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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (the Trust) is a statutory body which came into existence on 1 April 1994 under The North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Order 1993 No [2635].

The Trust is one of the main providers of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands.

With more than 40 sites, we provide services in the home, community and hospital to around 470,000 people of all ages in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire.

We provide specialist inpatient and day patient care to children across the West Midlands who are suffering severe or complex mental health conditions (Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, CAMHS) and substance misuse services to people throughout Staffordshire.

Most inpatient services are based at Harplands Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, which opened in 2001.

We have a team of around 1,400 staff and a turnover of £78m (2015/16).

Our partners

Our main NHS partners are the two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke on Trent CCG. We also work very closely with the local authorities in these areas, as well as specialist commissioners in areas such as children’s mental health services and substance misuse.

In addition, we work closely with agencies which support people with mental health problems, such as the North Staffs Users Group, Approach, ASIST, Brighter Futures, Changes, EngAGE, North Staffs Huntington’s Disease Association, Mind, North Staffs Carers Association, Reach and the Beth Johnson Association.

We provide a growing research and development programme in collaboration with local and regional research networks – extending the role of this function features in our plans for the future including building on current infrastructure to continue to deliver high quality research across a wide range of mental health topics.

We work in partnership with a range of educational establishments to support staff training. These educational links raise the profile of the Trust, help the wider healthcare community to improve mental health and learning disability services and ensure that our staff keep up to date with best practice. Our research and education partners are:

  • The West Midlands Workforce Deanery
  • Keele University Medical School
  • Staffordshire University

Our directorates

The Trust manages its services through six clinical directorates:

  • Adult Mental Health Inpatient
  • Adult Mental Health Community
  • Substance Misuse
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neuro and Old Age Psychiatry
  • Children and Young People

Each directorate is headed by a Clinical Director supported by a Head of Directorate.

Click on this link to find out more about our vision, values, quality priorities and objectives.