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A young schoolgirl was battered to death with a table leg by her "mentally ill" great-uncle just hours after a hospital crisis team said it could not help him because he was "not a risk", a court heard. Delroy Forrester admitted killing 11-year-old Jasmine Forrester in an attack on February…
An innovative idea to treat people earlier for illnesses like flu and chest infections has led to patients in one area avoiding 17,000 nights in hospital and the NHS saving £7 million to be reinvested back into patient care. The iCares system in Sandwell in the West Midlands flags people…
A father who shook his infant son in temper, causing fatal brain injuries, has been jailed for six years. Ricky Walker, 27, also caused the head of six-month-old Kayden Walker to collide with a hard surface before dialling 999 when he became lifeless. Walker, who claimed his son became unresponsive…
Patients at a hospital in the West Midlands have had a surprise visit from Shetland ponies as part of therapy. The miniature horses, from the Phoenix Children's Foundation, based in Leicestershire, were petted and fed by stroke patients, as well as youngsters being treated by the paediatric team at Sandwell…
A woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a doctor while being treated for blood clots at Birmingham Children's Hospital has been awarded a five-figure settlement by the trust. The woman, now 26, was allegedly attacked by prolific paedophile Dr Myles Bradbury, who is serving a 16-year sentence for sex…
A High Court judge has issued an urgent appeal for help finding a 16-month-old boy and his pregnant mother. Mr Justice Keehan has been told how Joeking Kyerah disappeared after social workers raised concern about his welfare. The judge says evidence suggests that the youngster has been "spirited away" by…
A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and skills and to gain a recognised qualification. The University of Wolverhampton works in collaboration with Compton Care, a…
A woman has spoken of how she feared she would die at the hands of her increasingly violent and controlling husband after he was jailed for his abusive crimes. Zeenit Bibi endured 16 years of marriage to Aziz Rehman, who kept her a virtual prisoner in their home, routinely beating…
A woman who duped her teenage daughter into going to Pakistan and forced her to marry has been jailed for four and a half years, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The unemployed woman, whom a judge said acted with "cowardice" and "deceit", was convicted on Tuesday of…
A mother has been convicted of duping her teenage daughter to go to Pakistan and forcing her to marry, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, where a jury heard how the victim had sobbed as she…
A police custody officer failed to carry out half-hourly checks on a man in custody who later died in his cell, investigators concluded. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found that observations were instead carried out every hour by the West Midlands Police employee. However, police were carrying out…
The University of Wolverhampton is working with Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of highly skilled future nurses. Cygnet Health Care, a leading independent provider of specialist mental health care services, is one of the first providers to introduce Nursing Associate Foundation Apprenticeships into the independent sector as…
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