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North Staffs Wellbeing College Open Day

30 September, 2022 at 9:42 am

On Monday 26th September, North Staffs Wellbeing College ran its very first Open Day ahead of the start of its first term. The event ran from 10am-2pm at The Dudson Centre in Hanley, a great place to bring together Combined staff, partners, charities and potential students to celebrate the launch of the College. Zoe Grant,… Read more »

New stakeholder newsletter out now for Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

28 September, 2022 at 1:04 pm

The latest issue of the new stakeholder newsletter for the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme is out now. The September 2022 issue includes a focus on primary care networks, as well as other latest news and updates. You can download a copy of the newsletter below. This newsletter is produced by the Communication teams at… Read more »

Our Annual General Meeting 2022

23 September, 2022 at 1:46 pm

The Trust held its Annual General Meeting 2022 on Friday 23rd September at 2pm via Microsoft Teams.

Voluntary and community organisation appointments for Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

21 September, 2022 at 3:34 pm

A number of exciting new partnerships with voluntary and community organisations have been established as part of the transformation of adult community mental health care in North Staffordshire.  Contracts have been awarded by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust to several successful organisations, each for a period of up to three years, to provide services… Read more »

REACH 2022 – Ceremony date announced and voting now OPEN for the Proud to Care Award

21 September, 2022 at 1:11 pm

Combined Healthcare’s REACH staff Awards 2022 will take place once more as a face-to-face event on the evening of Thursday 10th November 2022 in the ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent.

Combined Healthcare publishes Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22

20 September, 2022 at 6:59 am

Combined Healthcare is proud to publish its Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22.

The new Annual Report contains details of another Outstanding Year for Combined and its people.

Bank Holiday arrangements

14 September, 2022 at 3:50 pm

The Trust will be recognising Monday 19th September 2022 as a Bank Holiday, to mark the day of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to enable colleagues to pay their respects.  I thought you might appreciate some indication of what this means for accessing NHS services. Ben Richards – Director of Operations Maintaining critical services The NHS… Read more »

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

12 September, 2022 at 7:48 pm

On behalf of the entire Board and staff at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, we would like to express our profound sadness at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty was a shining example of public service to the nation throughout her entire life and her love and… Read more »

Meet Kiara, our new four-legged colleague!

8 September, 2022 at 2:46 pm

The Darwin Centre is Combined’s regional 15-bedded inpatient unit, providing specialist mental health services for young people and their families. This week the Darwin Centre gained a new colleague, a 16 week old Springer Spaniel puppy called Kiara who has been introduced to the centre by her owner and CAHMS Psychiatry Consultant, Mike Foster. Kiara… Read more »

North Staffs Wellbeing College Open Day and new prospectus

8 September, 2022 at 9:39 am

Following the successful launch of its Summer School, North Staffs Wellbeing College is holding its first Open Day this month for potential students to find out more about its offer and workshops. The Open Day is being held from 10am – 2pm on Monday 26 September at The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1… Read more »

Help us to create a Co-production logo

6 September, 2022 at 2:24 pm

As part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme, we are looking for your help in designing a Co-production logo for North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. There are many definitions of Co-production. The UK’s public participation charity Involve define it as “The term Co-production refers to a way… Read more »

Paul Draycott appointed as Director of People, OD and Inclusion

5 September, 2022 at 12:01 pm

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Draycott as Director of People, OD and Inclusion.

Dr Buki Adeyemo profile article – Women in the NHS

24 August, 2022 at 11:10 am

Dr Buki Adeyemo, Interim Chief Executive, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, has been featured in an online profile article on the influential Women in the NHS network. Buki was interviewed by Women in the NHS for the article in its e-magazine, which you can read here https://www.womeninthenhs.co.uk/

New SMI (severe mental illness) annual physical health check leaflet available

17 August, 2022 at 4:06 pm

If you have a severe mental illness (SMI), you are entitled to an annual physical health check. Some aspects of living with SMI mean that people are more likely to develop physical health problems. Everyone’s situation is different, but a full health check is an important first step towards taking ownership of your physical health…. Read more »

Combined Healthcare shortlisted for two prestigious 2022 HSJ Awards

8 August, 2022 at 3:10 pm

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is proud to reveal that it has been shortlisted for ‘Trust of the Year’ and ‘Mental Health Innovation of the Year’ at this year’s HSJ Awards. The pressures faced across the healthcare sector haven’t been far from the headlines over the past 12 months – yet the quality and… Read more »

Our REACH Awards are back! Bigger and better than ever!

28 July, 2022 at 3:30 pm

We’re delighted to announce our exciting plans for REACH 2022 – back as a face to face event, but also available live online AND – for the first time – harnessing virtual reality!

North Staffs Wellbeing College launches with Summer School

27 July, 2022 at 1:10 pm

North Staffs Wellbeing College recently launched with a successful week-long Summer School programme, with highlights of the week captured in an infographic. “It was fantastic to see so many attendees taking part in the inaugural Wellbeing College Summer School this month, after many months of hard work and planning by the Steering Group which includes… Read more »

Enhanced Self-Harm Support and Recovery Service

15 July, 2022 at 10:01 am

An enhanced recovery and support service for adults in North Staffordshire who are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts is being launched on 1 October.

Learning Disability Nursing Conference takes place in Stoke-on-Trent

12 July, 2022 at 3:26 pm

Learning Disability Nursing staff from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust recently came together for an in-person Learning Disability Nursing Conference at the Double Tree Hilton, Stoke-on-Trent.  Following coffee and an ice-breaker, Dr Frankish remotely presented ‘The Meaning of Behaviour’ and Combined Healthcare Learning Disability team achievements were then celebrated with each team showcasing their… Read more »

£900,000 grant scheme launched in Staffordshire to support adult mental health projects

6 July, 2022 at 3:05 pm

A new local grant scheme is inviting community and voluntary groups to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to support and help adults with mental health issues across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. A total of £900,000 is being made available as part of the transformation of adult and older adult community mental health care across… Read more »

LD teams shortlisted in 2022 Nursing Times Awards

4 July, 2022 at 9:29 am

Not one, not two, but three nominations submitted by the Learning Disability teams at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust have been shortlisted in the LD Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards 2022. The projects/teams shortlisted are: PBS Project – Hannah Bloor and team “The positive behaviour support (PBS) project was targeted at services… Read more »

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 »