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 »

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 »