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Hi all...   Partnerships are at the heart of how Combined delivers services and outcomes for the people we serve. Working in partnership enables us to provide even better services and support to our service users and carers. Much of my last week was spent supporting partners.    Stoke-on-Trent System Improvement Plan My wee ...

Hi all...   Another busy and fulfilling week albeit a bit shorter due to the bank holiday - I hope people who weren’t working had a great sunny bank holiday and a massive thank-you to those of you who were working. We had quite a few events and lots of excitement!   Towards Outstanding Engagement event highlights successes o ...

Hi all...   A week of celebrations and opportunities I hope everyone enjoyed a pleasant and relaxing Bank Holiday break in the sunshine.  And many thanks to all of our staff who were working over the period. What a week that was!  It was a week when we celebrated our journey of improvement to date and kept up the pace and trajectory towards out ...

Hi all...   Last week was a busy , interesting and varied week with a mixture of internal Trust priorities and external developments. Our real focus last week was on our plans for 2018/19. We had an Executive Team away day where we went through in detail all the team's individual and team objectives. It is really important that we agree as a tea ...

Hi all...   Hearing the patient voice One of the initiatives we have been working on in recent months is to introduce video patient stories into our Board and Committee proceedings.  We have always been proud of our achievements in getting the voice and influence of our service users embedded in how we work at Combined - for example, having the ...

Hi all...   The awards and nominations keep coming! It's been another week of awards and presentations for awards for staff and initiatives at Combined!  This appears to be a regular fixture in my diary at the moment - and long may it continue! Valuemakers As I flagged up in last week's blog, I had the pleasure of beginning the week by travell ...

Hi all... A week of more 'firsts' and awards Another week and the pace of change and achievement hasn't let up! It seems almost every week at the moment I have the pleasure of letting you know about new achievements and new 'firsts' delivered by Combined.  And this week is no different... Combined Healthcare the first mental health trust to sign Dying to Work Charter The ...

Hi all... Together We're Better vision entering an exciting phase This was one of those weeks when I really got a sense that the service transformation and innovations we have been pursuing for a long time in our patch are really stepping up a gear.  On Thursday I spent  the whole day in a series of meetings with fellow Chief Executives and lea ...

Staff Survey results show progress continues Thank you to everyone who completed the recent annual NHS Staff Survey. The results are in and they confirm that our journey of improvement Towards Outstanding continues. Coming hot on the heels of the CQC rating every one of our services as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, it’s welcome further evidence that our journey of improvement is al ...

Beating 'the beast'! What an extraordinary week, that was!  The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ brought incredible weather conditions across England, with snow and blizzards creating immense challenges to everyone looking to provide public services. Driving in from Shropshire, I can tell you, was quite an experience! Our fantastic staff did what they do every time they face a ...