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Coming together for Suicide Prevention for World Mental Health Day

14 October, 2019 at 2:00 pm

What a simply fantastic month October is proving to be. So much going on, so much good news to share and so much to look forward to. It means another packed CEO Blog to share with you all. OUR NEW £1.1 MILLION CRISIS CARE CENTRE HOLDS OPEN DAYS FOR STAFF AND SERVICE USERS We pulled out… Read more »

Marking World Mental Health Day

9 October, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Combined Healthcare is proud to lead co-ordination of work on suicide prevention across the whole of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP.

Combined launches new Freedom To Speak Up Champions Portal

3 October, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Combined has launched a new Freedom To Speak Up Champions Interactive Portal

Looking to exciting times ahead as we unveil our new £1.1m Crisis Centre

2 October, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Autumn is here! And as we say farewell to another Summer, the last week has given us an opportunity to look back with pride on a great year for Combined Healthcare and, just as importantly, look forward to some really exciting times ahead.  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The 2019 North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust Annual… Read more »

Combined Healthcare invites all to see brand new £1.1m mental health Crisis Centre

1 October, 2019 at 2:41 pm

On Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October, Combined Healthcare is proud to hold Open Days for its brand new £1.1 million Mental Health Crisis Centre, based at the Harplands Hospital, Hilton Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6TH .  The Open Days run from 10.00am to 4.00pm on both days and are open to all. The new service… Read more »

AGM 2019: Watch Again

30 September, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting took place yesterday, with a huge variety of stalls on display in the hall of Harplands. The board took time before the proceedings to admire and learn about each and every team’s display, before hosting the AGM in the gym. The AGM went smoothly, with our Chair David Rogers opening… Read more »

Combined publishes strategy for Outstanding Communications and Engagement

29 September, 2019 at 8:55 am

The Trust Board has approved the findings and recommendations of the Strategic Review of Combined Healthcare Communications and Engagement.  You can click on the image below to download a PDF copy of the whole Review. Or you can read all about it here Key findings​ The Trust’s existing Objectives, SMART Goals and Outcomes for Communications… Read more »

Preparations underway for our AGM

23 September, 2019 at 2:33 pm

This week, we are gearing up for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place on Thursday. This will be my first one here with the Trust and I’m excited to welcome everyone to the event. It’s also the final week for staff to enter the Graduate Management Training Scheme, so if you’re considering applying… Read more »

Kenny Laing appointed as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

10 September, 2019 at 12:30 pm

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kenny Laing as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

Come to our AGM 2019!

3 September, 2019 at 5:09 pm

The 2019 North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust Annual General Meeting will take place in the Boardroom at Lawton House, Bellringer Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8HH at 4.00pm on the afternoon of Thursday 26th September 2019.

Local Training Initiatives Lead us into September

2 September, 2019 at 10:29 am

I can’t quite believe Summer is coming to an end – it’s passed so quickly hasn’t it! With Autumn just around the corner, we welcome some exciting training and developmental initiatives to boost your career, including the High Potential Scheme and the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme – both offering unique opportunities to gain experience and… Read more »

High Potential Scheme (HPS)

27 August, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Do you aspire to a senior leadership role in the NHS? If the answer to the above is yes – apply for the High Potential Scheme (HPS) today! The HPS is an exciting new National Leadership Academy development programme that is being piloted for the first time within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP. A development programme like… Read more »

Shortlisted in HSJ Awards Mental Health Provider of the Year

27 August, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Celebrating our achievements as a trust is an exciting time. Firstly North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was announced by the Care Quality Commission this year and awarded the Trust an overall “Outstanding” rating – the highest overall rating they can award. Combined Healthcare is 1 of only 2 specialist mental health Trusts in England… Read more »

Getting Back Up To Speed After a Summer Break

19 August, 2019 at 9:00 am

If, like me, you’ve just returned from a summer break with loved ones, I really hope you had a chance to take a well-earned rest and recharge your batteries. For those about to go on their holidays, I hope you manage to find some sun – it’s been more like Autumn in Stoke-on-Trent the past couple… Read more »

Combined celebrates neurodiversity through Umbrella Project

13 August, 2019 at 8:29 am

The Umbrella Project 2019 celebrates the gifts, talents and employability of those who are neurodiverse and we’re celebrating it across the Trust

Combined Healthcare launches Listening and Engagement Active Partnerships (LEAP)

6 August, 2019 at 8:50 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is proud to launch a new initiative in our approach to listening and engagement – Listening and Engagement Active Partnerships (LEAP).

Latest Podcast focuses on Stress Management Tips and Techniques

2 August, 2019 at 4:01 pm

In conversation with Fiona Campbell, Sarah Toombs from the Combined Healthcare Staff Counselling Service discusses stress and how it manifests itself, plus offers hints, tips and techniques for understanding, recognising and dealing with stress

Guest Blog: Buki Adeyemo

31 July, 2019 at 9:57 am

Peter is on annual leave this week, so I’m your Guest CEO Blogger.  It’s been a week when we’ve raised the national profile for our clinical expertise via podcasting, celebrated fantastic commitment from our frontline staff and said goodbye and thanks to much valued colleagues. DR BECKY CHUBB FEATURED IN ROYAL COLLEGE PODCAST We were delighted… Read more »

Community Drug and Alcohol Service – change of location

30 July, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Our location is changing. Our care isn’t. CDAS currently provides services from  Wood House on Etruria Road, Stoke-on-Trent,  as well as a small number of community locations and through remote/flexible working. It is important that the people who require our support are able to easily access our services and for some service users we have identified new premises… Read more »

Watch the REACH Awards Highlights to relive the Night

17 July, 2019 at 9:47 am

The dust is now settling on our fantastic REACH Awards. Thank you so much to everyone who took part, nominated someone, received an award or helped with putting on the celebration. It really brought home to me what a very special place Combined is and what a privilege it is to be your Chief Executive…. Read more »

Shajeda Ahmed appointed as Executive Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Inclusion

16 July, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Shajeda Ahmed appointed as Executive Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Inclusion

We’re celebrating NHS Values Week

16 July, 2019 at 12:22 pm

This week is NHS Values Week. The overall values of the NHS, as set out in the NHS Constitution, are: Working together for patients Compassion Respect and dignity Improving lives Commitment to quality of care Everyone counts We’re proud to be #livingthevalues ever day of every week and have created this short film below to… Read more »

Tosca Fairchild appointed as Assistant Chief Executive Officer

12 July, 2019 at 10:12 am

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tosca Fairchild as the new Assistant Chief Executive Officer at Combined.

A Record-Breaking Year for our REACH Awards

26 June, 2019 at 1:34 pm

As I mentioned in last week’s Blog, I anticipated finishing last week very positively, with the pleasure of sitting down with colleagues to decide the overall winners and highly commended awards for REACH 2019. It didn’t disappoint. The enjoyment of reading the fabulous tributes from staff to each other, for the brilliant work you all… Read more »

Leadership Academy highlights major themes for the Trust

19 June, 2019 at 12:20 pm

One of the hallmarks of an Outstanding organisation is the degree to which frontline staff support and respect each other and so it was no surprise but a genuine pleasure for me to be told that, at the end of the nominations process for this year’s annual staff REACH Awards, we had smashed all previous records for… Read more »

Awards Season is in Full Swing

28 May, 2019 at 2:39 pm

After our second Bank Holiday of the month, once again can I start by thanking all staff who worked over the holiday period – it really is appreciated. It’s been really enjoyable recently, getting out to the frontline, meeting our staff and leaders, and and opportunity to celebrate yet more Awards success – this time from our fabulous Finance Team and… Read more »

Numerous award wins for the Trust

15 May, 2019 at 9:53 am

Celebrating our achievements as a Trust and individual teams is something that we seldom make time to do, as we are so often in the mindset to look to the future. This week, we made sure to recognise our nurses at our Nursing Conference, our staff and service users in CAMHS at the Children &… Read more »

Networking is at the heart of our partnership working

8 May, 2019 at 9:19 am

Developing and supporting strong, inclusive and positive networks between staff, service users, carers and health and care partners is at the heart of good leadership and successful partnerships. This week has provided a number of opportunities for me to continue to do so. And we have had some great proof from our Substance Misuse Team… Read more »

A Week Full of Firsts

29 April, 2019 at 2:54 pm

It’s been a week full of firsts as I continue to become acquainted with our staff and our services, and introduce myself to some key stakeholders in our community.  Having the Freedom to Speak Up Matters to all of us The importance of giving staff the outlets to raise concerns they have about staff or patient… Read more »

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

23 April, 2019 at 12:43 pm

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,… Read more »