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 »

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.