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Hi all What a week! The NHS turned 70, as we enjoyed one of the biggest and best celebrations of our staff we have ever held!   WE'RE REACHING HIGHER THAN EVER! Both myself and David Rogers and the Board were absolutely delighted and felt very privileged to present our Annual REACH Awards on Thursday night. This year's event was the biggest we' ...

Hi all...   The most recent examples of my blog have really demonstrated how our journey towards outstanding is gathering in pace and delivery.  This week's continues that trend.      Latest Trust Board meeting As usual, I was able to update the latest Trust Board meeting on developments from across Combined in my CEO Board ...

Hi all... This was a week when our progress towards locality working took significant steps forward and when we were delighted to receive national recognition at the Annual NHS Confederation Conference.    Progress towards locality working Our progress towards implementing our new localities structures continues apac ...

Hi all... Well last week was a very mixed one. With some real highs and some more difficult moments.    Awards success for Finance and Learning Disabilities Teams We had a fantastic day and night of Awards success last Thursday from not just one, but two, simultaneous ceremonies.   First up was our brilliant Finance ...

Hi all...   Hope you those of you that weren’t working had a good weekend and thank you to those who were working. I spent some time last week supporting my brother who is still struggling with addiction. He was admitted for an in-patient detox in a crisis into a general hospital - although they were not a specialist unit, they treated him with real kindness and c ...

  Hi all...   Improving how we work and deliver our services doesn't come easy. It takes determination and effort from teams and individuals across the Trust, particularly when the going has been tough. This week I saw first-hand many examples of where we're rising to the challenge.   Lates ...

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 ...