Watch the REACH Awards Highlights to relive the Night

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. In this blog, we pay tribute to all our winners and those Highly Commended. And now you can relive a great night via the highlights on our YouTube channel where  everyone who won an award or was highly commended can see the fabulous comments their nominator said about them.

The hard work to look forward to an even better future for Combined continues apace, as we continue to complete appointments to our new Executive Team. I was delighted to be able to inform you that Tosca Fairchild has been appointed to be our new Assistant Chief Executive. This comes on top of our recent appointments of our new Director of Workforce and OD, Shajeda Ahmed, and our Head of Psychology, Dr Matt Johnson. This week, we will be interviewing for the post of Director of Nursing and Quality. It’s great to see the new team coming together.

A personal highlight for me was taking part in my second BAME Reverse Mentoring session with my mentor. We held a fascinating meeting of the Inclusion Council, where we continued to develop new ideas for our recruitment approach to successfully recruit and develop our BAME staff. We also launched one of our most powerful Podcasts to date, featuring the words of a frontline nurse facing racism and micro-aggression at work.

REACH 2019 – A Record Breaker

Many thanks to everyone who nominated and/or voted in this year’s REACH Awards. It was a record-breaking year and made our job of deciding the winners and those who are highly commended even tougher than ever. On behalf of our entire Board, and perhaps more importantly, your fellow members of staff, many congratulations to the following winners:

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Winner – Step On Vocational Service

Highly Commended
Lesley Faux and Tanisha Simpson
Tehsien Zaheer

Leading with Compassion Award

Winner – Leah Benson

Highly Commended
Wendy Thorley
Richard Bagnall
Sandra Storey

Partnership Award

Winner – LAC CAMHS Team

Highly Commended
Primary Care Team – Moorcroft and Moss Green Surgeries
Dean Burgess and Andy Bough
The Awake Craniotomy Service

Valuemaker Award

Winner – Dave Norcup

Research and  Development Award

Winner – DBT Team

Highly Commended
Felicity Watkin and Phil Emery – Suicide Prevention Tool
Practice Education Team

Rising Star Award

Winner – Joanne Willis

Highly Commended
Amy Davidson
Fiona Campbell

Unsung Hero Award

Winner – Steve Jones

Highly Commended
Sarah Tombs
Corrina Bentley
Adam Chambers

Proud to CARE Award

Winner – Carole Rowley

Highly Commended
Beth Condliffe
Brenda Pennington

Volunteer / Service User Representative of the Year Award

Winner – Craig Boulding

Highly Commended
Linda Anderson
Russell Barratt
Tom Wilson

Service User and Carer Council Award

Joint Winners
Wendy Dutton
Marie Barnett

Special Recognition Award
Maria Nelligan

Team of the Year Award

Winner -Nurse Prescribers (ADHD CAMHS Team)

Highly Commended
Mental Health Liaison Team
Family Group – Ward 4

Chairman’s Award

Winner – Leah Benson

Click here to watch the REACH 2019 video playlist – Nominator’s text and award footage – award by award.

Appointments to our Executive and Senior Team

We continue to make appointments to our Executive and Leadership Team.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tosca Fairchild as the new Assistant Chief Executive Officer at Combined. Tosca has a wealth of senior experience in corporate  affairs, corporate governance, clinical governance, compliance, risk management, legal services and communications. She will be joining us on 4 November from her role as Director of Governance & Communications at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust. She previously has held roles at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Derby Hospital, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Foundation Trust and Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Shajeda Ahmed as our new Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Inclusion. Shajeda will be joining us in October from her role as Associate Director of Workforce & Organisational Development at Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. She is an experienced HR professional with a genuine passion for driving forward cultural change, leadership development and workforce sustainability through harnessing the talents of the workforce. Her expert knowledge around diversity and inclusion, organisational development and transformation is combined with her deeper understanding of how to set a clear strategy toward achieving equality for both workforce and patients.

And we are delighted to welcome back to the Trust Dr Matt Johnson as Head of Psychology. Matt first joined the Trust in 1996 as an honorary Assistant Psychologist working with older adults, and completed his older adults, child and specialist family therapy placements whilst he was training from 2001-4. He took his first job as a clinical psychologist in the CAMHS Learning Disabilities (LD) Team on qualifying in 2004 and worked in the CAMHS LD Team for 10 years, holding a number of roles including Quality and Governance Lead, Clinical Lead, Service Line Manager and Team Leader. He moved to our Learning Disabilities directorate in 2015 and took on a joint role as Clinical Director of Children and Young People’s services, where he did a superb job before taking up an opportunity to join the senior team at Keele University. Welcome back, Matt!

We Want to Know What YOU Think About Communications!

We’re proud of our reputation at Combined Healthcare for having one of the most respected communications teams in the region. And we’ve invested in new tools and techniques over the past couple of years to enable us to continually improve how we communicate and engage with our staff and service users, stakeholders and communities – celebrating successes, hearing perspectives and keeping everyone informed about what is going on across the Trust and our services.

But we’re not complacent. And we are always looking to get even better and deliver a service and outcomes that match the very best in the NHS and deliver what our staff, stakeholders and service users want and need.

So we’re giving YOU the opportunity to tell us – warts and all, plaudits and brickbats – what you think of how we communicate and engage at Combined. What you value most, what else you’d like to see, and where you think we should be concentrating our efforts in the coming weeks and months.

You can do this via a short survey we have created. We’ve road tested it with some frontline staff and we think it should take you around 15-20 minutes to complete. So it’s an ideal way to settle down with a tea or coffee and tell us what you think.

To do so, click on the button below and take the survey.

Myself and the Communications Team REALLY want to hear from you. And we WILL listen to what everyone tells us.

Many thanks for taking the time to take part. It really is appreciated.

Staff Nurse Story – One of Our Most Powerfull Podcasts to Date

This week, we launched one of our most powerful Podcasts to date. One very brave nurse who worked in our services shared her story of facing racism and micro-aggression with us, which a local poet has interpreted – it makes very powerful listening. It demonstrates that we have much to do to make Combined a diverse and welcoming organisation for all.

We all have a responsibility to speak out if we observe any behaviours which are not congruent with our values and so I am asking all staff to take 10 minutes to listen to this Podcast, discuss diversity and inclusion within their team meetings and seek the views and support of teams to stamp out racism.

You can listen to the Podcast by clicking here.