It’s all systems go as we build our new Executive Team

I hope everyone had a really enjoyable Easter. Many thanks to all our staff who continued to work over the Easter period.

Building our New Executive Team

In last week’s blog, I promised to let you have an update as soon as possible about arrangements for appointing a successor to our Director of Nursing and Quality, Maria Nelligan. I can now let you know that we are beginning the process not just of appointing to this post, but two more.

These will all be permanent appointments and are:

  • Assistant Chief Executive
  • Director of Nursing and Quality
  • Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Inclusion.

With the recent fantastic news about Combined becoming officially an Outstanding Trust – and with a strong reputation both for the quality AND the compassion of our services and our people – I know we will be a really attractive prospect for potential applicants. 

We are anticipating a strong potential field and, to that end, are being supported by a high-quality and experienced Executive Search company – Gatenby Sanderson.

Together, we have created a dedicated microsite to support the process and tell potential candidates about the Trust and the type of applicants we are looking for. In the interests of transparency, I thought you might appreciate the opportunity of seeing it for yourself. You can click here to see the microsite.

Of course, please feel free to circulate news of these opportunities and the link to the microsite to anyone who you feel might be a strong candidate to apply for any one of these posts.

Vote of Confidence from the ‘Together We’re Better’ STP

It was a pleasure to chair my first stocktake as Senior Responsible Owner for the STP mental health workstream last week.

It was gladdening to hear a ringing vote of confidence in the progress made thus far by the workstream which, as you know, is led on behalf of the STP by our Director of Operations, Jonathan O’Brien, and has had the Combined Healthcare Chief Executive as its SRO to date.

We know, of course, that we have faced – and will continue to face – really significant and deep-rooted challenges as we work together to build a sustainable future not just for mental health services, but for the entire Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent health and care economy. I would be the last person to underestimate the scale of the challenge we face.

But, as we do so, it is heartening that there is common recognition across all of our partners that the workstream is building on strong foundations of honesty, imagination and a willingness to work together on behalf of the communities and people we are here to serve.

Have an Outstanding half-day holiday on us!

There’s no doubt that we would not have been awarded the ‘Outstanding’ rating if it wasn’t for each and every one of our Outstanding staff.

As a thank you, we’re giving staff an additional half a day annual leave (3.75 hours). Rules for using your additional half day:

  • A standard 3.75 hours (3 hours and 45 minutes) is applied to all staff who qualify, irrespective of their contractual hours.
  • Eligible staff includes all staff in post as at 1 January 2019 and remain in employment on 1 April 2019.
  • This is a one-off award of annual leave to be taken in the current 2019-2020 leave year (April 2019-March 2020). As this is not a contractual award, it does not form part of staff entitlement to annual leave, and cannot be carried forward into a subsequent leave year.
  • Whilst our Bank staff are valuable members of the Team, they are not employees of the Trust (workers) and as such would not benefit from this award. It should also be noted that many of our Bank Staff are also employees within the Trust and as such will receive the benefit as part of their substantive employment.

Staff must liaise with their line managers as per the usual agreed process when seeking approval to claim the annual leave.

Once again, thank you for all your hard work and commitment in helping us to achieve this rating – I hope you enjoy your extra time off!