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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

Do you have any questions on the Transformation Programme?

6 December, 2021 at 12:22 pm

Ambitious plans to transform the way adult 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. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust… Read more »

“Our journey enters a new phase” – message to Combined staff from Dr Buki Adeyemo

1 December, 2021 at 8:54 am

We are proud to welcome the appointment of Peter Axon, as the Interim CEO of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System.

Focus on SMI checks with John Roberts – Transformation Programme Q&A

30 November, 2021 at 11:45 am

John Roberts is the Service Manager of the Stoke Community Directorate, and is one of the leads in the Trust on the work of SMI (Severe Mental Illness) Physical and Mental Health Checks – a priority area of work in our delivery of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. We talked to John about his… Read more »

Combined Healthcare’s Primary Care Leadership rated Outstanding by CQC

26 November, 2021 at 11:39 am

We are proud to welcome the appointment of Peter Axon, as the Interim CEO of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System.

Jason and Shaun have paper published in prestigious journal

24 November, 2021 at 12:42 pm

Congratulations to Dr Jason Lines and Shaun Crank, Intensive Support Team, who have had a paper published for IST in the autumn issue of the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support. The paper is entitled ‘An evaluation of an intellectual disabilities intensive support team’s interventions’. You can find out more about the journal here https://www.bild.org.uk/publications/journals/

Edward Myers Unit Hosts Open Morning

22 November, 2021 at 3:21 pm

Join us for our ‘Virtual Open Morning’ for the Edward Myers Unit, our drug and alcohol detoxification inpatient service. North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust is delighted to be hosting a ‘Virtual Open Morning’ for the Edward Myers Unit. As part of Dry January 2022, Edward Myers Unit (EMU) will be ‘virtually’ opening its doors to… Read more »

Peter Axon appointed as Interim CEO of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS

20 November, 2021 at 9:02 am

We are proud to welcome the appointment of Peter Axon, as the Interim CEO of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System.

Combinations podcast receives top rating

11 November, 2021 at 10:05 am

It’s official! Our Combinations podcast IS the finest frontline podcast in the NHS – coming in at number nine as the only frontline podcast in an independently produced list of the top UK healthcare podcasts. The listing is from Feedspot, the internet’s largest human curated database of bloggers and podcasts. https://blog.feedspot.com/uk_healthcare_podcasts/?fbclid=IwAR3Dsnp4EZzghyZrKcSdQMFx51TbgCCZr5ZQEDLkHFHBZbJzgzpDrdhFfV8 Listen to Combinations here… Read more »

Ward 6 participates in British Ceramics Biennial Exhibition

10 November, 2021 at 10:20 am

Ward 6 patients have recently been involved in the 2021 British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), decorating plates which were displayed at the event. Stevan Thompson, Activity Co-ordinator, Ward 6, explains more. ”I was very pleased and proud that Ward 6 patients took part in an international festival and produced outstanding artwork. I have watched during the… Read more »

Combined Healthcare teams up with MedicAlert on membership and medical ID offer

8 November, 2021 at 1:44 pm

The MedicAlert Foundation has launched a project with North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust to provide a potentially life-saving service to its staff and volunteers. From this month (November 2021), MedicAlert will provide three years’ free membership as well as a medical ID to any North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust staff living with a… Read more »

Focus on CASTT with Lee Mason – Transformation Programme Q&A

20 October, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Lee Mason is the Service Manager of the Community Assessment Stabilisation & Treatment Team (CASTT), a key priority area within North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust’s delivery of its work within the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. We talked to Lee about his role and CASTT’s work within the Programme. Could you tell us more… Read more »

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 »