Ask the Board Online Archive

In May 2020, Combined Healthcare was proud to launch a new online facility as part of its ongoing commitment to openness, transparency and innovation.

Using our unique ‘Ask the Board’ facility anyone can use a webform – available by clicking here – to make a comment or suggestion or ask a question in advance of each Open Trust Board meeting.   A response is provided as part of the Chair’s Report to the Board meeting, which are publicly available as videos shortly after the meeting.

The archive of previously asked questions and our responses is provided below, together with a link to the relevant filmed response.  

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Michelle Craggs

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08/07/2021

Can you please tell me how many young people with ADHD get transferred over to adult services?
How many of these young people will regularly see a psychiatrist to meet the nice guidelines?

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Michelle Craggs

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Can you please explain the role of the QB testing for ADHD patients? At the moment I’m hearing parenting saying this is used as a diagnostic tool. Which is what it’s not intended to

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Michelle Craggs

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08/07/2021

How will the trust address the long waiting lists for Camhs? Many children are struggling due to the very long waiting lists and it’s not acceptable.

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Michelle Craggs

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08/07/2021

Will the Camhs team be given training about writing and producing reports for EHC plans? At the moment many Camhs workers don’t understand their role and importance in this process.

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Michelle Craggs

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08/07/2021

The trust must embed digitalization very quickly. It’s silly a waste of money and resources writing prescriptions. Patients need to focus on their recovery and carers spend all their time caring they should not be chasing prescriptions that the trust write.

When will the trust consider moving over to digital prescriptions that can be sent to the pharmacist?

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Jamie Ward

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13/05/2021

I have had a few questions lately around long term Covid community clinics. Are there any specific clinics currently available for patients to access support/aftercare if they fit the criteria?

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Emma Boote

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13/05/2021

Adults and children can have both Autism and ADHD, yet when it comes to a diagnosis you can only choose one to be assessed for. If you are diagnosed with one, you then get told well you can’t have an assessment for the other and it wouldn’t make a difference if you have a diagnosis, it does make it different, a diagnosis gets you a self understanding, finding support groups, medication if needed, help from school, college, university and employees, a beefed sense of the world we live in.
Please can you stop asking parents and patients to choose which one they need the most help with. As we sometimes do not know we function differently than others.
Please can this be changed ?

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Ian Syme

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11/03/2021

Childrens Services:

Trust Board papers item11 Q3 Safeguarding Report (pge 49) identifies emerging data showing Covid 19 restrictions in combination with other vulnerabilities having a significant impact on children and young people including severe neglect, substance misuse, sexual assault, suicide, sudden infant death and non accidental injury. Furthermore data nationally is now emerging that children who have had covid infection can also suffer clinically significant ‘Long Covid” symptoms including significant Mental Health needs.
CAMHS prior to the Covid Pandemic were stretched!
Are the Trust acquiring data now that identifies substantial unmet Mental Health needs amongst these children and how with your partners (N.Staffs Combined Healthcare CAMHS cannot possibly address this increased need alone) will the Trust ensure such children will not be subject to increasingly extended waits to identified services?

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Louise Williams

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14/01/2021

Why isn't more being done for our SEN children?

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Jamie Ward

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14/01/2021

A resident who has multiple conditions such as, Asbestosis and COPD but does not receive oxygen (and therefore does not fall under the immediate priority list) would like clarity on where they fall under the Covid-19 Priority Groups. Can an update be provided as to where they fall and how long they may likely have to wait (we appreciate this may not be possible to identify waiting timeframes).

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Jamie Ward

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14/01/2021

Residents have asked if there are any dedicated Covid-19 virtual support groups for long term suffering Covid-19 patients?

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Jamie Ward

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14/01/2021

Due to the ongoing limitations of traditional Enter and View procedures, would North Staffs Combined Healthcare NHS Trust consider working with Healthwatch Stoke to trial and test a virtual form of Enter and View?

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Michelle Craggs

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14/01/2021

Can the trust share an example of a good care plan?
What warrants a good care plan?
Should all care plans be at this standard?
What do I do when the care plan doesn’t reflect the above answers?

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Jamie Ward

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14/01/2021

We have been informed by a number of residents that there seems to be an inconsistency in the delivery of vaccinations. Some residents have had both doses of vaccine while other residents are still waiting on the first. Can this be clarified as to why it may be happening?

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Kelly Robinson

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14/01/2021

Please could explain how mental health services are in such local crisis, increased deaths local and suicide rates are continuing to rise . What can you propose to do more support as funds continue to decrease in community services.

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Barbara Colclough

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12/11/2020

Why were Combined Health employees who ran the Mental Health support groups at Bethel and other venues transferred to S. ON. TRENT Council who are always pleading poverty. How long can these groups continue with the Council.?

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Maureen Roberts

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10/09/2020

I would like to ask about the future of Knivedon

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Amjid Wazir

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09/07/2020

What action have you taken to support BAME members of staff and service users during the Covid period and what do you plan to do over the future period to continue that support?

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Ian Syme

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09/07/2020

The covid19 pandemic has certainly exposed fractures and challenges in Care Delivery nationally and locally (and of course internationally). A recent article in the HSJ highlighted that NHSE and NHSI have now ordered urgent reviews into deaths of people with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Autism. The CQC had published data in June 2020 which suggests death rates amongst those with LD and/Autism has DOUBLED during the pandemic. NHSE/I has previously refused to publish data from the LeDer programme or its data on LD deaths. Would Combined Healthcare care to comment on the above and is the Trust actively involved in providing data and information to both PHE and NHSE/I review on what certainly appears a significant flaw in Care Delivery to an extremely vulnerable patient cohort?
Thank You
Ian Syme

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Andrew Budworth

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14/05/2020

What events, activities and promotions did Combined Healthcare carry out for Stoke-on-Trent Pride this year and what are you doing to ensure that the rights and profile of your LGBT staff and service users are protected and promoted all year round, not simply during the annual Pride period?

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Ian Syme

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14/05/2020

NHS and Care Sector employees Well being

The unprecedented pressures NHS and Care Employees are having to cope with now and certainly in the foreseeable future to address all aspects of Covid19 and also having to adapt to very different social interaction do have consequences for individuals. It’s very likely that prior capacity to address Care sector and NHS employee stress and anxiety will be unable to cope with significant increase in demand.

a. How is Combined Healthcare going to ensure that employee stress and anxiety, the Mental Health of its employees, will be swiftly identified individually and swiftly acted upon? The announced national initiative of a telephone ‘Help Line’ certainly won’t suffice!

b. Combined Healthcare will be facing considerable increases in demand for its services from those employed within the NHS perse and the greater Care sector. Has Combined any ‘projections’ or mapping information that gives an indication of the magnitude of such service demand increases? If so would the Trust give a “flavour” of the expected increase in demand for its services

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