• How We Can Continue to Protect Each Other As We Move into the Winter Months October 5, 2020 - Hi all I don’t know if your gardens or local streets are the same as in our local area, but it seems the leaves have decided to come down in one fell swoop this year. It’s a true sign that Summer has finally faded and we’re well and truly into Autumn. It’s always struck me as... Read more »
  • Taking Time to Switch Off is a Crucial Part of Self-Care July 24, 2020 - Hi all As we near the end of the summer holiday season, as I mentioned in my email to all staff a month ago, I hope everyone has now managed to plan out and book annual leave between now and 30 March 2021 – or indeed taken some leave – to ensure they have time set aside to relax and replenish batteries and keep resilience... Read more »
  • Embracing new methods of communication July 13, 2020 - Hi all It’s been a little while since I used a CEO Blog to communicate with you. But both I and the entire Executive Team have been determined to ensure that during these unprecedented times, we keep in touch with all our staff and give you the opportunity to give us your views, feedback and ideas.... Read more »
  • How We Are Planning for a Future After Coronavirus April 28, 2020 - Hi all As we continue to rise to the challenge of COVID-19, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for all you are doing to continue to support each other and our service users in the most difficult of times. Of course, the most obvious priority has been organising our day-to-day operations, making sure... Read more »
  • CEO Blog – Staff Focus on COVID-19 March 19, 2020 - Hi all I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for how you’ve pulled together over recent days in the unprecedented situation in which the country – and the NHS in particular – finds itself. We all know that the NHS and its frontline staff always rise to a challenge and, faced with current events whilst I’m heartened with... Read more »
  • Improving our frontline feedback methods February 6, 2020 - Hi all It’s a real pleasure to be able to introduce another CEO Blog packed full of achievements, progress and accolades. UPDATE ON FRONTLINE FEEDBACK METHODS  In my last blog, I explained how I’ve asked our Communications Team to carry out a review and come back to the Executive Team with proposals on how to improve our frontline... Read more »
  • How We Have Progressed Since Achieving Outstanding & Why We Want To Develop our People January 13, 2020 - Hi all Only a couple of weeks into the New Year and it already feels like we’re fully up to speed after the break. We have our first Trust Board meeting this week and it’s a packed agenda. One of the main items in my CEO Board update is a stock take on the fabulous amount of work... Read more »
  • Claire Murdoch Opens our Crisis Care Centre and our Outstanding Staff Wish You A Merry Christmas December 23, 2019 - Hi all It’s been a little while since I last sent out a CEO Blog. With the General Election purdah period in force, most communications activity is put on hold until the result is known. As you may know, the General Election ended with changes in our parliamentary representatives for Stoke-on-Trent. Of course, we should... Read more »
  • Flying the Flag for Combined at the HSJ Awards November 18, 2019 - As I was on annual leave last week enjoying time with the family, I couldn’t attend the HSJ Awards but what a great night it was for Staffordshire. Both North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were shortlisted for Mental Health Provider of the Year at HSJ Awards 2019. Although... Read more »
  • Centre Of Excellence outcome for Step On Service October 31, 2019 - Last week, we held one of the most enjoyable Trust Board meetings I can remember since I joined the Trust – packed with evidence of the great services we provide and the people who deliver them. I thought I’d start this week’s blog by showing you show of what we enjoyed, including a great patient... Read more »