Mental health, learning disability and children’s services across the Black Country will be given a boost following a decision by the Boards of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for the trusts to come together as one organisation.
More choice and improved access to specialist services are just some of the benefits of the proposals which are planned to take place by early 2020, subject to the relevant approvals.
Mark Axcell, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust commented: “Our ambition is to be a national leader in mental health, learning disability and children’s services and we truly believe that joining together is the best way for us to achieve this.
“The shared expertise of both trusts will bring a number of benefits to patients and the local health economy and will enable us to strengthen and even expand our services.”
Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commented: “A great deal of work has already taken place and this announcement builds on the joint work our clinicians have been working on to deliver exciting improvements to the population of the Black Country, a recent example of this is the launch of community perinatal mental health services which has been developed jointly across both trusts.
“We are very excited to be joining together as one Trust and we look forward to integrating and making our services the best they can be for the future of health services across the Black Country.”
A great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes to bring us to this point and we have already seen the benefits integration can bring with the two organisations working closely together in partnership over the last 12 months.
Over the coming months there will be opportunities for patients and carers to get involved in shaping these plans as they progress.