AGM 2021 – an Outstanding success

15 October, 2021 at 1:15 pm

This year’s AGM was a fabulous digital celebration of Outstanding Services and People. In our most ambitious AGM event yet, it featured contributions from all of our Executive Team, a flyover of all our services, the introduction of our newest Digital Avatar and a tribute to all 2,330 members of the Combined family who served the… Read more »

Sarah joins Combined as new Transformation Programme Senior Service Manager

14 October, 2021 at 10:51 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Sarah Newton as Senior Service Manager for the delivery of the Trust’s work in the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. Sarah, welcome to Combined Healthcare! Could you tell us more about what you will be doing for the Programme? My role, linked to the transformation of Community… Read more »

Combined Healthcare wins top industry equality, diversity and inclusion award

14 October, 2021 at 10:02 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has been announced as the winner of a prestigious HPMA (Healthcare People Management Association) Award for its work on leading in equality, diversity and inclusion.  The award, for the Trust’s ‘Delivering on Diversity: Achieving a major shift in our culture of race inclusion’ work, was presented at the HPMA Excellence in… Read more »

Shining the Light on Suicide Prevention – Virtual Conference on 7 October 2021

5 October, 2021 at 10:21 am

‘Shining the Light on Suicide Prevention’ is a virtual conference taking place from 9am – 12pm on Thursday 7 October 2021, jointly organised by the local healthcare systems at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Guest speakers will include Staffordshire County Council, Brighter Futures, Papyrus and NHSIE and we… Read more »

Procurement Information for DPS Activity (North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent)

4 October, 2021 at 11:15 am

Ambitious plans to transform the way community mental health care and support is provided in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are underway. This three-year transformation, taking place between 2021-2024, supports the priorities set out within  the NHS Long Term Plan and is being bolstered with the help of multi-million pound national funding. The £3.5million funding will help… Read more »

Learning Disabilities Team Shortlisted For Three RIDI Awards

22 September, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Congratulations to the Learning Disabilities Team who are finalists in three categories of the prestigious RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) Awards 2021.  The team has been shortlisted in the ‘Inclusive Recruiter of the Year’, ‘Getting Started’, and ‘Making A Difference – Public Sector’ categories for its Experts By Experience initiative. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust’s four… Read more »

Combined announces AGM date and publishes Annual Report 2020/21

20 September, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Combined is proud to announce its AGM 2021 date and publish its Annual Report 2020/21 The entire Combined family of staff, service users and stakeholders are extended a personal invitation to join our Annual General Meeting 2021 – a celebration of Outstanding Services and People – on Thursday 14th October – 4.15pm – (online countdown pre-show from… Read more »

Ward 2 Shortlisted For Prestigious Nursing Times Award

20 September, 2021 at 2:40 pm

Congratulations to Ward 2, Harplands Hospital, who have been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times Award for their Recovery Book project. The team was successful in making the shortlist for the ‘Nursing in Mental Health’ category, after being nominated by Ward 2 Manager Vickie Washington. Vickie explains more: “With help from the Ward team, I… Read more »

Combined Healthcare Case Study Highlighted By NHSX

15 September, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Last year, Combined Healthcare was named as one of the first NHS trusts to join NHSX’s ‘Digital Aspirant’ (DA) programme and we are proud that we have been highlighted as a case study by NHSX on the strategy to digitise, connect and transform health and care. You can read our case study online here NHSX… Read more »

Ask The Board Online shortlisted for NHS Communicate Awards 2021

10 September, 2021 at 9:24 am

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted in the ‘NHS Board Commitment to Communications’ category at the very first NHS Communicate Awards, a brand new awards ceremony for NHS communicators. The Trust has been nominated for its ‘Ask The Board Online’ initiative, our facility which allows anyone to submit a question or suggestion… Read more »

Tell Us What You Think in the Community Mental Health Survey 2022

3 September, 2021 at 9:55 am

The 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 answers are confidential. If you… Read more »

Combined Healthcare’s Jodie up for top accolade at RCN Nursing Awards

2 September, 2021 at 8:55 am

The mother of a young man with complex needs has nominated his ‘simply amazing’ community psychiatric nurse for a prestigious award for transforming his care and their lives.  Stoke mum Michelle Craggs says the compassion and support of nurse Jodie Heath, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, has kept her son out of hospital and ‘she puts him at… Read more »

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.”