Chloe’s story – one of our most powerful Patient Stories yet

9 July, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Today’s Trust Board meeting heard one of the most powerful and challenging Patient Stories we’ve ever produced Chloe provides powerful and challenging reflections, feedback and suggestions from her experience as a service user with cerebral palsy. This story was originally heard and discussed at the Trust Quality Committee. A fuller version of this story, including a… Read more »

“Ask the Board Online” goes from strength to strength at today’s Trust Board

9 July, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Today’s Trust Board meeting saw our new “Ask the Board Online” service go from strength to strength. “Ask the Board Online” was a key recommendation of the Trust Strategic Review of Communications, agreed by the Trust Board in October 2019. Using this new facility anyone can use this webform to make a comment or suggestion… Read more »

Introducing CARA – our Combined Avatar for Recovery Action

8 July, 2020 at 5:14 am

As part of our continuing commitment to digital innovation, we are proud to unveil our newest member of staff, CARA, to the world – our “Combined Avatar for Recovery Action” We know that using human presenters in corporate films, presentations and videos massively increases their impact.  When this is combined with  graphics, pictures and other… Read more »

Learning Disabilities Awareness Week Virtual Craft Session – Wednesday 17 June 2020

3 July, 2020 at 1:04 pm

After the craft session, we sent Amanda the photographs; via text; Amanda replied: “Hi Kerry, thanks very much for the pictures I’ve really enjoyed doing the craft and speaking to everybody and seeing everyone. Thanks very much for everything it was lovely to see you.” Amanda “I like what I’ve done with staff and it’s… Read more »

Pride 2020 – we sign off with Podcast on “life as a trans woman”

30 June, 2020 at 10:10 am

Jenny Harvey is our Chair of Staff Side and attends the Trust Board. She has worked for years for Combined Healthcare NHS, representing staff in all aspects of industrial relations, negotiation, representation and advocacy. She is a member of our People, Culture and Development Board Sub-Committee and our Inclusion Council and provides inclusion training for… Read more »

Mary, 92, Leaves for a New Home After COVID Recovery

26 June, 2020 at 2:27 pm

In this video, Mary Hilditch is 92 years of age and transferred to Ward 4 for an assessment of her care needs. Mary unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 last month. Here is Mary almost three weeks later – looking as bright as a button as she leaves the ward, moving on to her new home… Read more »

Service Users and Carers Survey – Experiences During COVID-19

23 June, 2020 at 9:31 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is collecting information to provide a clear view of the experiences of our service users and carers during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and for you to have an opportunity to be involved and influence how we move forward as restrictions ease.  We would really value your input in providing… Read more »

Life in Lockdown submissions – #LDWeek2020

17 June, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Learning Disability service users are being encouraged to submit their photos and pictures of ‘Life In Lockdown’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be used as part of a display by the Community Learning Disability Health Team. It is important to find things to do to keep active, healthy and well during these unprecedented times…. Read more »

Learning Disability Week 2020

11 June, 2020 at 10:33 am

Learning Disability Week, presented by the charity Mencap, runs from 15 – 21 June and Combined will be supporting with a range of activities, as well as awareness content from our corporate social media channels. The theme for 2020 is the importance of friendships during lockdown. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been living… Read more »

Carers Week 2020

11 June, 2020 at 9:46 am

Carers Week (running until 14 June 2020) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting the campaign on our social media channels this week, highlighting the vital… Read more »

Black Lives Matter – we will stamp out racism together

5 June, 2020 at 2:46 pm

We are sure you will all be aware of recent events taking place in the United States surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. The global response, including in the United Kingdom, shows beyond doubt that we have witnessed an extraordinary moment and an extraordinary reaction. As an NHS Trust, as an employer of people from all… Read more »

Coronavirus – the frontline story. Our most powerful Podcast ever.

3 June, 2020 at 1:45 pm

In our most powerful and important Podcast to date, Dr Becky Chubb, Consultant and Older Person’s Lead at Combined Healthcare tells the story of life on the NHS frontline during Covid. This testimony was originally delivered as a contribution via Microsoft Teams to our People, Culture and Development Committee on 7th May 2020. Becky talks… Read more »

Step On Services Continue In New Ways As It Expands Team

27 May, 2020 at 10:56 am

Step On has shared details of how it has maintained its services and adapted to recent changes due to Coronavirus. The team supports people who have experienced mental health difficulties and are ready to return to work or look for employment. The team of 20 work across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent with service users from Combined… Read more »

Combined Healthcare Revolutionises Young People’s Access to Mental Health Services with Digital Platform

22 May, 2020 at 1:06 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to launch a new service to enhance access to mental health support and services for children, young people and the adults in their lives. Together with DXC Technology, the Trust has created the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Digital Portal as the blueprint to dramatically… Read more »

Eid Mubarak (Happy Eid) to all our Colleagues, Service Users and Carers

22 May, 2020 at 11:52 am

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our staff, and especially our Muslim colleagues who have been observing Ramadan over the past 4 weeks, Eid Mubarak or Happy Eid!Eid al-Fitr (or ‘little Eid’) also called the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ is religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end… Read more »

Peter Axon opens the “Rainbow Suite” – support for workplace staff during challenging times

20 May, 2020 at 6:35 pm

We continue to do everything we can to support our staff who have to be in the workplace. Our ‘Rainbow Suite’ is a fantastic new resource we are making available at our Harplands Hospital site. The ‘Rainbow Suite’ includes a relaxing lounge, with a wonderful outside garden, showering facilities and kitchen, including a large freezer,… Read more »

“We’re here for you” Combined emphasises for Mental Health Awareness Week

18 May, 2020 at 2:28 pm

The NHS is here for you to support your mental health says Medical Director Dr Buki Adeyemo Dr Adeyemo was speaking in a video released today as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.  In the video, she says: “Particularly in this Covid era that we’re in, as important as it is to look after our… Read more »

“Ask the Board Online” goes live

14 May, 2020 at 3:38 pm

Combined Healthcare is proud to have gone live with a new online facility as part of its ongoing commitment to openness, transparency and innovation The new facility is called “Ask the Board Online” and was a key recommendation of the Trust Strategic Review of Communications, agreed by the Trust Board in October 2019. It can… Read more »

Combined Healthcare creates COVID Support Guide for local community

13 May, 2020 at 9:48 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has responded to the challenges that different groups of society may be facing during the coronavirus pandemic and created a support guide. Click on the image above to download the support guide The document provides tailored advice to adults, children and people with learning disabilities, recognising their varying needs…. Read more »

Combined Healthcare Supports BAME Colleagues During COVID-19

6 May, 2020 at 12:46 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has applied additional measures to protect its staff from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds during the coronavirus pandemic. The Trust has taken further steps to protect BAME staff in response to reports from Public Health England, which show that these groups of people are more likely to… Read more »

Combined launches new facility to allow anyone to submit questions to Trust Board online

5 May, 2020 at 2:42 pm

Combined Healthcare is proud to launch a new online facility as part of its ongoing commitment to openness, transparency and innovation. The new facility is called “Ask the Board Online” and was a key recommendation of the Trust Strategic Review of Communications, agreed by the Trust Board in October 2019. It can be accessed by… Read more »

Tosca Fairchild heads national NHS/football collaboration to combat racism

30 April, 2020 at 8:04 am

Combined Healthcare Assistant Chief Executive, Tosca Fairchild, is heading a new charity campaign highlighting the racial abuse suffered by NHS staff Show Racism the Red Card – of which Tosca is the national Chair –  is launching a new video this Friday 1 May which follows the stories of frontline NHS staff as they recount… Read more »

How We Are Planning for a Future After Coronavirus

28 April, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Hi all As we continue to rise to the challenge of COVID-19, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for all you are doing to continue to support each other and our service users in the most difficult of times. Of course, the most obvious priority has been organising our day-to-day operations, making sure… Read more »

Ramadan 2020 – an update from Shajeda Ahmed

17 April, 2020 at 3:34 pm

On behalf of Shajeda Ahmed, Director of Workforce, OD & Inclusion You may be aware that the Muslim holy period of Ramadan is approaching (23 April – 23 May). I am writing to wish you all colleagues a peaceful and healthy Ramadan 2020 over the continuing difficult weeks ahead, as we continue to work together and… Read more »

Combined Healthcare launches video consultations

15 April, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Combined Healthcare is proud to launch video consultations Our Digital Team have been piloting a video consultation (VC) solution “Attend Anywhere” (AA) within a few teams over the past week. AA allows staff to undertake a virtual consultation with the patient, where all parties can see and hear each other.  This pilot has been rapid,… Read more »

New Health and Wellbeing resources now available to support our people through Covid-19

15 April, 2020 at 11:19 am

Combined Healthcare has produced a brand new dedicated section on our CAT Intranet containing new health and wellbeing resources to support our people through Covid-19. The new section – created jointly by our OD Team, Matt Johnson, the Trust’s head of Psychology and Jan Summerfield, Staff support and counselling service Manager – can be accessed… Read more »


10 April, 2020 at 5:57 am

Andy and Rob from the Infection Prevention and Control Team show you how to put on (Don) PPE, take a nasal and throat swab, and take off (Doff) PPE safely in 5 minutes and 32 easy steps!

STAY AT HOME, SAVE LIVES: Posters in Alternative Languages

9 April, 2020 at 10:23 am

Public Health England has now created its STAY AT HOME, SAVE LIVES poster in the following languages: Bengali Gujarati Punjabi Polish Romani Romanian Russian Urdu You can click the languages above for the posters, or click below for our dedicated page of a range of Coronavirus guidance and advice in alternative formats, including Easy Read,… Read more »

Celebrating the Outstanding Actions of our Staff

7 April, 2020 at 2:10 pm

Hi all I hope you’re all getting used to our new ways of working, as we continue to meet the challenge of COVID-19.  Like most of you, I’m learning how to send most of my time engaging online via Microsoft Teams and quite the revelation it is too. Who would have thought we could revolutionise our working… Read more »

Combined Healthcare is proud to launch Combined…United

3 April, 2020 at 4:14 pm

The Coronavirus challenge is bigger than anything most of us will have faced in our working lives. But the bigger the challenge, the greater are the heroes and heroines who rise to it.  That is why we are proud to launch Combined…United.  Our values of compassion and teamwork drive what we do and who we… Read more »