A week of external recognition for our staff

12 November, 2018 at 4:29 pm

This was a week where we took further significant steps forward on our inclusion and openness agendas, and were able to celebrate significant external recognition for the efforts of our staff. INCLUSION COUNCIL DRIVES OUR BAME AGENDA FORWARD It was both a pleasure and a privilege to chair the second meeting of our Inclusion Council in… Read more »

As the night draws in, our flu campaign is more important than ever

6 November, 2018 at 4:47 pm

As the darker, colder nights are upon us, I think about the cold and flu season approaching and just how important our flu campaign is. It protects more than just our own health. It helps to protect our family, friends, colleagues and of course, our vulnerable patients. The news that we have achieved record figures for October, is simply fantastic and… Read more »

A bumper week of progress all round

29 October, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Hi all It’s been another bumper week of progress and developments across a whole range of areas, from the Staff Survey to Flufighting…and the chance to showcase some of the fantastic research and innovation being produced by our teams. TRUST BOARD UPDATE  It was, as usual, another packed agenda for the latest meeting of the Trust Board on Thursday…. Read more »

Guest blogger: Suzanne Robinson updates us on the week

22 October, 2018 at 8:43 am

Delivered by Suzanne Robinson, Director of Finance, Performance and Digital Hi all… I’m your guest CEO blogger this week and there’s lots to talk about! WELCOME TO OUR NEW STARTERS! This time of year is one of my favourites, and not simply because I love Autumn!  It’s because this is the time when our annual cohort… Read more »

Two of our important projects are off to a flying start

15 October, 2018 at 11:35 am

Hi all Two of our most important annual projects involving frontline staff are now underway and I’m delighted to tell you that they’re both off to a flying start. FLU FIGHTERS GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH The great start to this year’s #CombinedFlufighter campaign is showing no sign of let up, with a second 24-hour Jabathon last Friday, which went really well. We have… Read more »

Combined Healthcare marks World Mental Health Day

10 October, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but today is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. World Mental Health Day, recognised by The World Health Organisation on 10 October every year, provides an opportunity for all organisations working on mental… Read more »

A week full of staff participation

8 October, 2018 at 8:54 am

This was a week when a number of important initiatives in the Trust began – with opportunities for all our staff to get involved. And it was a week when I was able to spend time with fellow Chief Executives across the country, with a great story to tell about our Trust and our continuing journey… Read more »

New locality structure goes live

7 October, 2018 at 8:51 pm

The new locality structure for North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust went live on 1st October 2018

Combined Healthcare launches Freedom to Speak Up Champions

3 October, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Combined Healthcare has launched its Freedom to Speak Up Champions initiative, open to all staff to become a Champion

New localities structure launches as we look back on the year

1 October, 2018 at 3:44 pm

What a great week and a great AGM. As our Chair David Rogers observed, what marked it out was that it was as much about looking forward to new opportunities as it was about celebrating what we achieved in the past year. That sums up where we are and where we aim to be going….Towards… Read more »

Combined publishes 2018 Annual Report and Quality Account

25 September, 2018 at 4:56 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare is proud to publish its 2018 Annual Report and Quality Account

New contract wins amongst CQC deadlines

24 September, 2018 at 9:07 am

Hi all Last week was preoccupied with gathering all the data that the CQC requested as part of the preparation for their next visit. We need to submit over 200 returns – many requiring detailed narrative. CQC DATA RETURN SUBMITTED ON TIME Our staff and teams across the Trust pulled out all the stops to… Read more »

Listening to our staff across a range of disciplines

17 September, 2018 at 2:01 pm

This week saw us listening to our staff across a whole range of disciplines and activities across the Trust as our journey towards outstanding continued apace.

Symphony of Hidden Voices brought diverse stories to life

10 September, 2018 at 8:32 am

This was a week which contained the widest range of news – achievements, challenges and significant developments.

Developing our partnership with Positive Practice

3 September, 2018 at 8:23 am

Hi all It’s great to be back after a break. Thanks to Buki for standing in as my Deputy whilst I was away and for being the guest blogger last week. UPDATE ON LOCALITY WORKING Progress towards locality working continues. This week, we are publishing for our staff a response to the Stage 3 consultation…. Read more »

Guest blog: Listen again to BBC Stoke’s spotlight on Mental Health

28 August, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Hi all It’s time once again for me to be your guest CEO Blogger as Caroline is on a well-earned break. Can I start by thanking everyone who was working over the Bank Holiday. Your support for our service users is truly appreciated. PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF MY WEEK I had the pleasure of exploring wider… Read more »

Yet more examples of how great our staff are

20 August, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Hi all It’s been another packed week and more reminders of the progress we’re making and the fabulous people who work in our Trust. UPDATE ON LOCALITY WORKING As you know, the consultation process on Phase 3 of our move toward a structure of locality working has closed this week and we have received significant, useful and… Read more »

Summer is a great chance for reflecting on the year

13 August, 2018 at 3:01 pm

What a summer we’re having! Record temperatures and wall to wall sunshine are a great thing, and traditionally it’s a time for taking a breather and reflecting on the year to date. I hope lots of you have managed to take or are planning a well earned summer break to take some time away from work with your family and friends.

Locality working is on track – don’t miss out on having your say

6 August, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Hi all, This was a week of further progress across a whole range of our strategies – both internally in Combined and across the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area. LOCALITY TRANSFORMATION UPDATE Phase 3 of our restructure is still underway with the consultation process starting on Monday 16 July – with much interest and views. This… Read more »


3 August, 2018 at 5:19 pm

We are delighted to be hosting our second Inclusion Conference ‘Symphony for Hidden Voices’ on 7 September.

We’re seeing exciting progress for our strategies this summer

30 July, 2018 at 3:59 pm

This was a week of exciting progress across a whole range of our strategies – both internally in Combined and across the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area.
I had a busy and enjoyable week last week with some great things to share with you.

REACH Awards

25 July, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Our Annual REACH Awards took place on Thursday 5 July, celebrating our fantastic staff and 70 years of the NHS.
This year’s event was the biggest we’ve ever held, with more nominations and awards than ever before.

A week of meeting, events and milestones to lay the foundations

16 July, 2018 at 10:45 am

Hi all This was a week that appeared to be packed full of meetings, events and milestones that concentrated on laying the foundations for real long term and fundamental transformation and progress, as well as confirming external approval for our strategic approach. LOCALITY TRANSFORMATION PASSES SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES Last week week saw our programme to introduce locality working pass significant… Read more »

What a week to celebrate!

9 July, 2018 at 2:25 pm

What a week! The NHS turned 70, as we enjoyed one of the biggest and best celebrations of our staff we have ever held!


Both myself and David Rogers and the Board were absolutely delighted and felt very privileged to present our Annual REACH Awards on Thursday night. This year’s event was the biggest we’ve ever held, with more nominations and awards than ever before

Stepping closer in our Towards Outstanding journey

25 June, 2018 at 11:05 am

The most recent examples of my blog have really demonstrated how our journey towards outstanding is gathering in pace and delivery. This week’s continues that trend.

Raise a cuppa and help design the NHS for the next 70 years

20 June, 2018 at 8:29 am

Together We’re Better, the partnership transforming health and social care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, is inviting local people to help shape the NHS for the next 70 years. The NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday on 5th July and Together We’re Better, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), would like you to… Read more »

We’re making significant steps towards locality working

18 June, 2018 at 11:09 am

Hi all… This was a week when our progress towards locality working took significant steps forward and when we were delighted to receive national recognition at the Annual NHS Confederation Conference. Progress towards locality working Our progress towards implementing our new localities structures continues apace. Engagement sessions continue to be held with teams, which I know… Read more »

All Combined services rated as Good or Outstanding

12 June, 2018 at 1:48 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has today welcomed the publication of its latest CQC inspection, which – for the first time in the Trust’s history – rates every Combined Service as “Good” or “Outstanding”.  The Trust’s overall rating is “Good”. The results mean that Combined Healthcare is the best rated mental health trust across the whole of the… Read more »

Awards success for Finance and Learning Disabilities Teams

11 June, 2018 at 11:12 am

Hi all… Well last week was a very mixed one. With some real highs and some more difficult moments. Awards success for Finance and Learning Disabilities Teams We had a fantastic day and night of Awards success last Thursday from not just one, but two, simultaneous ceremonies. First up was our brilliant Finance Team, who scooped the award… Read more »

What ‘Outstanding in all we do’ really means to us

4 June, 2018 at 11:19 am

Hi all… Hope you those of you that weren’t working had a good weekend and thank you to those who were working. I spent some time last week supporting my brother who is still struggling with addiction. He was admitted for an in-patient detox in a crisis into a general hospital – although they were not a… Read more »