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It’s been another hectic but productive week, with the Trust once again proving its quality. Care Quality Commission (CQC) data submitted in full and on time  A significant amount of time last week was taken up in finalising the CQC data return that required over 220 information requests, not only for data but often requiring an explanation of our approach to a particular are ...

The past week has been seen not one, not two, but three extremely successful conferences and events organised by our staff and teams. On Tuesday, we hosted the latest in our nationally recognised Neuropsychiatry conferences. This was the sixth Neuropsychiatry conference we have hosted and the focus of this year’s event was Huntington’s disease (HD). This year marks the 30th an ...

I was really sad to start the week attending Justin Griffiths’ funeral. I felt enormously privileged to deliver the eulogy on behalf of Combined Healthcare and was so proud of our staff for the compassion and support they have shown. The turnout and support for Nicky and her family was overwhelming. It really felt like we were a ‘Combined’ family. This has been a week when the ...

Welcoming new staff to the Trust One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is welcoming new starters as part of their Corporate Induction session and last week was my latest opportunity to do so. It’s a great opportunity to welcome people to the Trust, explain all about what we do and how we do it and discuss the journey we're on towards outstanding. It struck me this week jus ...

Hi all It's been a week of discussing with our Board and our staff our plans for the future.  The result of the General Election means that we will have both continuity as a result of the current Secretary of State retaining his position, coupled with a little uncertainty as we all learn what impact the new arrangements in Parliament might have on plans for the NHS.​We're in t ...

Last week I carried out one of the most important of my annual legal duties as your Chief Executive. That is to sign off our Annual Accounts and draft Annual Report, once they had been cleared by our Audit Committee and in time for them to be submitted by the national legal deadline to NHS Improvement. That all sounds very dry and technical, but one of the things it enables us ...

Events in Manchester Like most of you, the events in Manchester last week affected me deeply. No words can express sympathy or sorrow enough for those caught up in those terrible events and I know that some of our own staff were directly affected. The worst of times can also bring out the best in us - it was heart warming to see how so many people offered to help in so many di ...

Delivered by Dr Buki Adeyemo, Medical Director Hi all Our new Electronic Patient Record is now live!   I'm very pleased that as a result of the massive effort of hard working members of staff our Trust, though affected by last weekend's NHS-wide cyber attack, were able to pull through and launch our Raising our Service Excellence (ROSE) electronic patient record over the wee ...

Hi all Well what a week we have had - some fantastic events and some real challenges; a real reflection of the NHS! At the end of last week I was delighted that the work we have led across the health economy on compassion funded by Health Education England was recognised nationally. Rob Cragg, our Deputy Director of People and Strategy, and Dr Sarah Leamann, Assistant Directo ...

Hi all It’s been a busy week with a real focus on what the Staffordshire health and care system can do to support the financial challenges that are mainly in University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP). Part of the solution from our perspective is a North Staffordshire and Stoke multispeciality comm ...