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Our Trust provides mental health, learning disability and specialist children's services across South Staffordshire and mental health and learning disability services in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Powys. We also provide some services on a wider regional, or national basis.

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Excellence in Neurological Services Recognised

Local neurological services have been recognised for their excellence by the Staffordshire Neurological Alliance.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's neuropsychology service provides neuropsychology assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services to individuals with confirmed or suspected neurological impairments across the whole of South Staffordshire. The service sees patients from the age of 16 upwards, the majority of whom are suffering from a neurological condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Motor-Neurone Disease, and acquired brain injuries.

The team consists of neurologists, specialist nurses and therapy staff who also have close working links with psychiatric and primary mental health teams, and GP's, in addition to the forensic and learning disability services within the Trust.

In recognising the service, Staffordshire Neurological Alliance commented on the "outstanding approach to involving users in all stages of development, delivery and monitoring of service provision to your clients" and "outstanding performance and true innovation, above and beyond meeting targets".

Dr Chris Plowman, accepting the award on behalf of the team said "We are a small department and it means a lot to us to have our work recognised in this way".

The Staffordshire Neurological Alliance's purpose is the relief of the 200000 in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent affected by a neurological condition and signposting users, carers and professionals to sources of information, advice, guidance and services. The Best of Staffordshire awards are only given based on patients informing the Alliance of services that go beyond the requirements of the National Service Framework etc and where this is confirmed by evidence based audits. The awards are intended to spread best practice and challenge the "silo" mentality.

Mother and Baby Unit Celebrates 10 Years

The Brockington Unit at St George's Hospital in Stafford opened 10 years ago to look after pregnant women and new mums with serious mental health problems, either existing, or originating during pregnancy or just after birth.

Women who have been patients at the unit, with their children and families, and former and present staff, have been invited to a special event which will offer an opportunity to look at the Trust's perinatal services and what they have achieved, as well as celebrating with fun events for adults and children alike.

The Celebration Day will take place on Tuesday 30 June 2015 at St George's Hospital learning centre, from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

One of only 17 such units in the country which can admit mothers with their babies, the Brockington Unit has been accredited as excellent by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It offers a very specialist service to women from across the West Midlands. A key aim of the peri-natal team is to ensure that mother and baby can stay together – important for the woman's own recovery and for developing a healthy relationship between parent and child.

Pregnancy, and the first year after birth are times when women are more susceptible to mental health problems. Figures show that in South Staffordshire there are around 7500 live births each year. Research suggests that 10-15% of mothers will develop post natal depression. Research has also shown that admission to hospital for psychiatric treatment is more likely to occur at childbirth than at any other time of life.

One of the key note speakers at the celebration day is Emeritus Professor Ian Brockington, who gave his name to the unit. He is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist formerly based in Birmingham and an internationally recognised expert on motherhood and mental health.

Free fun singing and dancing sessions

Singing and Dancing sessions commence in Cannock at St Barnabas Community Centre, Hampton Street, Mosswood, WS11 3AW on Tuesday 30 June at 1.30pm as part of the Creating a Song and Dance ( for You) programme organised by Arts for Health at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The sessions are for those living with dementia and their carers in the community. The Big Lottery funded sessions will be fun based and free. Sessions are also running in Stafford with the next session on 6 July at Berkswich Methodist Church at 1.30pm.

For more information contact Arts for Health on 01785 221328 or 07964208542 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Support Worker Recognised for Excellent Care

A support worker helping people with mental health problems remain in their own homes has been recognised for providing excellent care by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Edith Edwards, who works with the Oswestry Home Treatment and Memory Service, has recently been a recipient of one of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare's Living our Values (LoV) awards. These were designed as a visible thank you to staff who truly live the Trust's values every day.

Greg Moores, Director of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Equalities said "We expect all our staff to behave in a way which upholds our Trust commitment that people who use our services are at the centre of all we do. However, sometimes an individual member of staff does something special, or shows exceptional commitment, and we wanted to be able to recognise that. The LoV awards are our way of saying thank you."

Edith was nominated by her colleague for the kindness and support she offers to people using the service, "she has an extensive knowledge about the area we work in and what services are available to suit each person's needs and has made such a difference to the many lives she has touched."
Steve Grange, Director of Business and Commercial Development, presented Edith with a certificate on behalf of the Trust Board.

Dance Party for Dementia Sufferers

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's Arts for Health team are organising a fundraising dance party in aid of one of their very popular projects which supports people with dementia and their carers. The Dance Party will take place at the Hive on Friday 10 July 2015.

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