Combinations Podcast focuses on Parkinsons Disease

18 April, 2019 at 10:27 am

Our latest Combinations Podcast features Lorraine, Vice Chair of the Parkinson’s Social Club, and Elke Henson, specialist neuro-psychiatry nurse, talking about the disease, how it affects people and the work the club does to support local people with Parkinsons. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which causes problems in the brain and gets worse over… Read more »

Getting to Know You

15 April, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Meetings and Greetings One of the most enjoyable aspects of joining any new organisation is that it provides an opportunity to get to know new people, new colleagues and new partners – at all levels. A good part of the week was spent with me having one-to-ones with our Board, both my fellow Executive Team… Read more »

One week in and it already feels like home…

9 April, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Well, it’s only been a week since I first started as your Chief Executive – and already it feels like home. When I applied for the post, I obviously spent some time researching how the Trust performed, the strengths of its people and its services. I remember saying at my Stakeholder Panel and interview how… Read more »

Stoke Heath Integrated Care goes live

2 April, 2019 at 10:19 am

Our new contract for the delivery of health services at Stoke Heath Prison goes live

Peter Axon appointed as Chief Executive

2 April, 2019 at 8:56 am

We are delighted to welcome Peter Axon as our new Chief Executive from 1 April

Combined Healthcare is rated “Outstanding” by CQC

28 March, 2019 at 10:38 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted and proud to announce that the Care Quality Commission have awarded the Trust an overall “Outstanding” rating – the highest overall rating they can award. The news means that Combined Healthcare is 1 of only 2 specialist mental health Trusts in England with an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating. … Read more »

Building on our Successes with the Board & our Medics

18 March, 2019 at 3:04 pm

BOARD DEVELOPMENT SESSION As an example of how we will be building on our successes, the Board held an all-day development session last Thursday, where we were able to further develop our plans and thinking for moving forward. The theme of the day was strengthening our integrated working and considering how we move from our current Alliance Board to… Read more »

Guest Blog: National Apprenticeship Week and awards triple whammy

12 March, 2019 at 11:12 am

I’m your guest blogger, as Caroline was on annual leave last week. It was a week when we celebrated the achievements of our apprenticeships, we received great news in a triple whammy of awards and we dedicated the latest meeting of our Leadership Academy to developing our Directorate business plans for 2019/20.   COMBINED LANDS TRIPLE… Read more »

Combined lands triple-whammy of awards and accolades

8 March, 2019 at 10:26 am

We are deeply proud of our track record in winning awards and securing nominations as we continue on our journey towards outstanding. And this week has seen a series of fantastic announcements from healthcare and industry that shows our success is continuing without let-up Commenting on the news, Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive said. “This is simply brilliant news. The awards… Read more »

Trust Board brought us unsung heros, retirements & a heartfelt patient story

7 March, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Last week was a week when we celebrated our staff survey results, heard a hugely impactful patient story at our Trust Board and continued the roll out of our new Combinations Podcast with a fabulous look at the front line music collective, Jam Factory. This week, we’re inviting you to learn more about apprenticeships and submit and idea for… Read more »


26 February, 2019 at 10:10 am

We are delighted to announce this year’s results of our NHS Staff Survey

Why co-design will help to provide better care for locals

25 February, 2019 at 4:45 pm

It has been another hectic but productive week across a whole range of areas – both internal to Combined Healthcare and across the system as a whole. PLANS FOR THE COMBINED LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME We are pleased to be working in partnership with AQuA to develop and produce a leadership development programme starting on 4 April, aimed at… Read more »

A last-minute system summit for working better together

18 February, 2019 at 9:22 am

Looking back and reflecting on last week, I would have to say it was very challenging! Myself and some of the Executive team were asked to attend a last-minute system summit due to concerns about the financial position across the STP and the need for us to have a credible plan moving into 2019/20. EXPLORING WAYS… Read more »

What the NHS Long Term Plan means for Mental Health

12 February, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Hi all The theme of last week was focusing on planning, discussing how the NHS Long Term Plan boosts mental health and our own one-year and long-term plans. Whilst it is really positive that extra investment is coming for mental health services, we still have significant challenges, financially, across our health and social care system. OUR… Read more »

Guest Blog: Buki Adeyemo – Our new service helps to make Time To Talk

4 February, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Hi all I’m your guest blogger this week, as Caroline is on annual leave. Last week was a week when we looked to the future, delivered some great engagement and consultation with our service users and prepared to mark Time to Talk Day 2019 by unveiling a great new service to raise awareness and understanding of mental health.            … Read more »

Initial CQC feedback is in – and it makes me so proud

29 January, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Last week made me so proud to be Chief Executive at Combined Healthcare. The initial feedback we received from the CQC at the end of their round of inspections was overwhelmingly positive and is a real tribute to the dedication, hard work and quality of the people we employ and the services we provide. At the start of the inspections,… Read more »

Peter Axon appointed as Combined Healthcare’s Chief Executive

22 January, 2019 at 10:45 am

Peter Axon has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. Peter has a wealth of senior experience in finance, strategy, contracting, information and performance. He will be joining us from his role as Chief Finance Officer/ Deputy Chief Executive at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Peter said: “I… Read more »

Collaborative initiatives make for a busy week at Combined

14 January, 2019 at 9:15 am

Last week was a really positive week due to the fantastic care that you deliver day in and day out! As you know, we had the CQC inspecting our core services, and the feedback we’ve had has been really encouraging. But we also saw a number of developments and initiatives which show just how much is going on across Combined Healthcare. INSPECTIONS UDPATE … Read more »

2019 is off to a flying start at Combined

7 January, 2019 at 11:13 am

Hi all A very Happy New Year! Firstly a very big thank-you to everyone who worked over the festive period. I know you gave time up away from your families and friends and I am sincerely grateful to you as I am sure our service users and carers were as well. Well to bring in 2019, we… Read more »

CQC Workshops are underway before the Christmas break

17 December, 2018 at 10:04 am

There isn’t much time left until CQC will be back with us and preparations are in full swing. INSPECTIONS UDPATE  We have now begun our Trust core service workshops, intended to offer reminders of CQC regulations, the assurance required per core service and highlight innovations within the services. These assist frontline staff who are likely to interact… Read more »

Our staff were great ambassadors for the beginning of our CQC inspection

10 December, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Last week, a really important focus for us was the beginning of our CQC core inspection, with the inspectors visiting our Adult Community services. I need to say a very big thank-you to everyone who was part of the inspection you were great ambassadors for the excellent services you deliver day in and day out. INSPECTIONS UDPATE  The… Read more »

Suicide Prevention Conference highlights our determination for target zero ambition

3 December, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Last week was very packed with some really great things going on and loads of sharing and learning. CQC UDPATE  The CQC announced well led inspection has been confirmed to take place on 21–23 January. The well led element of the inspection focuses more on the Trust’s Executive Team, structures and governance. The CQC will be trialling… Read more »

State of the art new PICU opens at Harplands Hospital

27 November, 2018 at 11:40 am

On the 29th October, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (NSCHT) opened a new state-of-the-art Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) facility based at the Harplands Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

A positive week across the health and social care system

26 November, 2018 at 11:38 am

Last week was a busy and positive week, both within the Trust and across the health and social care system. STOKE-ON-TRENT CQC SYSTEM PROGRESS REVIEW  The National CQC team visited Stoke-on-Trent last week to review the progress we had made with our system plan. You will recall that, following the review last year of how… Read more »

Our IAPT services get national recognition

19 November, 2018 at 2:07 pm

This was a week where we celebrated achievement by our IAPT and our progress on staff survey and flu fighting went from strength to strength. IAPT SUCCESS HIGHLIGHTED AT SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING It was a true pleasure to see the success of our IAPT team highlighted at last week’s Senior Leadership Team meeting. Our Annual Report had already… Read more »

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 »