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Celebrating a fantastic year Many thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our AGM last Thursday. It really was a fantastic occasion and an opportunity to celebrate everything we have done over the past year with our own staff, our service users and our partners. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the stands in the breakout area and the main auditorium - thank you to every ...

Promoting Freedom to Speak Up It’s been a week where I’ve spent a lot of my time engaged in how we can support our staff to feel included and valued. One of the highlights was interviewing a range of excellent candidates for the role of our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. The role of the Guardian is to work alongside our teams to continue to support the organisation in becoming ...

I started the week feeling refreshed after a week's break. It was really nice to have a week off and spend time with my family - I have quite a lot going on at home at the moment with different members of my family needing support. As so much of my life is consumed with my work, I have had to review a little bit how I am spending my time to allocate more time to my family who a ...

Delivered by Dr Buki Adeyemo, Medical Director On Monday, I met with Dr John James, Interim Medical Director for the Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). I used the opportunity to talk about the progress we have made in developing and embedding clinical leadership across the Trust, including changing our management structure to double clinical leadership ...

It’s been another hectic but productive week, with the Trust once again proving its quality. Care Quality Commission (CQC) data submitted in full and on time  A significant amount of time last week was taken up in finalising the CQC data return that required over 220 information requests, not only for data but often requiring an explanation of our approach to a particular are ...

The past week has been seen not one, not two, but three extremely successful conferences and events organised by our staff and teams. On Tuesday, we hosted the latest in our nationally recognised Neuropsychiatry conferences. This was the sixth Neuropsychiatry conference we have hosted and the focus of this year’s event was Huntington’s disease (HD). This year marks the 30th an ...

I was really sad to start the week attending Justin Griffiths’ funeral. I felt enormously privileged to deliver the eulogy on behalf of Combined Healthcare and was so proud of our staff for the compassion and support they have shown. The turnout and support for Nicky and her family was overwhelming. It really felt like we were a ‘Combined’ family. This has been a week when the ...

Welcoming new staff to the Trust One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is welcoming new starters as part of their Corporate Induction session and last week was my latest opportunity to do so. It’s a great opportunity to welcome people to the Trust, explain all about what we do and how we do it and discuss the journey we're on towards outstanding. It struck me this week jus ...

Hi all It's been a week of discussing with our Board and our staff our plans for the future.  The result of the General Election means that we will have both continuity as a result of the current Secretary of State retaining his position, coupled with a little uncertainty as we all learn what impact the new arrangements in Parliament might have on plans for the NHS.​We're in t ...

Last week I carried out one of the most important of my annual legal duties as your Chief Executive. That is to sign off our Annual Accounts and draft Annual Report, once they had been cleared by our Audit Committee and in time for them to be submitted by the national legal deadline to NHS Improvement. That all sounds very dry and technical, but one of the things it enables us ...