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 »

Combined publishes strategy for Outstanding Communications and Engagement

29 September, 2019 at 8:55 am

The Trust Board has approved the findings and recommendations of the Strategic Review of Combined Healthcare Communications and Engagement.  You can click on the image below to download a PDF copy of the whole Review. Or you can read all about it here Key findings​ The Trust’s existing Objectives, SMART Goals and Outcomes for Communications… Read more »

Preparations underway for our AGM

23 September, 2019 at 2:33 pm

This week, we are gearing up for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place on Thursday. This will be my first one here with the Trust and I’m excited to welcome everyone to the event. It’s also the final week for staff to enter the Graduate Management Training Scheme, so if you’re considering applying… Read more »

Kenny Laing appointed as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

10 September, 2019 at 12:30 pm

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kenny Laing as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

Come to our AGM 2019!

3 September, 2019 at 5:09 pm

The 2019 North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust Annual General Meeting will take place in the Boardroom at Lawton House, Bellringer Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8HH at 4.00pm on the afternoon of Thursday 26th September 2019.

Local Training Initiatives Lead us into September

2 September, 2019 at 10:29 am

I can’t quite believe Summer is coming to an end – it’s passed so quickly hasn’t it! With Autumn just around the corner, we welcome some exciting training and developmental initiatives to boost your career, including the High Potential Scheme and the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme – both offering unique opportunities to gain experience and… Read more »

High Potential Scheme (HPS)

27 August, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Do you aspire to a senior leadership role in the NHS? If the answer to the above is yes – apply for the High Potential Scheme (HPS) today! The HPS is an exciting new National Leadership Academy development programme that is being piloted for the first time within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP. A development programme like… Read more »

Shortlisted in HSJ Awards Mental Health Provider of the Year

27 August, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Celebrating our achievements as a trust is an exciting time. Firstly North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was announced by the Care Quality Commission this year and awarded the Trust an overall “Outstanding” rating – the highest overall rating they can award. Combined Healthcare is 1 of only 2 specialist mental health Trusts in England… Read more »

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 »