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 »

Confirmation of 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 »

Service Users and Carers Survey – Experiences During COVID-19

23 June, 2020 at 9:31 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is collecting information to provide a clear view of the experiences of our service users and carers during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and for you to have an opportunity to be involved and influence how we move forward as restrictions ease.  We would really value your input in providing… Read more »

Life in Lockdown submissions – #LDWeek2020

17 June, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Learning Disability service users are being encouraged to submit their photos and pictures of ‘Life In Lockdown’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be used as part of a display by the Community Learning Disability Health Team. It is important to find things to do to keep active, healthy and well during these unprecedented times…. Read more »

Learning Disability Week 2020

11 June, 2020 at 10:33 am

Learning Disability Week, presented by the charity Mencap, runs from 15 – 21 June and Combined will be supporting with a range of activities, as well as awareness content from our corporate social media channels. The theme for 2020 is the importance of friendships during lockdown. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been living… Read more »

Carers Week 2020

11 June, 2020 at 9:46 am

Carers Week (running until 14 June 2020) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting the campaign on our social media channels this week, highlighting the vital… Read more »

Black Lives Matter – we will stamp out racism together

5 June, 2020 at 2:46 pm

We are sure you will all be aware of recent events taking place in the United States surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. The global response, including in the United Kingdom, shows beyond doubt that we have witnessed an extraordinary moment and an extraordinary reaction. As an NHS Trust, as an employer of people from all… Read more »

Coronavirus – the frontline story. Our most powerful Podcast ever.

3 June, 2020 at 1:45 pm

In our most powerful and important Podcast to date, Dr Becky Chubb, Consultant and Older Person’s Lead at Combined Healthcare tells the story of life on the NHS frontline during Covid. This testimony was originally delivered as a contribution via Microsoft Teams to our People, Culture and Development Committee on 7th May 2020. Becky talks… Read more »

Step On Services Continue In New Ways As It Expands Team

27 May, 2020 at 10:56 am

Step On has shared details of how it has maintained its services and adapted to recent changes due to Coronavirus. The team supports people who have experienced mental health difficulties and are ready to return to work or look for employment. The team of 20 work across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent with service users from Combined… Read more »

Combined Healthcare Revolutionises Young People’s Access to Mental Health Services with Digital Platform

22 May, 2020 at 1:06 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to launch a new service to enhance access to mental health support and services for children, young people and the adults in their lives. Together with DXC Technology, the Trust has created the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Digital Portal as the blueprint to dramatically… Read more »

Eid Mubarak (Happy Eid) to all our Colleagues, Service Users and Carers

22 May, 2020 at 11:52 am

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our staff, and especially our Muslim colleagues who have been observing Ramadan over the past 4 weeks, Eid Mubarak or Happy Eid!Eid al-Fitr (or ‘little Eid’) also called the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ is religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end… Read more »

Peter Axon opens the “Rainbow Suite” – support for workplace staff during challenging times

20 May, 2020 at 6:35 pm

We continue to do everything we can to support our staff who have to be in the workplace. Our ‘Rainbow Suite’ is a fantastic new resource we are making available at our Harplands Hospital site. The ‘Rainbow Suite’ includes a relaxing lounge, with a wonderful outside garden, showering facilities and kitchen, including a large freezer,… Read more »