Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

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Hospital stops admitting patients following covid spike

A Somerset hospital has stopped admitting new patients – including to the accident and emergency department – following a spike in coronavirus cases.

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BAME staff should be ‘risk-assessed’ over covid concerns, says NHSE

Healthcare leaders should “risk-assess” staff who may be at a greater risk of covid-19, including those from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and make “appropriate arrangements”, NHS England has said.

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Eleven trusts renew £1.5bn court battle with their local councils

Eleven hospital trusts are continuing a High Court action against their local authorities, by seeking to appeal a previous ruling that denied them an estimated £1.5bn in backdated business rates.

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Trust chief moves to neighbouring provider

A mental health trust chief executive has been appointed to the top post at a neighbouring provider.

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STP proposes to centralise city’s mental health beds 23 miles away

Local NHS leaders want to move a city’s inpatient mental health ward 23 miles south and replace it with a crisis cafe, under plans to shake up services across the county.

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Merging trusts target £20m annual savings

NHS chiefs in Somerset say a merger between the county’s main acute and community and mental health trusts will deliver annual recurrent savings of nearly £20m.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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National sharing of patient records enabled in first-of-kind initiative

Paramedics will be able to access the records of mental health service users for the first time as part of a wider scheme that aims to allow clinicians to share care records across the country.

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Mapped: The hospital builds in PM’s pledge

The trusts which will benefit from a share of £2.7bn to rebuild hospitals, or £100m to develop business cases for future schemes, announced by the prime minister today.

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Trusts delay ‘integrated care’ merger until 2020

Health chiefs have pushed back a merger which would create one of England’s first acute, mental health and community services trusts.

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Food review will ‘unclip caterers’ wings’, says chair

A new government review will aim to stop NHS catering staff feeling “boxed in” and help to “unclip [their] wings”, its chair has told HSJ.

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Google AI lead: Machine learning 18 months away from NHS hospitals

Artificial intelligence will be used to foresee and prevent the onset of life-threatening conditions in NHS hospitals in “substantial pilots” in about 18 months, Google DeepMind’s clinical lead has predicted.

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Twelve trusts to stop reporting waiting times performance as part of trial

NHS England has announced the 12 trusts which will trial the proposed new elective waiting time standard.

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Staffing and scanner problems behind trust’s soaring waiting times

Power and workforce problems led to nearly a third of patients referred for diagnostic tests waiting longer than the six-week target at one acute trust.

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HSJ Partnership Awards 2019: Procurement Support or Service Project of the Year

WINNER: GRI UK and The Bristol, Weston and Bath Partnership Project (BNSSG): Collaboration in Procurement

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Exclusive: Trusts 'limiting access' to psychosis services

Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.

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National radiotherapy plan 'impossible to realise' without more funding

Consolidation of radiotherapy services “will be impossible” without more money, a royal college has warned.

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London trusts to lose £300m after tariff change

NHS trusts in London have criticised proposed changes to the national payment tariff which would cut their income by an estimated £300m.

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Redundancies 'not ruled out' as merging trusts target £50m savings

Two trusts have said they cannot rule out redundancies ahead of a merger which aims to deliver savings up to £50m over five years and more joined up patient care.

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Revealed: The slowest invoice payers in the NHS

A third of acute trusts routinely break the law by paying their suppliers late, HSJ can reveal.