North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 following the merger of four directly managed units, formerly providing adult and older people mental health, learning disability, and primary care services. We now provide mental health and learning disability care to people predominantly living in the city of Stoke on Trent and in North Staffordshire.
We currently work from both hospital and community based premises, operating from approximately 30 sites. Our main site is Harplands Hospital, which opened in 2001 and provides the setting for most of our inpatient units. All corporate staff moved to Lawton House, the current Trust Headquarters building, in December 2012.
We provide services to people of all ages with a wide range of mental health and learning disability needs. Sometimes our service users need to spend time in hospital, but much more often we are able to provide care in outpatient settings, community resource settings and in people’s own homes.
We also provide specialist mental health services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), substance misuse services and psychological therapies. In addition to our clinical services, we purchase some therapy services from NHS North Staffordshire; finance agency services from NHS Stoke-on-Trent, and hold agreements for both clinical and non-clinical services with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust.
Our team of around 1,250 whole time equivalent (WTE), 1,450 (headcount) are committed to providing high standards of quality and safe services. We service a population of approximately 464,000 people from a variety of diverse communities across Northern Staffordshire. The Trust’s closing income for 2013-2014 was £87.5m.
Our main NHS partners are the two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke on Trent CCG. We also work very closely with the local authorities in these areas, as well as specialist commissioners in areas such as children’s mental health services and substance misuse.
In addition, we work closely with agencies which support people with mental health problems, such as the North Staffs Users Group, Approach, ASIST, Brighter Futures, Changes, EngAGE, North Staffs Huntington’s Disease Association, Mind, North Staffs Carers Association, Reach and the Beth Johnson Association.
The Trust manages its services through six clinical directorates:
- Adult Mental Health Inpatient
- Adult Mental Health Community
- Substance Misuse
- Learning Disabilities
- Neuro and Old Age Psychiatry
- Children and Young People's Services
Each division is headed by a Clinical Director supported by a Head of Directorate.
We provide a growing research and development programme in collaboration with local and regional research networks – extending the role of this function features in our plans for the future including building on current infrastructure to continue to deliver high quality research across a wide range of mental health topics.
We work in partnership with a range of educational establishments to support staff training. These educational links raise the profile of our Trust, help the wider healthcare community to improve mental health and learning disability services and ensure that our staff keep up to date with best practice. Our research and education partners are:
· The West Midlands Workforce Deanery.
· University of Keele Medical School.
· Keele University.
· Staffordshire University.
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