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Professionals working with children and young people in South Staffordshire and Shropshire will now be in a better position to help people with eating disorders access early treatment, thanks to upcoming training sessions run by Beat.

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Their vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. They are a champion, a guide and a friend to anyone affected by these serious mental illnesses.

Beat has partnered with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) to increase local knowledge of eating disorders and improve access to early treatment by training local professionals. Within the partnership, Beat will deliver six free training days across South Staffordshire to key local professionals and others who could potentially make referrals to the local children’s and young people’s eating disorder service.

Classic and retro cars were on display at St George’s Hospital Stafford on Sunday 14 May as part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s recognition of National Dementia Week.

People were encouraged to bring along and display their cherished vehicles to help stimulate memories and conversation with people whose dementia is affecting their ability to remember.

Shropshire-based clinical psychologist Damon Mason has been sharing his expertise in Myanmar (formerly Burma).

Damon, who works for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT), was invited to visit her Myanmar homeland by psychiatrist colleague Dr Nwè Thein.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust were affected by the recent cyber-attack. We think our health informatics service detected the issues at the early stage and shut down relevant systems rapidly. We practice for these type of eventualities on a regular basis and were able to quickly initiate our business continuity process, under our silver command lead. We are now gradually introducing IT services and monitoring performance. Service users are advised that our normal numbers for crisis and home treatment are in operation, so there should not be an issue of contacting our clinical staff. Appointment schedules are running as normal so please attend any appointments unless you have been notified otherwise. Finally we must pay tribute to our Information Technology and Health Informatic support staff, who have been nothing short of outstanding in responding to this crisis.

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