Join Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trusts monthly Board Meeting this November

On Tuesday 1st November 2022, Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust will be holding its monthly Board Meeting which is open for the public to attend.

The Trust wants to ensure that it does all it can to create a regular opportunity for the public to hear about the work that is being undertaken, whilst also promoting a culture of transparency.

The meeting offers a chance to meet and hear directly from both Executive and Non-Executive Directors from the Trust.

November’s Board Meeting will take place at Dudley College of Technology. To confirm your attendance, email - you can also use this email to send any questions that you might have or would like to raise on the day.

Date: Tuesday 1st November 2022

Time: 9:30am

Address: Dudley College of Technology, The Broadway, Dudley DY1 4AS

Register, or ask a question:

Nursing and AHP Strategy Launched

Following Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trusts (DIHC) October (2022) Board meeting, and to coincide with Allied Health Professions (AHPs) Day, the Trust’s first Nursing and Allied Health Professional (AHP) strategy has been released.

Co-produced by clinical teams, and with input from professionals across the Trust, this strategy sets out DIHC’s vision in these areas for 2022 – 2024.

Outlining the fundamentals of nursing and recognising that clinical staff within wider Primary Care services, this piece of work will set the scene for more innovation within DIHC, expanding the opportunities for our Nurses, AHPs, and other frontline clinical support services to contribute to areas including audit and research.  It will also provide a foundation for our teams to develop skills for system leadership.

The strategy is aligned with the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s national three-point strategy which was designed to enable nurses to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan as well as the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Strategy for England.

Sue Nicholls, Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality said:

“We are dedicated to ensuring that we provide outstanding care that our people and service users would recommend to their friends and family. This strategy outlines these standards of care and professionalism.

“I would like to thank our Nursing and AHPs colleagues who dedicated their time and energy to develop this strategy and ensured that our organisational culture and values are entrenched within our aspirations and our commitments”

Zoe Dixon, DIHC Professional Lead for Allied Health Professions and Clinical Support Services said:

“AHPs are the third largest clinical workforce, with significant opportunities to support the delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan.

“Both the release of this strategy and the celebration of AHPs’ Day, provide us with an opportunity for AHPs to come together and showcase to others the impact they make on the delivery of high-quality care.”

Click here to read Trust’s first Nursing and Allied Health Professions (AHP) strategy

High Oak Surgery - Public Engagement Exercise

We are planning a public engagement exercise which will start on the 17th October 2022, to seek the views of local patients on the future location of High Oak Surgery, Pensnett.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, primary medical services from High Oak Surgery relocated to Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre (BHHSCC)  in order for the Pensnett site to be used as a Respiratory Assessment Centre.

Throughout the pandemic, the Pensnett site played a key role in delivering services to people in Dudley with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, whilst High Oak Surgery delivered primary care services to patients from the Brierley Hill site.

The Respiratory Assessment Centre closed in June 2021 and given the likelihood of covid variants and outbreaks, and the possibility that the Assessment Centre may need to resume if cases increased, High Oak Surgery has continued to offer services to patients from Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre.

We are now working with Black Country Integrated Care Board (BCICB), the service provider to explore the options for the future of High Oak Surgery.

In the meantime, patients of High Oak Surgery can continue to access services as normal from the site at Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre.

School Nursing Team Lead the Way

At a recent Board meeting, Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC) were joined by the School Nursing team who told them about the impact of their service locally. Laura Bickley, Team Leader and Lisa Worth, Practice Nurse Educator, attended the meeting and explained that the team is responsible for looking after 45,000 children, aged between 5 years and 16 years across 104 schools in the borough.

Laura described how one of their roles is to help young people in school to understand the risks of sexual abuse. The team uses resources from the NSPCC, ‘Pantosaurus’.

Laura said, ‘By using arts and crafts, we can build relationships of trust with our young people where they feel comfortable to communicate with us.  We work at their pace and use the resources to help explain that their body belongs to them and what is appropriate.”

Lisa said, “Pantosaurus is a great way to start the conversation in a way that does not feel uncomfortable or threatening. Our role is to work with our student population and help educate them and provide support and guidance when needed. The schools and students really benefit from this.”

Philip King, Chief Operating Officer at DIHC, said, “The team provides a fantastic service to our school-age population and is essential in ensuring that children get the support they need when they need it.”

Healthwatch and health working hand in hand

Healthwatch Dudley has been working with Syrian refugees to plan a community event for local people who have migrated to Dudley borough.  Last Saturday 19 families came together for a celebration at Wellington Road Community Centre in Dudley, where they were joined by health professionals from Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC) and Solutions4Health. 

The event enabled families to get together and build their support networks and provided a real insight into what it is like to be a migrant living in Dudley borough.   

DIHC provided health checks for around thirty participants. Dr Lloyd Baron, Clinical Lead for Health Inequalities, DIHC said, “It is so important that we spend time in our communities and develop trusting relationships. The health checks were a perfect way to get to know them better and check for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and potential diabetes.” 

“All of the information from the health checks has been shared with the GP practices that patients are registered with and patients who are high risk will be contacted by their practices for further support and advice.” 

Helen Codd, Head of Communications, Engagement & Partnerships, DIHC said, “We have a really positive relationship with Healthwatch Dudley and by collaborating, we can achieve so much more and make sure there are opportunities for getting into the heart of our many diverse communities.” 

Jehad Khattab Halesowen Welcome Group volunteer said: 

“I have enjoyed working with local families to plan this event with Healthwatch Dudley, who involve people who often struggle to have their voice heard. We have loved coming together with friends and family to talk about our experiences of living in Dudley borough and to also to have important health checks, at the same time as having a fun Syrian celebration.” 

Healthwatch Dudley will produce a report about the activity, that will inform how Dudley borough communities are supported and involved in future health service planning.