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New Government/NHS England poster campaign

A new poster campaign from the Government and the NHS reinforces the “Stay home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives” message

Changes to team locations

PUBLISHED 1st April 2020

The table below provides detail of the relocation of teams during the Coronavirus period.

Service provision is not affected


Moving from

Moving to




Clinical Health Psychology

Bennett Centre

Lyme Brook

Friday – close of play

Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT)

Broom street

IST, Harplands

Friday – close of play

Children’s Learning Disabilities CLDT

Children Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Looked After Children

North Staffordshire core CAMHS

Dragon Square

Darwin (School side)

Friday – close of play

North Stoke core CAMHS

South Stoke Core  CAMHS



Darwin School site

Friday – close of play

Children’s Eating Disorders

Bennett Centre 

Darwin school site

Friday – close of play

Parent and Baby Team



Friday – close of play

IAPT Stoke 

Hope centre

Home working


Mental Health Support Teams

Dragon Square



Darwin school

Friday – close of play

Resettlement and Review

Hope Centre

All working from home


The NHS has been overwhelmed with volunteers registering to help. Although new sign ups are currently on pause, here is some guidance for volunteer managers.

COVID-19 advice is now available from Combined Healthcare in Easy Read, Large Print, Audio and BSL formats.

The advice – all of which has been approved by Public Health England – includes the following:

  • hand washing advice posters in Easy Read and Large Print formats
  • audio version of the hand washing advice
  • Easy Read Guide to Coronavirus
  • video on Coronavirus Essential Advice – British Sign Language
  • video on Home Isolation Advice For Those With Symptoms – British Sign Language
  • video on Coronavirus – Spot The Signs – British Sign Language
  • video on How to use the NHS – British Sign Language
  • video on Face Touching – British Sign Language

More will be added as they become available.

To access these resources click here

On behalf of everyone at Combined Healthcare, we would like to say Thank You to everyone who took part in the “Clap for the NHS” on Thursday 26th March.  We will all get through this together…

The Purple All Stars have released this excellent “hand washing rap”. Learn how to wash your hands – All together now here we go!

Our Deputy Director of Medicines and MACE, Helen Sweeney, has issued advice to community-based prescribers

  • prescriptions should continue to be issued for the standard 28 day duration for outpatient prescriptions
  • prescribers may wish to provide vulnerable patients with an additional post-dated prescription that family/friends may collect on their behalf

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Staffordshire and Stoke-onTrent has prompted the county’s public and emergency services to declare a major incident. 

Click here to read more

As part of our support to staff during the Coronavirus challenge, we provide regular updates, guidance and advice from our Executive Director of Operations, Jonathan O’Brien and our Chief Executive Peter Axon.

Recognising that many of them will now be working remotely or may not always be in a position to access the internal network or e-mails, we are making them available on our public website as well, so they are always accessible and available.

Click here to access the Staff Updates

On 24th March, our Chief Executive, Peter Axon, sent a message to all Combined Healthcare employees

Click here to read the message in full

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 onlinecoronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Tips for staying at home

It’s important to stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.


  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions
  • ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them
  • sleep alone if possible
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions
  • drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms


  • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
  • do not leave the house, for example to go for a walk, to school or public places

Protecting those at risk

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean