Organisations Come Together During Dying Matters Awareness Week 2022

Organisations from the Dudley Borough are coming together to support and raise awareness during Dying Matters Awareness Week (2 – 6 May 2022). The aim of the week is to encourage communities to talk, in any way that works for them, about their experiences of dying and grief.

The group, which includes Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust, Dudley Council, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and Mary Stevens Hospice, are holding a series of independent events in a variety of locations across the borough. The occasions will provide support and opportunities for people to discuss death and bereavement with others and share their stories in a safe space.

With the Covid-19 pandemic far from over, people are struggling with important questions about how and where we die more than ever, as well as understanding what happens when we near the end of our lives, and the support that is available.

Anyone can get involved in the Awareness Week, and the events organised by this group are open to all.

Helen Codd, Head of Communications, Engagement and Partnerships at Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust and Chair of Dying Matters Dudley said: “It can be difficult to think about what happens when a loved one passes away, or when we approach the end of our own lives. That’s what this week and these events are all about, giving people the chance to have a conversation and bringing communities together. When people share, they always feel a little better for having started a conversation.”

There are 8 events organised by this group during the Awareness week. For more details on the events please contact (and see attached flyer)

Local Students Land Apprenticeships with Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust continue to work closely with Dudley College to help young people find routes into employment.

The Trust have secured 2 apprenticeships for students at the college who will work towards qualifications in Business and Administration Level 3 whilst completing placements over the next 15 months.

Apprenticeships are an important entry route and offer an attractive option for individuals who want to benefit from an income whilst gaining a qualification and obtaining on the job experience.

It is hoped that as the Trust grows, and more opportunities become available, that the partnership will continue, with the goal of helping more students as they prepare for the world of work.

Adam Race, Interim Associate Director of People said:

“It’s great that the Trust is supporting young people into employment as they have been one of the groups hit hardest by Covid-19 lockdowns.

“Identifying people who are eager to learn can bring with it new energy and it also prepares the Borough’s future generations for employment in the region.”

One of the new recruits, Sophie Greaves, recently joined the People Team and will gain an insight into a wide variety of business-critical tasks, including employee benefits, policies, and recruitment as well as assisting with events and other administerial tasks.

Sophie said:

“So far I have enjoyed my time here and I am learning lots. I am hoping that the experience I gain through my apprenticeship will help me secure full-time employment in the future.”

Ambrose Altaire also joined the Trust and will be working with the Dudley Talking Therapy Service who offer mental health support and treatment to individuals over the age of 16. Treatments include a range of evidence-based therapies, advice, and information, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Ambrose said:

“It’s exciting to get this experience. What I am learning is hands on; I’m getting work experience and a qualification all at the same time, which for me, makes this a great choice.”

Dudley Integrated Health & Care NHS Trust announces planned retirement of Chief Executive, Paul Assinder

PRESS RELEASE 19 November 2021

Dudley Integrated Health & Care NHS Trust announces planned retirement of Chief Executive, Paul Assinder

Paul Assinder

Paul Assinder, Chief Executive of Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC) is retiring at the end of December 2021. Paul who stepped into the role of Chief Executive in April 2020, has led the formation of this new Trust and its expansion over the last two years.

Paul will retire and ultimately make way for a new substantive CEO to lead the Trust going forward. In the meantime, the Trust has appointed Penny Harris as its new Interim Chief Executive.

Penny Harris 2

Penny will be joining DIHC on a part- time basis from Monday 22nd November 2021 and will formally commence in her role on 1 st January 2022, continuing until the end of June 2022. During that time DIHC will recruit to the substantive role of Chief Executive.

Harry Turner, Chair, said “Paul has done a tremendous job leading the organisation as Chief Executive for the past 20 months, including the pandemic and all that entails”.

“The Board and his colleagues are deeply grateful to Paul for his leadership at DIHC and for his significant number of years of dedicated service to the NHS”

Paul added “It has been an absolute privilege to work for the NHS for 38 years and more recently to serve as Chief Executive at DIHC. For me, healthcare is a people business and I have worked with some outstanding colleagues over the years who are committed to providing the best care possible to the communities they serve.

I have always supported the ethos of working across organisations and systems to organise care around the individual. This is integral to our vision for integrated care in Dudley and am proud of what we have achieved so far at DIHC. I look forward to following the completion of DIHC’s journey in the near future”

Paul will remain in place to support Penny until the end of the calendar year. Harry added ‘We are delighted that Penny has agreed to join us at this exciting time, to offer us her valuable experience to take us into our next development phase”.

Penny has extensive experience of working in and alongside the NHS and social care sectors at a senior level, including several CEO positions. Her portfolio has included implementing models to integrate health and social services and more latterly, strategic planning, system management and delivery in support of developing integrated care systems (ICS).

Penny Harris said “I am really looking forward to working with colleagues to develop the services for the population of Dudley and continue to build a strong primary and community care system. DIHC is a truly unique type of Trust, and I am excited to be a part of it.”.

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust Chair Reappointed

Harry Turner Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust is delighted to announce the reappointment of Harry Turner who will serve another term as Chair of the Board.

The reappointment was recently offered by NHS Improvement, who work to improve care for patients and provide leadership and support to the wider NHS. The term will run from April 2022 until March 2024.

Harry is an experienced Board Chair and will continue to bring a wealth of knowledge to Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust, gained from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Harry has previously been Chair of Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust, Chair of the John Taylor Hospice and Chair for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust. He is additionally Chair of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust. He has also worked as an Operations Director in the hotel industry and serves as a Justice of the Peace in Worcestershire Courts which he has done for over a decade.

Harry has been Chair of Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust for the last two years and has been a fundamental part of its development. During this time, the organisation has grown four-fold and is continuing to grow as it works with system partners to support primary care and the development of an integrated care model for the local population.    

Harry commented:

“I am privileged to have been offered another term as Chair. It is a real honour to lead this amazing, unique organisation.

“A person-centred approach by integrating primary care has always been at the heart of what we do, and I look forward to continuing our mission to implement this further, improving both access to and quality of care for the people of Dudley.

“I am now focussed on leading the organisation into its next chapter. I look forward to further developing our relationship and collaboration with our partners and showing that our model of care is one to be emulated.”

Penny Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust said:

“I am delighted that Harry will remain as Chair of the Board, the experience and leadership he brings is invaluable. His passion for care and the residents of Dudley is clear to see.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Harry and look forward to continuing our work together.”

Harry will undertake his role of Chair of Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust alongside his role as Chair of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships appointed to Dudley Integrated Health & Care NHS Trust Board

Press Release  6th September 2021

Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships appointed to Dudley Integrated Health & Care NHS Trust Board

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust  (DIHC)  has made its first substantive Board appointment since it became a newly formed NHS Trust in 2020.  Stephanie Cartwright has become the Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships with immediate effect. The Trust is the first of its kind in the country to integrate primary care across Dudley with community physical and mental health services. 

One of the Trusts key priorities going forward is to develop, with partners, a clear strategy for DIHC, that helps embed the services they offer to provide the best in patient care. This Board role will be an integral position to getting that right especially working towards the award of the Integrated Care Provider (ICP) contract in April 2022.

Paul Assinder, Trust Chief Executive said “Steph has held this role in an interim capacity since April 2020  and over the past months has provided clear leadership, insight and innovation to the Trust.  Steph is an extremely talented, committed and hardworking individual and we are delighted that she has accepted our first substantive Board position”.  

“Steph will be a crucial part of the senior team here at DIHC and, importantly for me, clearly cares deeply about the organisation and the communities we serve.  We are very fortunate to have someone of Steph's calibre on the Board of Directors”. 
Harry Turner , Chair of the Trust added "This substantive appointment is a key milestone in the development of our Trust and the establishment of permanent Board of Directors. We have a busy few months ahead recruiting for our other Board posts and we look forward to making further announcements in due course. Having worked with Steph for a couple of years now I am delighted she has accepted the permanent position as I know that she will continue to  be a fantastic asset to us".
Steph added 'We have some fantastic, skilled and talented teams within the Trust and I am privileged take on this position and continuing to work with them to ensure staff and services thrive at DIHC.  The development of this innovative care model in Dudley and the award of the future ICP contract is an enormous milestone on our calendar and I  am excited to play such an important role in achieving this for the benefit of the population we serve.
Stephanie has over 25 years of public sector NHS experience in the NHS and has held Board level Director positions for the last 10 years.  Most recently Stephanie was the Managing Director for the development of DIHC as an organisation and has held the position of Interim Director of Operations, Strategy and Partnerships since 1st April 2020 when the organisation started.
For further information please contact Jayne Ilic , Strategic Communications Advisor 07786 267309 or email 
Note to Editors:
Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust is the first of its kind in the country; integrating primary care across Dudley with community physical and mental health services.  It will have responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the whole population of Dudley, working to an outcomes based contract to delivery its revolutionary services.