An update from our clinical leads

Today we shared an update on our Transforming Care Together (TCT) partnership with staff across the three organisations (Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust). This update comes from the organisations’ clinical leads:

  • Gareth Howells (Director of Nursing and Therapies), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Joyce Fletcher (Director of Nursing, AHPs & Governance) and Dr Jas Lidher (Medical Director), Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rosie Musson (Acting Nurse Director), Kate Gingell and Mark Weaver (Joint Medical Directors), Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Whilst the commuication was written for our staff we wanted to share this on our TCT blog to update others on the work we are doing. The update refers to events which we will be holding for staff at each organisation. We will also be organising events for service users, carers, families and stakeholders, and will share these on this blog and in other communications. If you would like to get in touch to discuss TCT or get more involved please fill in our contact form.

Update from our clinical leads

Now that our three boards have agreed to actively explore how we formally integrate as one organisation, we are able to really get into the detail of how we can work together. The key principle at the heart of our collaboration is how we create benefits for patients and service users, and how we can improve services and health outcomes for the communities we serve.

We are very keen to explore the exciting clinical opportunities our partnership brings – we have a rare and exciting opportunity for a fundamental review of what we do and how we do it, building on the excellent care being provided by all our organisations.

There is also the opportunity to focus on topics such as health and wellbeing; the relationship between physical and mental health; the way we work across our combined geography; our use of technology; and our ability to be at the forefront of clinical innovation.

We want to ensure that our joint work is absolutely led by clinical perspectives, and our aim should be to combine the very best practice from each of the trusts, in ways which really suit our patients, service users and local communities.

Together we can improve clinical care and lead the way in practice.

Through the weeks and months ahead staff across the three trusts will be involved, along with external stakeholders, in shaping the way we operate in the future. We are very keen that as many staff as possible get involved, from clinical and non-clinical areas.

For example, we will soon be arranging a series of ‘listening events’* across all three trusts, where we can hear your views and ideas, and answer your questions; look out for dates in the weeks ahead and please do come along to hear more and make your input.

We will also be establishing groups to consider the clinical, cultural and business aspects of integration. Workstreams made good progress on the project through 2016, identifying ways in which we can work together. We now have the opportunity to take these ideas one step further, considering how we could deliver clinical and support services better as one organisation.

Our work will channel into a new Integration Board which will provide the management focus for bringing the trusts together, but its success will depend upon the broadest range of involvement. We will also soon be appointing an integration director who will work across the three trusts to drive forward the partnership in all its dimensions.

There will be many ways in which you can be involved in the partnership as we progress – if you would like to get more involved, then please contact tct.partnership@nhs.net. Also check our partnership blog www.transformingcaretogether.org for updates, key documents, and an online form for feedback and questions.

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