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Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.

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Reviewer ‘felt bullied by CCG’ over findings on young man’s death

An independent review found that commissioners’ investigation of a young boy’s death was ‘mismanaged’, and heard allegations that the person who coordinated it was bullied over the contents.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Award

The Kidzmed project was a quality improvement project to teach children and young people how to take tablet medication.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Primary Care or Community Service Redesign Initiative

The Acute Home Visiting Service is a responsive and effective home visiting service for patients that prevents them attending accident and emergency and relieves GP workload.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative

RESTORE2 is a project to support staff in care and nursing homes to proactively recognise and manage physical deterioration in order to improve resident experience and outcomes, reduce 999 calls and prevent admissions to hospital.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: HSJ Value Award of the Year

Just one in four people suffering from a long-term mental illness are in work. Mental health problems at work cost the economy £34.9bn with a cost to business of £26bn each year.

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Region rejects regulator’s efficiency proposal

Pathologists in the west of England are set to ditch national proposals to centralise their laboratories after describing the idea as worse than the present situation.

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Exclusive: Death review backlog still growing despite NHSE commitment

A backlog of thousands of deaths of people with learning disabilities awaiting official review has grown further, despite NHS England committing in spring last year to “address” the buildup.

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CCG warns of large financial gap

A large clinical commissioning group has admitted it will miss its financial plan by around £13m, due to higher than expected spending on continuing healthcare costs.

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HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2019

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2019, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.

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Regulator criticised system’s leaders for ‘critical incident’ response

An NHS England/Improvement regional manager has reported “serious concern” about the handling of a “critical incident”, in which an entire health economy was subjected to extreme operational pressure, HSJ can reveal.

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‘Temporary’ A&E overnight closure made permanent

The “temporary” overnight closure of one of England’s smallest accident and emergency departments is set to become permanent, following a unanimous vote by commissioners.

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NHS England launches independent review of teen death cover-up

An independent review is to be held into the death of a teenager after a clinical commissioning group interfered in an earlier investigation.

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CCG awards £1.2bn community services contract

A social enterprise has seen off two other rivals to win a £1.2bn community health contract aimed at bringing services together under one provider.

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NHSE to step in after CCG rewrote teenager's mortality review

NHS England is to issue new guidance to clinical commissioning groups in the wake of an alleged cover-up of a teenager’s avoidable death.

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CCG rewrote mortality review to eliminate blame

A clinical commissioning group altered a review of the death of a teenager with a learning disability – including removing a finding that it was “avoidable” – sparking concern that the national system may be flawed.

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CQC launches criminal prosecution of trust

The Care Quality Commission is prosecuting an NHS trust for allegedly failing to provide safe care to one of its patients.

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Trusts at risk of losing millions in tariff row

Hospital trusts along the Welsh border are at risk of losing millions of pounds this year, as a cross-border dispute over tariffs drags on.

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CCG backs downgrade of 'temporarily closed' A&E

Commissioners are set to approve the permanent downgrade of the A&E department at the country’s smallest hospital trust.

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Health secretary asked to halt £1bn community services tender

An MP has asked health secretary Matt Hancock to halt the “potentially disastrous” procurement of community services worth more than £1bn, after claiming the process does not align with the NHS long-term plan.