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Combined updates visiting arrangements

4 June, 2022 at 3:05 pm

Combined Healthcare has updated its visiting arrangements following guidance issued by NHS England

Combined Healthcare features in top 10 Trusts in the latest WRES report

12 May, 2022 at 3:44 pm

Combined Healthcare is delighted to have been identified in the top 10 Trusts nationally in three out of nine indicators of workplace experience and opportunity in the latest Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report. The national report provides a summary of the 2021 national WRES data analysis and key findings and recommendations and was published… Read more »

Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent appointed as financial wellbeing service provider

10 May, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Patients under the care of Community Mental Health Teams at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust will have access to dedicated financial wellbeing support through a partnership with Potteries MoneyWise, a service from Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent. The charity has been appointed to operate its Potteries MoneyWise service at the NHS Trust as… Read more »

Changes Health and Wellbeing appointed as peer recovery coach provider

10 May, 2022 at 1:24 pm

Patients under the care of Community Mental Health Teams at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust are being supported with a new peer recovery coach service from Changes Health and Wellbeing. The Stoke-on-Trent based charity has been appointed by the NHS Trust to manage and deliver the peer recovery coach service as part of the… Read more »

We’ve launched Combined TV (CTV) – our very own digital news and information channel

9 May, 2022 at 11:26 am

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our very own digital TV channel – Combined TV – a rolling four-hour show, updated weekly.

Aged 16 – 25? Help shape mental health services with The Voice Project

4 May, 2022 at 3:59 pm

Are you 16 – 25 years old, and have accessed a mental health service before or are waiting to? The Voice Project, Staffordshire, would like your feedback to help shape services in the future. There are a variety of ways to give your feedback. Complete the short survey here https://bit.ly/3vGSNLm The Voice Project is also… Read more »

Combined Healthcare Launches All Age Wellbeing Portal

28 April, 2022 at 3:07 pm

A new online facility for people seeking support and advice for their mental wellbeing has been launched by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. The All Age Wellbeing Portal empowers and enables the self-management of mental wellbeing for its users, whilst providing relevant information, guidance and support from the Trust and other partner organisations. It… Read more »

Improving Access To Mental Health Services For Men Over 40 – New Reference Group Opportunity

21 April, 2022 at 4:13 pm

As part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme, we want to improve access to mental health support for men over the age of 40 and a new Wellbeing Reference Group has been launched to support this work. The first Group session is on 16 May 2022, from 1:30 – 4:30pm via Zoom. If you… Read more »

Recognise, Reflect, Reconnect – Virtual Wellbeing Week from 25 April 2022

20 April, 2022 at 10:03 am

Staff from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust will be taking part in Together We’re Better’s first System-wide Virtual Wellbeing Week ‘Recognise, Reflect, Reconnect’ from 25 April – 1 May 2022. With more than 60 hand-picked events, the inaugural Virtual Wellbeing Week has been especially created for all healthcare staff working in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent… Read more »

Transformation Programme Patient Communications Workshop – 25 April 2022

7 April, 2022 at 9:23 am

As part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme, feedback from our patients is vital in shaping our transformation and ensuring that the communications we deliver are meaningful to you.  We’d really welcome your thoughts on two specific areas of our communications work for the programme around website pages for patients and how we can… Read more »

Combined Healthcare launches the NHS Rainbow Badge Service User Survey

1 April, 2022 at 3:12 pm

At Combined Healthcare, we are delighted to be launching our service user and staff surveys as part of our assessment process for the (updated) NHS Rainbow Badge scheme.  The updated (Phase 2) NHS Rainbow Badge scheme, developed in collaboration with the LGBT Foundation, Stonewall, the LGBT Consortium, Switchboard and GLADD, incorporates an assessment and accreditation… Read more »

OFFICIAL – We are the best rated Trust in the NHS!

1 April, 2022 at 1:52 pm

A detailed analysis of the NHS Staff Survey national data confirms Combined is the best rated Trust in the entire NHS

Combined receives Gold award for Lived Experience Charter process

30 March, 2022 at 2:42 pm

A partnership service has achieved a national gold award in recognition of its commitment to the open recruitment of people with lived experience of criminal justice. The Liaison and Diversion service, jointly provided in Staffordshire by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (NSCHT) and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is one of six pilots… Read more »

NHS Staff Survey results – Our highest response rate ever. Our highest scores ever.

30 March, 2022 at 8:47 am

We’ve just published our NHS staff survey results. And we’re really proud to say we’re…Simply Outstanding…(again!)

Combined QI programme in the spotlight as local system launches QI network

17 March, 2022 at 8:37 am

The podcast is released on the same day that the local Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System launches a system-wide QI Network, to allow practitioners and Trust teams to share ideas, insights and achievements.

Combined launches “Combined Virtual Reality” with innovative Delirium VR training

16 March, 2022 at 6:30 am

Combined Healthcare is proud to launch a new addition to its portfolio of communications products and channels – Combined Virtual Reality (CVR).

First Issue Of Transformation Programme Stakeholder Newsletter Out Now

10 March, 2022 at 11:04 am

As part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme, timely and targeted communication updates are being issued across a variety of channels and to a range of different stakeholders who will be involved in, or have an interest in, the programme.  As part of this work, a new stakeholder newsletter has been developed and launched…. Read more »

Tell Us What You Think In The Community Mental Health Survey 2022

4 March, 2022 at 2:31 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is 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 answers are confidential…. Read more »

North Staffs CAMHS features in national case study – “How nurses are rethinking ADHD care”

4 March, 2022 at 2:15 pm

The North Staffordshire CAMHS Team have been featured in a new national case study called “Nurse led ADHD Care – discover how nurses are rethinking ADHD care”. The case study invites readers to “meet the team behind the revolutionary ADHD care pathway redesign at North Staffordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)” and features… Read more »

Welcome to our new Director of Operations, Ben Richards

1 March, 2022 at 10:04 am

We are delighted to welcome Ben Richards to Combined Healthcare as our new Director of Operations.

Shajeda features in NHS video ‘Let’s Talk About Race’

10 February, 2022 at 2:21 pm

Shajeda Ahmed, Director of People, OD and Inclusion, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, and Executive Lead, OD, Leadership, Inclusion and Health & Wellbeing (Staffordshire & Stoke-On-Trent ICS), has featured in a new video by NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands to support the Workforce Race Equality and Inclusion Strategy (WREI) and new associated implementation guide. The ‘Let’s Talk… Read more »

Self Harm Workshop – 9 February 2022

1 February, 2022 at 11:10 am

Are you interested in influencing the future of local mental health services? North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are running a workshop on self harm on Wednesday 9 February 2022 from 10.30am to 12pm. We need your help. Use your lived experience of mental health to take part in… Read more »

Service Users Co-Production Opportunity – Combinations Episode 37 Out Now

24 January, 2022 at 9:57 am

The latest episode of our highly rated Combinations podcast is out now, and it addresses the subject of Co-Production within the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. The Programme gives service users the opportunity to get involved in the transformation of community mental health services in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, and you can help to make… Read more »

Combined Healthcare successful in bid for prestigious NHS WDES Innovation Award

17 January, 2022 at 11:07 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has been successful in its bid for a prestigious NHS England Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) Innovation Fund Retention Award to support newly qualified, disabled clinical members of staff.   The Trust has been awarded the WDES Innovation funding to introduce a new ‘buddy scheme’ in 2022 for its newly qualified nurses, allied healthcare… Read more »

Edward Myers Unit Virtual Open Morning Success

14 January, 2022 at 3:57 pm

As part of Dry January 2022, the Edward Myers Unit held a successful Virtual Open Morning via MS Teams this week to showcase its work and offer to stakeholders.   “It was a fantastic morning, and we were so pleased to see so many guests on the call for the event, who joined us to… Read more »

Wellbeing College Survey – Deadline 31 January 2022

10 January, 2022 at 9:43 am

In 2022, the Wellbeing College will launch – an independent college open to all residents in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, aged 18+. The Wellbeing College will offer, together with our partners, a range of courses, workshops and activities to support people to discover interests and develop their skills on their wellbeing journey. To deliver a College… Read more »

VCSE Procurement Event for Community Mental Health Transformation

6 January, 2022 at 4:40 pm

VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are invited to sign up for a procurement event being held by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust on Wednesday 12 January. This event will provide information about the Community Mental Health Transformation ​Programme, and the procurement opportunities that will… Read more »

Combined launches its Christmas film 2021

14 December, 2021 at 3:25 pm

We have a very important message for everyone – “you are not alone this Christmas and New Year.”

Ben Richards appointed as Executive Director of Operations

8 December, 2021 at 11:56 am

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Richards as Executive Director of Operations.

Dr Dennis Okolo appointed Interim Medical Director

7 December, 2021 at 2:53 pm

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Dennis Okolo as our Interim Medical Director