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Each year the Trust produces its Annual Report which includes our Financial Accounts and Quality Accounts for that year. It also includes a round-up of the year’s key news and achievements. 

To access the current and previous Annual Report click here

Behind the Headlines

Media enquiriesIf you are a member of the media then contact us by email: whcnhs.communications@nhs.net or on: 01905 760020 or 07882 725082.

NHS staff supporting nutrition and hydration week

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Staff at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are promoting nutrition and hydration this week as part of a national campaign to get people living healthier lifestyles.

The campaign which runs from 12th – 18th March aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improving nutrition and hydration in health and social care sectors.

There will be a number of events throughout the week including a Mocktails on Wednesday at Evesham Community Hospitals to demonstrate alternative ways of including fruit and vegetables in your diet as well as tea parties across all wards for patients and their visitors to enjoy.

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Health and Care Trust Chief Exec among top leaders in the country

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The Chief Executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has been named one of the top NHS leaders in the country.

Sarah Dugan was named in the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ’s) top 50 top Chief Executives working in the NHS. The list, revealed this week, is compiled based on the personal example set by the Chief Executive, the performance of their Trust and the contribution they have made to the wider health and care system. Judges included leaders from the Royal College of Nursing, NHS England and Unison.

The Health and Care Trust is the main provider of mental health, community nursing and therapy services in Worcestershire and has been led by Sarah since it was formed in 2011. Rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, The Trust also runs the county’s Community Hospitals and Recovery Units, and provides a range of services for children and adults in the community, in people’s own homes, in schools, community centres and care homes. Click here for more

NHS Trust a top employer of Apprentices

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A local NHS Trust has been recognised as one of the top employers of Apprentices in the Country.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust was named in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list which recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The Trust is the main provider of mental health and community care in Worcestershire and currently employs around 70 apprentices across a variety of roles including healthcare, administration and finance.

The entry level scheme provides a crucial springboard for young people to start a career in the NHS and the higher level apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for existing staff to maximise their potential. Click here for more

Eating Disorders Awareness Week : Local service supports over 70 Worcestershire children and young people


An NHS service set up to support children and young people who have an eating disorderin Worcestershire has received more than 70 referrals since its launch last summer.

The Community Eating Disorder Service is specifically designed to support children and young people aged 8-17½ . They provide assessment, treatment, meal support and work closely with the patient and their family to prevent hospitalisation.

Since its launch in July 2017, 74 children and young people have been supported. Depending on their circumstances, some will go on to receive treatment through the service or another part of the Trust’s mental health services for children (CAMHS) while others will be given help with managing their diet and meal choices. Of those referred over 85% are female, with the majority of those between the ages of 14 and 16. Click here for more

Cycling the extra mile for local Dementia group

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A group of people from Worcestershire have raised £2,500 to ensure a local dementia organisation can continue its work helping those with young on-set dementia.

Adam and Tom Soley, Jodie Jeomans, Jack French, Andy Bride and Chris Williams completed the 160 mile cycle from Malvern to Croyde late last year in just two days to raise money for The Young Onset Dementia Trust Fund.

The money from the trust fund supports  local groups supporting younger people living with dementia and their families. This includes covering costs of venue hire, transport costs and activities which enable the groups to run. 

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One of the oldest NHS employees in the Country turns 90

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On Thursday, 22nd February a porter at one of the County’s Community Hospitals turned 90 making him one of the NHS’ oldest employees – a remarkable milestone that was celebrated with a surprise party organised by his colleagues. 

Alex Abbott, who works at Evesham Community Hospital was born in 1928 and has devoted 60 years of work to the NHS. During this time he has undertaken a variety of roles including a mortician, telephonist, hairdresser, theatre porter and gardener. Prior to his work in the NHS Alex spent 6 years in the RAF. 

When Alex started working for the NHS in 1958 - just 10 years after its creation - the average weekly wage was £9.25, the average house cost £2,064 and a pint of milk was just 3p. 

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Minor Injuries Unit attendances up at the start of 2018

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Worcestershire people are making more use of some of the local Minor Injury Units according to latest figures.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust runs 4 of the county’s Minor Injury and have revealed that usage was up in January this year with an additional 300 attendances compared to the previous month (Dec). Minor Injury Units are an effective part of the urgent care strategy and are an alternative to A&E departments which should be for emergency or life threatening conditions only

The Trust runs the units in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Malvern and Tenbury and in total over 3000 people used them last month for a wide range of non-emergency injuries such as cuts, sprains and minor burns.  Average waiting times are often around 20 minutes and they all have trained nurses available to treat these types of injury. Click here for more

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: Help available for County youngsters

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, aimed at supporting children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust - the main providers of mental health within the County - is reminding young people who may be living with mental health issues, and their families, of the help that is available to them early, to prevent issues getting worse.

The Reach4Wellbeing service offers support for people aged 5-19 years old experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, low-mood and self-harm. The service offers short-term group support programmes and most of the work is carried out in the school community as opposed to a clinical environment. The team also work closely with School Health Nurses, Health Visitors and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS). Click here for more . . .

New arrival for mums-to-be at Evesham Hospital

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A new state of the art Ultrasound Scanner has been unveiled at Evesham Community Hospital.

Costing £66k, the scanner has been funded by the hospital’s League of Friends, replacing the previous one which the group also funded.

The new addition will provide improved scans and visual images for mums-to-be, but also has the ability to provide scans for patients with a wider range of health conditionstoo, including for physio patients who have muscular injuries.

The new equipment will initially serve around 15 patients a day who have appointments in the hospital.

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Local NHS trust recognised as a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have been recognised in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The Top 100 list recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices, with employers honoured ranging from some of England’s largest companies to some of the smallest.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the County’s main provider of mental health and community services currently employs 70 apprentices, across a variety of roles including Healthcare, Administration and Finance. 

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A day of positivity in Worcestershire.

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A local NHS Trust turned parts of the county yellow on Blue Monday to share happiness and positivity.

Teams across Worcestershire Health and Care NHS trust which is the main provider of community nursing, therapy and mental health services in the county, held a variety of colourful activities to share positivity and happiness on the most depressing day of the year.

The trust encouraged its staff to get involved in events across the county, with some baking yellow cakes for their patients and running activities based on improving mental wellbeing

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Media enquiriesIf you are a member of the media then contact us by email: whcnhs.communications@nhs.net or on: 01905 760020 or 07882 725082.