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Hi all I am delighted that we have the final, agreed date of Tuesday 21 February with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to publish its final reports and ratings. We are holding an event at Harplands Hospital on the 21st at 2pm, at which we will be formally announcing the ratings and celebrating the huge amount of progress our staff have made to get us here. We have also invite ...

Hi all I mentioned last week that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was due to publish its final reports and ratings on Wednesday 8 February. Following a late amendment by the CQC to a couple of our ratings, we have requested a further period of time to review and respond. This means the event we had planned at Harplands will now take place later this month. As soon as I have ...

Hi all The theme of last week was our Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports! Following the factual accuracy process we haven’t yet received the final draft reports from the CQC. We are expecting them very soon and we will go through them for any changes that have been made. We will then be in a position to announce when the CQC is officially publishing its final report and rat ...

Hi all   I spent some time this week meeting a potential coach who will support me with some of the leadership issues I am experiencing. I want to find someone who will challenge me and get me to think differently about some situations.   I really believe the best leaders are those that are able to influence the widest range of people, to be able to get as many people as poss ...

Hi all I began the week last Monday meeting all the new staff who attended our corporate induction. This is always something I enjoy; it is great to meet people who have chosen to join us at Combined and share with them what our Trust is all about, our values and our vision for the future. It is great that the inductees are mainly clinical which represents all the progress we ...

Hi all A very happy new year to everyone. I hope that everyone had some time over the festive period to spend with friends and family – again a very big thank you to those staff who worked especially on the bank holidays; it is their commitment and compassion that makes Combined a great place to work and to be a service user. The start of a new year is an opportunity for us a ...

Hi all I started the week meeting all the new staff who attended our latest induction, sharing with them information about the Trust. It was good to see so many people there who have joined our bank. Once all the new staff have started with us our vacancy rate will have reduced to below 3% which is a great achievement. We need to make sure we value our staff and keep them for ...

Hi all I started last week driving to Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool for a review of my knee surgery with my consultant. It is nearly three years now since I was a guinea pig and joined a trial of having a KineSpring inserted as an alternative to a knee replacement. I have had lots of problems along the way, but have recently found a non-surgical intervention which ...