North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 following the merger of four directly managed units, providing adult and older people mental health, learning disability, and primary care services.
We employ over 1,900 staff and our turnover for 2011/12 was just over £83 million, serving a population of approximately 464,000 people. We provide mental health services from just over 30 sites - our main site being a private finance initiative (PFI) facility located at the Harplands Hospital which opened in 2001 and which provides the setting for most of our inpatient units. Service delivery is supported by five resource centres spread across the county which provide step up and step down alternatives for acute hospital admission and a children’s and adolescent inpatient unit.
In addition to our inpatient services, we provide the following:
- Crisis resolution and home treatment support through our community teams.
- Specialist mental health services which include inpatient drug and alcohol services; liaison psychiatry; community mother and baby services; mentally disordered offenders and psychological therapies.
- Child and adolescent mental health services including community tier 2 and 3 services.
- Neuropsychiatry services.
- Organic older people’s mental health services.
- Learning disability services provided in both hospital and community settings.
The Trust manages its services through three clinical divisions:
- Adult Mental Health Services
- Children and Young People's Services
- Learning Disability, Neuropsychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry
Each division is headed by a Clinical Director supported by a Business Manager. Within each Division, Clinical Leads champion clinical excellence for the specialty.
In addition to our clinical services, we provide shared services (health informatics, information technology, estates and health and safety) to NHS Stoke-on-Trent and NHS North Staffordshire. We also 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.
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.