Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
Multiple NHS organisations involved in the avoidable death of a three-year-old boy failed to properly investigate and identify what happened or learn lessons for the future, according to a new report.
Former hospital chief executive Paula Vasco-Knight has pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud.
A hospital chief executive and former national equalities lead who left her job after a nepotism row has now been charged with fraud.
Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell
DEVOLUTION: A South West region that includes the clinical commissioning group with the largest deficit in the country has submitted a devolution bid.
By using publicly available data, HSJ has been able to closely match the methodology used by Lord Carter to produce trusts’ headline “savings opportunity” figures. Here we list the least and most efficient trusts according to the headline measure, as well as data for all trusts.
Trusts in the South West face uncertainty over their procurement of agency nurses as their plans have still not been approved by regulators.
STRUCTURE: Two NHS trusts have merged to create an ‘integrated care organisation’ in Devon.
The urgent and emergency care vanguards are overhauling 111 systems and moving activity out of hospital, but the constraints of finance and workforce shortages are a concern, HSJ has been told.
FINANCE: Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is forecasting the largest cumulative deficit of any CCG to date.
COMMERCIAL: Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has invited organisations to tender for a £66.8m urgent care services contract, which includes out of hours GP services in the county.
Twenty-six hospital trusts are responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency, HSJ analysis reveals.
COMMERCIAL: A service to manage locum recruitment across nine South West hospital trusts will be managed by the Accident and Emergency Agency, HSJ can reveal.
COMMERCIAL: A community services provider has accused the country’s largest clinical commissioning group of a conflict of interest in its decision to award a £100m contract without a tender.
FINANCE: ‘Queues’ of clinical commissioning groups could have implemented controversial plans to restrict access to certain services had a high profile attempt at rationing in Devon been successful, a local commissioner has claimed.
A new scheme has been launched to ‘buddy’ trusts struggling to deliver a good care experience to cancer patients with higher performing trusts.
COMMERCIAL: Nine South West trusts have embarked on an initiative to bring down the cost of hiring locum doctors, which it hopes will be a “blueprint” for the health service across the country.
FINANCE: A South West clinical commissioning group will attempt to encourage better integration between providers in the region by launching a set of health economy-wide incentive payments to drive performance.
PERFORMANCE: South Devon Healthcare Trust recorded 172 hospital acquired pressure sores in grades 1 and 2 in the 12 months through to September.