Peter Axon appointed as Chief Executive

We are delighted to welcome Peter Axon as our new Chief Executive from 1 April.

During his 22 year career, Peter has worked across a number of NHS organisations and, for a period, the private sector.

For the past ten years, he was Chief Finance Officer and more recently Deputy Chief Executive at a Community NHS Foundation Trust, where he oversaw a number of large scale programmes.

These included the completion of a new £50m Dental Hospital in Birmingham, the development of new operating models across Birmingham and the Black Country and refresh of the Foundation Trusts long term strategy.

During this period in Birmingham, he also spent a year as a Board director, including CEO, of a Black Country Mental Health and Learning Disability provider.

On his first day of taking up his new role, Peter circulated the following statement to all staff at Combined Healthcare.

“What a time it is to be joining!

“Last week, of course, the Trust was delighted and proud to announce that the Care Quality Commission have awarded the Trust an overall “Outstanding” rating – the highest overall rating they can award. The news means that Combined Healthcare is 1 of only 2 specialist mental health Trusts in England with an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating.

“The CQC rated Combined Healthcare as Outstanding in Caring and Responsive domains. We were rated Good in Safe, Effective and Well-led domains.

“Everyone who works for and with Combined Healthcare work tirelessly to provide the best possible care. You should be really proud of the CQC report which recognises the really excellent compassionate and responsive way we support service users and carers day-in and day-out. To achieve this Outstanding rating is rare and is a real testament to you all – our excellent staff who aspire to deliver true person centred care in partnership with service users and carers.

“Our ambition is to continue to strengthen integration alongside our partners.

​”I am really looking forward to working with you all and have taken the opportunity to record the short video message below to you all.

All the best

Peter Axon

Chief Executive