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Message to nursing and clinical staff from Kenny Laing, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

2 April, 2020 at 8:28 am

Our Executive Director of Nursing and Quality Kenny Laing has released this video COVID 19 message to our nursing and clinical staff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p886j-yOS30 The text of Kenny’s message is below: “Hello, for those of you who I haven’t met, my name is Kenny Laing and I am the Director of Nursing & Quality for the Trust…. Read more »

COVID-19 Advice now available in Easy Read, Large Print, Audio and BSL formats

29 March, 2020 at 6:52 am

COVID-19 advice is now available from Combined Healthcare in Easy Read, Large Print, Audio and BSL formats. The advice – all of which has been approved by Public Health England – includes the following: hand washing advice posters in Easy Read and Large Print formats Easy Read Guide to Coronavirus audio version of the hand… Read more »

Thank you from the NHS

27 March, 2020 at 7:34 am

On behalf of everyone at Combined Healthcare, we’d like to say a big `’Thank You” to everyone who took part in last night’s “clap”. We will get through this together…

Major incident declared in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

26 March, 2020 at 8:25 am

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has prompted the county’s public and emergency services to declare a major incident.  Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF) is made up of multiple agencies who work together to plan and prepare for localised incidents and civil emergencies.  The members of the SRF have agreed to declare… Read more »

Read our COVID-19 Staff Updates

24 March, 2020 at 6:19 pm

As part of our support to staff during the Coronavirus challenge, we provide regular updates, guidance and advice from our Executive Director of Operations, Jonathan O’Brien and our Chief Executive Peter Axon. Recognising that many of them will now be working remotely or may not always be in a position to access the internal network… Read more »

Message from Peter Axon, Chief Executive to Combined Staff

24 March, 2020 at 10:34 am

Our Chief Executive, Peter Axon, has today sent this message to all Combined Healthcare staff.

Communications Team arrangements during COVID-19 period

20 March, 2020 at 4:46 pm

As we prepare for the next stage of Trust operations to combat coronavirus,  I thought it would be useful to confirm the expected working arrangements for the Trust Communications Team during the COVID period. Most importantly, I should confirm that the overriding objective of the Comms team is to do everything we can and need to… Read more »

Working together to combat COVID-19

19 March, 2020 at 9:47 am

Hi all I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for how you’ve pulled together over recent days in the unprecedented situation in which the country – and the NHS in particular – finds itself. We all know that the NHS and its frontline staff always rise to a challenge and, faced with current events whilst I’m heartened with… Read more »

Combined Healthcare wins national praise in new CQC Report on Sustaining Improvement

5 March, 2020 at 1:33 pm

New CQC Report on “Sustaining improvement’ applauds Combined Healthcare for unique achievement in maintaining its improvement trajectory after receiving an overall CQC Outstanding rating Combined Healthcare is proud to be singled out today by the NHS Regulator – the Care Quality Commission – as an example for others to learn from in how to sustain… Read more »

NHS Staff Survey Results – The Highlights

26 February, 2020 at 3:57 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare is delighted to announce the standout results from the National NHS Staff Survey 2019, having received a record number of responses. This year, an impressive 52.6% of Combined employees took the time to respond to the NHS Survey – the highest figure for the Trust to date. This annual anonymous survey,… Read more »

Tosca Fairchild elected as Chair of Show Racism the Red Card

25 February, 2020 at 10:04 am

Combined Healthcare is delighted to announce the election of our Assistant Chief Executive, Tosca Fairchild, as Chair of Show Racism the Red Card.

Improving our frontline feedback methods

10 February, 2020 at 11:27 am

Hi all It’s a real pleasure to be able to introduce another CEO Blog packed full of achievements, progress and accolades. UPDATE ON FRONTLINE FEEDBACK METHODS  In my last blog, I explained how I’ve asked our Communications Team to carry out a review and come back to the Executive Team with proposals on how to improve our frontline… Read more »

High Potential Scheme Launch Event

3 February, 2020 at 11:54 am

Tuesday 28 January 2019 was a significant day for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Together We’re Better STP as we celebrated, as a system, the launch of the first national pilot of the NHS High Potential Scheme.  The event was launched by our Chief Executive and STP Senior responsible officer, Peter Axon, and Shajeda Ahmed, our Director… Read more »

We’ve Jabbed Our Way Past the Flu Vaccination Target!

3 February, 2020 at 11:49 am

We’ve vaccinated over 80% of our frontline staff against the flu, hitting the ambitious target set by NHS England.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all our staff who have had their vaccination, andthank you to our wonderful team of vaccinators who have been working hard over the winter months to reach as many staff as… Read more »

How We Have Progressed Since Achieving Outstanding & Why We Want To Develop our People

13 January, 2020 at 10:34 am

Hi all Only a couple of weeks into the New Year and it already feels like we’re fully up to speed after the break. We have our first Trust Board meeting this week and it’s a packed agenda. One of the main items in my CEO Board update is a stock take on the fabulous amount of work… Read more »

Cristian Montaño tells fans “it’s ok not to be ok”

31 December, 2019 at 8:40 am

On the eve of the biggest game of his life, as Port Vale prepare to take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, one of the Vale’s biggest stars, Cristian Montaño, talks candidly about the pressures of the game and how he overcame his own issues with mental health by being brave enough to talk… Read more »

Claire Murdoch Opens our Crisis Care Centre and our Outstanding Staff Wish You A Merry Christmas

23 December, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Hi all It’s been a little while since I last sent out a CEO Blog. With the General Election purdah period in force, most communications activity is put on hold until the result is known. As you may know, the General Election ended with changes in our parliamentary representatives for Stoke-on-Trent. Of course, we should… Read more »

Get Involved in RED January 2020

16 December, 2019 at 12:36 pm

The aim of RED January 2020 is to support our mental health in January by getting active every day, your way. RED stands for ‘run every day’ – but please be assured no running is required if this isn’t your thing  RED is all about pushing yourself to up your activity level from its current… Read more »

Combined launches Psychological Professions Strategy

6 December, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Combined Healthcare is proud to launch its new Psychological Professions Strategy. The strategy was formally launched at an event today attended by Chief Executive, Peter Axon, Medical Director Buki Adeyemo and chaired by Matt Johnson, Head of Psychology. To download the strategy click on the link below. Download the Strategy Here

The three factors that make us Outstanding

4 December, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Peter Axon, Chief Executive of Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, outlines the three factors that make up an Outstanding organisation.

Come to our new Recruitment Fair!

25 November, 2019 at 10:44 am

Our Recruitment Open Day
Date: 10th December Time: 3pm – 7pm

Location: Hanley Fire Station, Lower Bethesda Street Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RP

Flying the Flag for Combined at the HSJ Awards

18 November, 2019 at 12:10 pm

As I was on annual leave last week enjoying time with the family, I couldn’t attend the HSJ Awards but what a great night it was for Staffordshire. Both North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were shortlisted for Mental Health Provider of the Year at HSJ Awards 2019. Although… Read more »

Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent set to introduce One Health & Care Electronic Integrated Care Records

12 November, 2019 at 12:03 pm

 Patients’ health and care records in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will soon be available electronically to authorised health and social care practitioners. It will mean a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to access the same crucial information as a GP, such as details of allergies and… Read more »

Centre Of Excellence outcome for Step On Service

31 October, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Last week, we held one of the most enjoyable Trust Board meetings I can remember since I joined the Trust – packed with evidence of the great services we provide and the people who deliver them. I thought I’d start this week’s blog by showing you show of what we enjoyed, including a great patient… Read more »

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 »