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News on emergency services

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Exclusive: 27 urgent and emergency care systems to get targeted support

Twenty-seven urgent and emergency care systems that are struggling to meet the four hour target will be given targeted support as part of a programme announced today.

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Monitor: High bed occupancy to blame for worst A&E performance in a decade

The worst accident and emergency performance against the four hour target in more than 10 years was due to hospitals struggling with very high bed occupancy rates, Monitor has concluded.

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Thousands of mental health patients sent 'out of area'

More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel out of area for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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Thousands of mental health patients still detained in police cells

Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.

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Exclusive: Vanguards urged to quickly become ‘battering ram of change’

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.

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Yorkshire ambulance trust must improve, says CQC

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust has been told to improve following a Care Quality Commission inspection.

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National officials tell hospitals seven day service priorities

Hospitals have been told by national officials to focus on improving access to medical consultants and diagnostic services as part of efforts to improve care for NHS patients at weekends.

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East of England Ambulance appoints new chief executive

WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Service Trust has appointed Robert Morton as its new chief executive.

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Demand for elective care highest in seven years

The number of patients waiting to start treatment has hit the highest point in seven years, according to the latest data from NHS England.

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Struggling emergency care systems to get winter buddies

A buddy system for poorly performing urgent and emergency care systems will be introduced this winter in an attempt to help the ‘most challenged’ areas.

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East of England Ambulance chief executive departs

WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Service Trust chief executive Anthony Marsh has left the role with the organisation yet to appoint a successor.

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Ambulance IT difficulties solved for Greater Manchester shake-up

STRUCTURE: The ambulance service that covers Greater Manchester has resolved some expected difficulties with adapting its IT system to recognise the region’s newly designated ‘specialist’ hospitals, it has told regional leaders.

NICE makes U-turn over publishing safe staffing guidance

Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Short and long term fixes for workforce pressures

In the face of rising pressures, we explore solutions including training rotations and a cap on agency staffing

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First eight urgent and emergency care vanguards revealed

The first wave of urgent and emergency care vanguard sites has been revealed by NHS England.

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Mapped: The urgent and emergency care vanguard sites

HSJ’s map of the eight sites identified by NHS England as the first urgent and emergency care vanguards.

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CCGs expected to fund 2.3 per cent rise in emergency activity

Clinical commissioning groups are expected to fund a 2.3 per cent increase in emergency activity this year compared to 2014-15, NHS England has confirmed.

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The NHS could be world leaders in seven day working

With trusts offering all days services

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Breaking the cycle: Ways to achieve A&E performance targets

This trust delivered the four hour target for first time in three years


Outdated ambulance sat navs contributed to patient deaths

Ambulance delays due to out of date satellite navigation systems could have contributed to two patient deaths, according to incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System.

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Paperless NHS: How to transform hospital IT

How to deliver better hospital IT systems

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HSJ analysis: How social media influences NHS debate

Scrutinising the hot topic of emergency performance

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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Clocking on at the NHS factory: Lessons from industry

Calculating healthcare in industrial terms makes better use of staff time

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Non-clinical navigators can ease pressures in A&E

Reducing unnecessary accident and emergency attendances

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Let NHS staff take the front seat and drive change

Change can be lasting

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Resource Centre round up: Improving urgent care

We have compiled a selection of our best commissioning, innovation and leadership articles over the past year, looking at the pressures facing emergency care and how organisations are dealing with it.

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