STP News

New Partnership to Deliver Diabetes Prevention Programme

From 1st August 2019, the Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme will be delivered by a new provider, Ingeus UK, who are working with GPs to help people across the Black Country and West Birmingham reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The programme, which gives advice on dieting, exercise and healthy lifestyle, is being doubled in size over the next few years as part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed focus on prevention. 

Black Country Pharmacist wins national NHS Parliamentary Award

Olutayo Arikawe 003Olutayo Arikawe, The Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, West Midlands was today (10 July 2019) honoured in Parliament as part of the NHS Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by FUJI Film and the Premier League, to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

She won the Excellence in Healthcare Award category and was nominated by Ian Austin MP. She was among winners announced at the awards final ceremony held today at the Palace of Westminster’s Terrace Pavilion, hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor.

Local mum supports the launch of a new mental health service by sharing her experience of perinatal depression 

Suzanne Henson, a 26-year-old mum from Wolverhampton, is supporting the launch of a new Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Service in the Black Country, by sharing her experience of perinatal depression.

 The new mental health service set up in January this year provides care and treatment to new and expectant mums experiencing severe mental health difficulties.

Suzanne, a mum of two, suffered perinatal depression and anxiety during both of her pregnancies. Whilst pregnant with her second child, Suzanne’s midwife referred her to the specialist service. During her third trimester, she went into crisis and needed their support.

 “I was spiraling out of control with my thoughts and my emotions,” Suzanne said.

A GP and Wolverhampton NHS leader has been awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List

HHibbsDr Helen Hibbs, Accountable Officer at NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) received the prestigious MBE award for services to NHS leadership. This includes leading WCCG to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by NHS England three years in a row. She will collect the award in person from the Queen later on this year.

Dr Hibbs, who lives in Wolverhampton with her husband Mike and two children, said she was ‘delighted’ at being awarded an MBE.