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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

BSMHFT and Staffordshire University join forces to share expertise and innovations

March 2, 2011

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Staffordshire University are to work together to help educate staff and develop world class services across the West Midlands.

A special ceremony, to cement our trust’s relationship with Staffordshire University, was held at the university’s faculty of health in Stafford today (Wednesday, March 2).

A memorandum of understanding was signed by Sue Turner, the trust’s chief executive, and Hilary Jones, dean of the faculty of health at Staffordshire University, as both organisations seek to develop and share their expertise in ageing and mental health.

Both our trust and Staffordshire University are committed to explore teaching, training and development opportunities for staff, alongside clinical support and supervision and opportunities for research.

Ms Turner said: “Mental health services in Birmingham have a proud track record of innovation and research, most recently with developments in young people’s services, acute health care settings and prisons, as well as forensic services.

“So today, as we are signing this statement of intent as our commitment to an ongoing partnership with Staffordshire University, we have much to learn from each other and much to celebrate.”

Professor George Tadros, consultant in old age psychiatry, and professor of ageing and mental health at the university, added: “With the growing ageing population and the need to provide better quality care for older people, our trust and Staffordshire University are committed to develop the best possible training for staff and students.”

Hilary Jones, dean of the faculty of health, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with a clinical partner, who is committed to developing research and development around ageing.”

Professor Paul Kingston, director of the university’s Centre for Ageing and Mental Health added:  “As a University it gives us access to a trust at the cutting edge of service delivery and in turn we believe we can assist them to improve by sharing with them our research and best practice.

"In time we anticipate that this partnership will grow and involve trust members of staff teaching on courses and faculty staff making an active contribution to service development.”