Towards our new structures

Hi all...and welcome to 2018!  

A massive thank-you to everyone who worked over Christmas and New Year – it is only due to the enormous compassion and commitment of our fantastic staff that service users and carers continue to be supported during the festive season which can be a really difficult time for people.

Towards our new structures

We’ve made great strides in preparing to move to our new structures, moving to locality-based working.  Thanks are due to everyone for their input and really positive attitude so far towards the changes we’re looking to make. We think our proposals will enable us to be even more responsive and effective in delivering compassionate care to our local service users, their carers and families. We’ll be providing further details and working through with managers and staff how the new ways of working will be introduced to everyone’s benefit.

North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Alliance Board gathers pace

A lot of effort and imagination was put in during 2017 to developing the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Alliance Board. This has now brought together a whole range of healthcare organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector – all of whom recognise that a one size fits all approach will not achieve the step change in outcomes required in our local health and care economy and does not serve best interests of the people of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The Alliance been confirmed as the delivery vehicle for the Improvement Plan in response to the CQC Stoke-on-Trent Local System Review; and the Together We’re Better Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) sees its locality-based working as the blueprint for the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to follow. As one of the original promoters of the idea of the Alliance, it’s great to see more and more people and organisations buying into its vision.

We’re proud to be providing the Comms support to the Alliance and, later this month we'll be launching its new website which will be at In the meantime, those of you on social media can already engage with the Alliance via its new Twitter account and/or Facebook page.

New Director of Operations

Following an extensive competitive appointment process, which attracted an extremely strong field of candidates, we are delighted to announce that Jonathan O’Brien has been appointed as the new Director of Operations for Combined Healthcare. Jonathan joins us from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he is currently the Director of Operations, a role he has carried out since 2015. Over that period he has held responsibility for operational delivery, performance management and transformation across the Trust. He holds a Master of Business Administration and MSC in Healthcare Leadership and Management from the Manchester Business School. He has worked in the NHS at a senior operational level for over 13 years, having begun in the NHS Graduate Training Scheme.

We are delighted to welcome someone of Jonathan's calibre and track record to the Trust. Jonathan is anticipated to begin with us from April 2018. In the meantime, Carol Sylvester has agreed to fulfil the role of Acting Director of Operations and Dr John Sorensen will be fulfilling the role of Acting Clinical Director for Adult Mental Health Inpatient. 

I am also really pleased that Alex Brett has now joined us as Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Communications – it is really great having her as one of the team – I know as she gets out and about to meet people you will all warmly welcome her.