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Acute care

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Analysis: Hospitals will struggle to reach new 12pm discharge goal

Trusts have been told to try to carry out at least 35 per cent of discharges before midday, in a new NHS England directive aimed at preventing delayed discharges.

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'Vanguard' project now open to entire acute sector

NHS England has expanded the scope of its ‘vanguard’ project to trial new care models, to encompass the viability of the entire acute sector.

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Hunt: Peer review, not top-down targets, can improve NHS

Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.

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Simon Stevens

Stevens launches hospital chains 'vanguard'

NHS England will ‘test new ways’ of sustaining smaller hospitals, including ‘chains’ running acute services, in its latest vanguard programme launched today by Simon Stevens.

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Paediatric services transfer from Stafford Hospital

STRUCTURE: Inpatient paediatric services at the former Stafford Hospital site have transferred to the nearby Royal Stoke and Wolverhampton hospitals today.

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18 week waits, March 2015: explore the maps

See all NHS waiting lists around England by provider, CCG or specialty

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Diagnostic waiting list grows by over half in five years

The national diagnostic waiting list has grown by more than half in five years, in a further sign of growing demand on hospital services.

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'Record breaking' number of long waiting patients admitted

Trusts have admitted a ‘record breaking’ number of patients waiting over 18 weeks for treatment, according to the latest data.

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Small hospital vanguard sites delayed again

Progress on an important strand of NHS England’s new care models ‘vanguard’ project has stalled, meaning work on the ground will not begin until summer at the earliest, HSJ has learned.

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Tim Smart

Chief executive of major London trust resigns

WORKFORCE: The chief executive of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has announced his resignation with immediate effect.

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Monitor readies itself to refer tariff row to CMA

Monitor’s pricing team are readying themselves to be able to refer rejected tariff proposals for 2015-16 to the Competition and Markets Authority as soon as next month, should the regulator’s board decide to do so.

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Tariff proposal threatens delayed discharge schemes

Schemes to reduce the number of patients with a delayed discharge have been scaled back because commissioners can no longer afford to fund them under current tariff arrangements, trust chief executives have told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Clinical leaders 'more willing to challenge diktats', research finds

Clinical leaders are ‘more willing to challenge or ignore diktats and messages from above’ than their managerial colleagues in clinical commissioning groups, research shared exclusively with HSJ has found.

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Money, cash and notes

HSJ daily digest: Tariff tremors and election lessons for the NHS

HSJ’s daily digest of Monday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders:

clinical leadership, communication, agreement, healthboard, merge

Trust replaces A&E doctors after en masse resignation

WORKFORCE: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has managed to fill four out of five vacant accident and emergency consultant posts after a group of consultants resigned en masse in protest at the way a review of acute services was being handled.


Analysis: Some CCGs expect deficits up to three times higher than planned

A clutch of clinical commissioning groups ended 2014-15 expecting deficits up to three times higher than planned, even as the majority saw their outlook for the year improved by a funding rebate.

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essay winners pencil

Essay winners take creative flight and turn it into real action

GE Healthcare Finnamore’s Emerging Leader competition

Hit or miss: Lessons from the best and worst A&E performers

The overall picture shows some economies excelled, others struggled

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Sadie Hernandez

The three things keeping NHS commissioners awake at night

What gives commissioners sleepless nights?

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Shaking hands

Reach out to GPs and social care to create provider led solutions

Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning

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