As the year draws to an end, we look back on the 10 most-read stories from the mental health sector. These include the announcement of two trust chiefs stepping down and a merger to create the biggest mental health and community trust in the country being delayed
More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.
The accountable officer for Shropshire clinical commissioning group has announced his intention to retire next March
NHS Improvement has rejected two separate bids to take over a community trust, claiming neither submission met the full criteria.
A merger to create the biggest mental health and community trust in the country has been delayed.
An acute trust and a mental health provider in the West Midlands will compete to take over a neighbouring community trust after both were shortlisted as preferred bidders to run the struggling provider.
Our latest roundtable brought together experts to explore how to redress the lack of attention and resources devoted to wound care in the NHS
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
RECONFIGURATION: GP leaders in Shropshire have raised fears that a proposed reorganisation of emergency care in the region would see an increase in GP workloads for which they say there is no more capacity.
FINANCE: Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin clinical commissioning groups will increase the age at which women can be eligible to NHS funded IVF treatment from 37-and-a-half to 40.
FINANCE: Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group has blamed NHS Shared Business Services for an error which caused the CCG to fail to meet its cash balance target in June, according to board documents.
WORKFORCE: Shropshire Community Health Trust will begin monitoring staffing levels among community nurses each month from April.
CQC trialling a new appeals process that will allow providers to challenge their rating, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
COMMERCIAL: West Mercia clinical commissioning groups have chosen an alternative supplier of commissioning support services after plans to establish a local provider in their area were abandoned.
FINANCE: The four PCTs making up the West Mercia Cluster are on track to deliver against their financial targets to break even and hit the control total surplus agreed with NHS Midlands and the East strategic health authority cluster.
Major changes to acute services in Shropshire have been given the green-light, paving the way for a £35m reconfiguration across the county’s two hospitals.
STRUCTURE: Shropshire Council has launched a consultation on plans to set up its local Healthwatch.
STRUCTURE: The full business case for reconfiguring acute services in Shropshire has been published ahead of final decisions by commissioners and the West Midlands strategic health authority.