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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.

Kidderminster Café backs local mental health campaign

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A Kidderminster Café is backing a local campaign to encourage more people to talk and get support for their mental health

Lifestyle Deli, in Bromsgrove Street, will host a ‘Now We’re Talking’ drop in morning at 10am on the 16th April to promote Worcestershire Healthy Minds, a local NHS service set up to support people experiencing more common mental health issues, such as stress, worry and anxiety.

The ‘Now We’re Talking’ was launched in October 2018 by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the county’s main provider of mental health services.

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Trust signs mental health employer pledge

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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has pledged to ‘change the way we think and about mental health at work’ as part of a national campaign. The Trust’s Board have signed the Time to Change pledge and have developed an action plan of activity that will continue to create an open and supportive culture for its 4,000 staff. Time to Change is a national initiative led by mental health charity Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to change the way we think about mental health in the workplace and is calling on businesses and organisations across the country to make the pledge.

The Trust is the county’s leading provider of mental health care and also runs community nursing and therapy services, including the county’s community hospitals. It already runs a programme of health and wellbeing support for staff, including stress awareness courses, mental health first aid, counselling, and online resources. Click here for more

NHS Trust estates team land national award

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The team responsible for the county’s community hospital buildings has been named among the best in the country at a national awards event. The Estates and Facilities Team at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have won the Estates and Facilities Management Award at the national Leading Healthcare Awards 2019. They recognise outstanding practice across the healthcare sector.

The team were named winners of the award in recognition of their leadership of a project called One Public Estate, which brings together estates teams from across the public sector in Worcestershire to make the best and most effective use of local sites and buildings. The ambition is for a single, local health and public sector estate strategy across Worcestershire delivering sustainable revenue savings, economic growth and improving local services. Click here for more information

Anti-depressant prescriptions in England double in a decade

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Following an article published this week, we learnt that prescriptions for antidepressant medication in England have doubled in the past decade, with almost 71 million items to treat conditions including depression and anxiety given out in 2018. On our journey to becoming the most mental health friendly county in England, we’re championing the value of talking therapies and the impact they can have on a patient’s mental wellbeing. 


Since the launch of Now We’re Talking; a campaign which promotes the benefits of talking therapies and self-help services for people living with low level mental health conditions, we have seen a significant increase in referral numbers, with March 2019 having the highest number of referrals since the service was commissioned. Click here for more information

More local people accessing mental health support – Now We’re Talking!

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More people are getting support for common mental health conditions such as stress and anxiety following the launch of an awareness campaign in Worcestershire. The ‘Now We’re Talking’ campaign encourages more people to access Worcestershire Healthy Minds, a self-referral service run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust for local people aged 16+ experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.   

The campaign launched in October 2018 and has seen a steady increase in overall referrals. In September (2018), before launch, 874 referrals were received, and in February 2019 there 1,230 – a 17% increase. February also saw the most self-referrals than ever before - this is when people contact the service independently without being referred by a GP or other healthcare professional. Click here for more information

Local nursing students nominated for national award 

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Two nurses from Worcestershire have been shortlisted in the national 2019 Student Nursing Times Awards.

Kate Robson and Matthew Pimm, Trainee Nursing Associates at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS who are training at the University of Worcester, have been nominated for their ability to deliver safe, quality hands-on care to their patients. In their final year of study, they attend the University of Worcester one day a week alongside Matthew’s role at the Wyre Forest Ward in Kidderminster and Kate’s at Tenbury Community Hospital.

Their nominations for Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year reflect their excellence in providing high-quality patient centred-care, knowledge and understanding within their field, and to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to patient care. Click here for more information

Half-term fun for families of poorly children in Worcestershire

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A roaring time was had by all last Thursday as families from across Worcestershire descended on West Midlands Safari Park for a fun packed day of safari trips, animal encounters and exploring. The weather proved to be on their side, as 49 families were treated to a day out, courtesy of the Orchard Service Trust Fund.

The Orchard Service, Children’s Community Nursing and Palliative Care Team, is a service provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and delivers care to children with long term complex health needs and their families.

Many of the children have life limiting illnesses which can make days out with the whole family difficult and challenging to organise. Click here for more information

Dementia Service Awarded National Accreditation 

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A service supporting people living with dementia and their families in Worcestershire has received national accreditation for their focus on quality and person centred care.

The Dementia Assessment and Support Team (DAST) based at Kidderminster Hospital have been awarded MSNAP accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The service provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, supports people to access a diagnosis of dementia and then explore interventions such as groups, psychosocial interventions, practical help and support, cognitive stimulation therapy and signposting to community and voluntary services. Click here for more information

Worcestershire gets talking on Time to Talk Day

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Time to Talk Day is part of a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day. Thursday 7th February saw the vibrant orange of Now We’re Talking popping up across the county!

Now We’re Talking aims to raise awareness of Healthy minds a service which helps people aged 16 and over in Worcestershire who are experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress anxiety, low mood or depression – issues which affect 50,000 in Worcestershire alone. 

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but Now We’re Talking provided the tools to break the ice and start the conversation. Click here for more

Residents across the county have been urged to brighten up Blue Monday and get active to support their mental wellbeing.

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Monday 21st January has been awarded the gloomy ‘Blue Monday’ title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. 

Worcestershire provides a service called Healthy Minds, a self-referral service run by the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust for Worcestershire residents aged 16+ experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.

Sarah Jenks a Physiological Wellbeing Practitioner from the Healthy Minds team said: “January can be a difficult time for many people; especially those experiencing financial hardship, or poor mental or physical health.”

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A Bromsgrove man has urged people to speak up about their mental health ahead of the ‘most depressing day of the year.’

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Dan Pendry-Moore is supporting the county’s Now We’re Talking campaign which is raising awareness of Worcestershire Healthy Minds - a free, NHS-run service supporting people with more common issues such as stress and anxiety.

 The Healthy Mind service offers group therapy, online support or if required 1:1 counselling. You can self-refer to the service without seeing a health professional first. 

Dan, who accessed Healthy Minds a couple of years ago, has shared his experiences to help encourage others in the same position to get the help they need. 

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More people using County’s Minor Injuries Units

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Latest figures show that attendances were up at the county’s Minor Injuries Units at the end of 2018.

Over 1,000 people visited the units in Malvern and in Bromsgrove in December, and there were also increases in the number of people using the units at Evesham and Tenbury compared with the same period in the previous year.

MIUs can treat minor burns, strains, sprains, grazes and small cuts and wounds. Average waiting times are just 20 minutes and they all have x-ray facilities although opening times for those vary from unit to unit. 

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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.