Combined launches its Summer Celebration of Long Service

5 July, 2021 at 2:40 pm

We are proud to launch our online celebration of decades of dedication and service by brilliant people in the finest healthcare system the world has ever seen​

Working arrangements to March 2022

11 June, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Combined has today published details of working arrangements to March 2022

Memory Clinics sponsored walk for Dementia Action Week

18 May, 2021 at 8:51 am

Colleagues from the Memory Clinics are undertaking a sponsored walk on Saturday 22 May 2021 to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society, as part of Dementia Action Week (17 – 23 May). The walk will be from Froghall along the canal to Consall in the Staffordshire Moorlands, and back, and was arranged by Amy Parris and… Read more »

Nursing Online Recruitment Evening – 4 – 7pm, 26 May 2021

14 May, 2021 at 9:50 am

Experienced Band 5 RMN Nurses seeking new opportunities in acute settings have been invited to find out more about our fantastic and friendly team at Combined Healthcare at an online Recruitment Evening later this month.  “This is a great opportunity for Nurses who are interested in working within an acute setting at an innovative and… Read more »

Combined part of multi-million-pound programme to transform community mental health services

10 May, 2021 at 2:36 pm

Ambitious plans to transform community mental health services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been given the green light after securing a multi-million-pound investment. The £3.5million funding will help to create a new proactive model of community-based mental health care, with mental health trusts – including North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust – working in partnership… Read more »

Help Develop our Patient, Service User & Carer Strategy

21 April, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Are you a service user or carer who has an interest in the Trust’s development going forward? Do you have ideas to share? We are hosting an event for service users and carers to participate in helping us develop our patient, service user and carer strategy and we would love to welcome as many participants… Read more »

Patient Story Video – Sara’s Story

14 April, 2021 at 11:13 am

Sara tells us about how open, honest and consistent help from the same staff has aided her recovery

Anniversaries Giving Us a Chance for Celebration And Reflection

31 March, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Hi all Anniversaries are a time for celebration and reflection. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary of a meeting or relationship or an important event. This week is an important anniversary for Combined Healthcare as a Trust and for me personally. ​This week it is exactly two years since Combined Healthcare held its celebration event in the gym at Harplands on a… Read more »

David Rogers Re-appointed as Trust Chair

19 March, 2021 at 3:48 pm

We’re delighted to announce that David Rogers, Trust Chair, has been re-appointed as Chair for a further three years, following his tenure renewal. David’s tenure period has been extended from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2024. David has been Combined Healthcare’s Chair since 2016. David is and always has been a fantastic and highly valued… Read more »

It’s Official! We are one of the best mental health Trusts in the NHS

19 March, 2021 at 8:37 am

It’s official! An analysis of this year’s NHS Staff Survey reveals we are one of the best mental health trusts in the NHS – and THE highest scoring Trust in a range of areas of importance to staff. Commenting on this amazing news, Chief Executive Peter Axon said to our staff: “The staff survey is… Read more »

Staff Survey Results: Our Highest Response Rate Yet!

11 March, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Our staff survey results have been released. There is much to celebrate from our highest ever response rate to the highest rating possible in: Equality, diversity and inclusion Health and Wellbeing Staff morale Quality of Care Safety Culture Team Working The survey tells us that our staff are proud to work for our outstanding organisation… Read more »

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.