates will explore their own experiences through a life story style discussion. Following a networking lunch they will hear from others about their experiences and will take part in a mini creative writing session.

The event is from 9.30am – 3.30pm at Dudley Canal Trust.

If you would like to attend please contact anita.chumber@nhs.net or iram.maan@nhs.net. You can see a programme for the event here.