Crisis Care Centre takes on ‘Walk the UK’ for charity and sensory equipment

4 March, 2021 at 11:42 am

Staff from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust’s Crisis Care Centre are currently undertaking an ambitious challenge to walk (or run, or cycle) the equivalent of the UK coastline – over 11,000 miles – to raise funds for charity and for equipment for the Centre. Bethany Edwards, the Centre’s STR Pathway Lead, who has organised… Read more »

First Nursing Degree Apprenticeship launched by Combined Healthcare

10 February, 2021 at 10:44 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has launched its first Nursing Degree Apprenticeship programme (Mental Health pathway) in collaboration with academic partner University of Derby.  The three-year, full-time degree apprenticeship has been implemented following funding secured by Health Education England (HEE) and Combined’s Trust Board, and announced during National Apprenticeship Week 2021. HEE’s funding of… Read more »

Combined Healthcare and The Mental Elf team up for ‘Prescribing in the Pandemic’

20 January, 2021 at 2:12 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and leading mental health blog The Mental Elf have announced a joint online event in February 2021 looking at the topic of ‘Prescribing in the Pandemic’.  Taking place from 11am – 12:30pm on Tuesday 2 February 2021, the event will be livestreamed on The Mental Elf’s YouTube channel and will feature talks and… Read more »

Peter Axon interviewed on BBC Radio Stoke

16 January, 2021 at 11:51 am

How our magnificent staff are rising to the Covid challenge and maintaining outstanding mental health services in our acute and community settings

‘Ask the Board’ goes from strength to strength

14 January, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Combined Healthcare’s ‘Ask the Board Online’ innovation has had its best month ever


8 January, 2021 at 3:57 pm

It was extremely sad to learn of the death, shortly before Christmas, of Hilda Johnson – a true friend to Combined.

A New Year message from Peter Axon

31 December, 2020 at 4:49 pm

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.. it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Eric Gardiner appointed as Executive Director of Finance, Performance and Estates

17 December, 2020 at 8:24 pm

Eric will be joining the Trust next Spring, from Betsi Cadwalar University Health Board, where he is currently Finance Director – Provider Services.

Port Vale F.C. adds its name to Trust’s #YouAreNotAlone mental health campaign

15 December, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Port Vale F.C. has joined the growing list of regional names contributing to the #YouAreNotAlone NHS mental health campaign for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, led by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. Port Vale F.C.’s CEO Colin Garlick and Mental Health Ambassador Cristian Montano have recorded a special message.  Combined Healthcare is proud to have created… Read more »

Over 30 leading regional figures come together for NHS-led “You are not alone” campaign

3 December, 2020 at 7:13 am

36 organisations and individuals have come together to let you know that they are all there for everyone across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and that you are not alone.

NHS Staff Survey – our highest ever staff response

1 December, 2020 at 3:22 pm

We are delighted to announce the highest ever response from our staff to the NHS staff survey In all, 983 staff responded to this year’s NHS staff survey – a record number and also, at 61%, the highest percentage of eligible staff ever recorded. This beats last year’s record number (801) and is only the… Read more »

Combined announces biggest investment in its history

26 November, 2020 at 6:35 am

£15 million investment announced in acute and community mental health services

All Age Mental Health Access Team named Regional Champion in NHS Parliamentary Awards

23 November, 2020 at 9:59 am

The NHS in the Midlands has today revealed the ten individuals and teams it has chosen as regional champions for the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust’s All Age Mental Health Access Team, Crisis Care Centre has been named the Regional Champion in the ‘Excellence in Mental Health Care’ category. The… Read more »

We are proud to launch our new Trust Strategy

19 November, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Our new Trust Strategy focusses on Quality, People, Partnerships and Sustainability Click above to download the main Strategy document We are a Trust which prides itself on achieving the best possible outcomes for our service users and this strategy outlines our ambitions over the next four years. Significant progress has been made over recent years… Read more »

‘Combined Race Forward’ shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ Awards

18 November, 2020 at 1:55 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the NHS Workplace Race Equality Award at the 2020 HSJ Awards, recognising its outstanding contribution to advancing race inclusion in healthcare. Combined Healthcare has been shortlisted against tough competition, with the HSJ receiving over 1,000 entries to its Awards this… Read more »

Be Part of our Amazing Future at our Online Strategy Launch Event – 19 November

18 November, 2020 at 12:16 pm

On Thursday 19 November at 4.30pm, we unveil our strategy for an amazing future.  A future built on Quality, People, Partnerships and Sustainability. We want you to be part of it.  You will see video introductions to each theme, hear about how we plan to engage and have the opportunity to ask initial questions. It’s free… Read more »

“We will get through this together” – staff message from Peter Axon

3 November, 2020 at 4:57 pm

“We will get through this together” – staff message from Peter Axon

Start to Success Project – Keele and Staffordshire Universities working in partnership with Combined Healthcare

14 October, 2020 at 4:39 pm

New and innovative approaches to needs assessment and referral pathways

Future of the Kniveden Project

7 October, 2020 at 5:02 am

We want to let local people know about the work both now and into the future that Combined Healthcare and the Project are doing to continue to support those benefiting from its services.

How We Can Continue to Protect Each Other As We Move into the Winter Months

5 October, 2020 at 1:52 pm

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 »

Cognetivity Neurosciences works with Combined Healthcare on NHS first

5 October, 2020 at 11:28 am

Combined Healthcare is working with Vancouver’s Cognetivity Neurosciences Ltd to deploy its Integrated Cognitive Assessment (ICA) within our care pathway for patients with suspected dementia. This represents the first use of the ICA within the NHS. The ICA, Cognetivity’s flagship product and CE-marked medical device software, is a five-minute computerised test of cognitive function, offering… Read more »

Nursing Virtual Recruitment Fair attracts talent to Combined Healthcare

1 October, 2020 at 9:30 am

Combined Healthcare’s first Nursing Virtual Recruitment Fair has been hailed as a great success, attracting a range of applicants for nursing careers at the Trust. The Recruitment Fair was run via Microsoft Teams from 10:15am – 1pm on Tuesday 29 September, with a large amount of delegates staying throughout the whole event and a busy… Read more »

Come to our Nursing Virtual Recruitment Fair – 29 September 2020

23 September, 2020 at 1:32 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is excited to be running its Nursing Virtual Recruitment Fair live on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 29 September 2020 from 10:15am – 1pm – and we’d LOVE to see you there! We are delighted to offer an opportunity to meet with our staff and find out more about our… Read more »

Combined Healthcare Publishes Annual Report 19/20

17 September, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Combined Healthcare is pleased to announce that it has published its 2019/2020 Annual Report. At the start of our year 2019-20, we were delighted and proud to announce that the Care Quality Commission had awarded the Trust an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating – the highest overall rating they can award. The news meant that Combined Healthcare… Read more »


16 September, 2020 at 6:39 pm

The Kniveden Project in Leek offers a range of meaningful day activities where people can learn a range of skills, undertake formal and less formal training opportunities, enjoy leisure, recreational and therapeutic activities in a supported and safe community environment. The services are provided by Support, Time & Recovery workers employed by Combined Healthcare. The… Read more »

Come to our AGM 2020 – a celebration of Outstanding Services and People

7 September, 2020 at 7:16 am

We are proud to invite everyone to our AGM 2020 – Thursday 17th September 2pm (online countdown from 1.30pm)

Introducing Chris – our Combined Healthcare Recovery Information Specialist

4 September, 2020 at 10:32 am

As part of our continuing commitment to digital innovation, we are proud to unveil our second digital member of staff, Chris, to the world – our “Combined Healthcare Recovery Information Specialist” We know that using human presenters in corporate films, presentations and videos massively increases their impact.  When this is combined with  graphics, pictures and… Read more »

Tell us what you think

1 September, 2020 at 9:00 am

Community Mental Health Survey 2021 This Trust will soon be carrying out a survey to find out what service users think about their care. This is part of a national programme to improve quality of care and service users’ experiences. Your views are important to us Taking part in the survey is voluntary and all… Read more »

Patient Story Plus – Chloe’s Story – a service user with cerebral palsy

1 September, 2020 at 8:33 am

We are delighted to unveil the first edition of “Patient Story Plus”. It features Chloe, who provides powerful and challenging reflections, feedback and suggestions from her experience as a service user with cerebral palsy. “Patient Story Plus” is a new innovation we have introduced into our Trust Board programme of patient stories. We have always… Read more »

City named ‘area of concern’ for coronavirus cases, ‘reinforces need for us all to be vigilant’

28 August, 2020 at 1:41 pm

The naming of Stoke-on-Trent as an ‘area of concern’ for coronavirus cases was to be expected and reinforces the need for us all to be vigilant against the disease, according to city leaders.