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.

Cara introduces the Programme Management Office

8 August, 2020 at 7:30 am

In her second outing since joining Combined Healthcare, our digital member of staff, Cara (Combined Avatar for Recovery Action) is delighted to set out our exciting plans for a Programme Management Office (PMO).

Job Opportunity – Learning Disability Expert By Experience Advisor

31 July, 2020 at 8:53 am

We have a new and exciting role we have within our Learning Disabilities Service. We have three 8-hour posts for an ‘Expert by Experience Advisor’. To be able to apply for these jobs, you have to: be over 18 have a diagnosed learning disability, and have accessed our service, either recently or in the past…. Read more »

Taking Time to Switch Off is a Crucial Part of Self-Care

24 July, 2020 at 11:38 am

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 »

Visiting arrangements at Combined Healthcare

24 July, 2020 at 10:23 am

Visiting at Combined is by appointment only. Find details here.

You Are Not Alone

17 July, 2020 at 8:47 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has released a new video on YouTube and across its corporate social media channels this week entitled ‘You Are Not Alone’. We are living in unprecedented and stressful times throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the messaging acts as reassurance that however people are feeling, these reactions are normal… Read more »

Embracing new methods of communication

13 July, 2020 at 10:18 am

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 »

Chloe’s story – one of our most powerful Patient Stories yet

9 July, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Today’s Trust Board meeting heard one of the most powerful and challenging Patient Stories we’ve ever produced Chloe provides powerful and challenging reflections, feedback and suggestions from her experience as a service user with cerebral palsy. This story was originally heard and discussed at the Trust Quality Committee. A fuller version of this story, including a… Read more »

“Ask the Board Online” goes from strength to strength at today’s Trust Board

9 July, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Today’s Trust Board meeting saw our new “Ask the Board Online” service go from strength to strength. “Ask the Board Online” was a key recommendation of the Trust Strategic Review of Communications, agreed by the Trust Board in October 2019. Using this new facility anyone can use this webform to make a comment or suggestion… Read more »

Introducing Cara – our Combined Avatar for Recovery Action

8 July, 2020 at 5:14 am

As part of our continuing commitment to digital innovation, we are proud to unveil our newest member of staff, Cara, to the world – our “Combined Avatar for Recovery Action”

Learning Disabilities Awareness Week Virtual Craft Session – Wednesday 17 June 2020

3 July, 2020 at 1:04 pm

After the craft session, we sent Amanda the photographs; via text; Amanda replied: “Hi Kerry, thanks very much for the pictures I’ve really enjoyed doing the craft and speaking to everybody and seeing everyone. Thanks very much for everything it was lovely to see you.” Amanda “I like what I’ve done with staff and it’s… Read more »

Pride 2020 – we sign off with Podcast on “life as a trans woman”

30 June, 2020 at 10:10 am

Jenny Harvey is our Chair of Staff Side and attends the Trust Board. She has worked for years for Combined Healthcare NHS, representing staff in all aspects of industrial relations, negotiation, representation and advocacy. She is a member of our People, Culture and Development Board Sub-Committee and our Inclusion Council and provides inclusion training for… Read more »

Mary, 92, Leaves for a New Home After COVID Recovery

26 June, 2020 at 2:27 pm

In this video, Mary Hilditch is 92 years of age and transferred to Ward 4 for an assessment of her care needs. Mary unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 last month. Here is Mary almost three weeks later – looking as bright as a button as she leaves the ward, moving on to her new home… Read more »