NHS Morcambe Bay CCG

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

NHSE sends improvement director into struggling acute trust

Regulators have sent an improvement director into a North West acute trust amid multiple allegations of poor care and ‘cover up’ across different specialties.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

NHSE overrules trust and orders second review into patient harms

NHS England has ordered an independent review into patient safety and governance concerns at an acute trust which had been resisting calls to take this step, HSJ has learned.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Exclusive: Patients harmed amid ‘internecine squabbles’ and cover-up claims

Several patients were harmed after acute trust leaders failed to act on multiple concerns being raised about a surgeon, documents obtained by HSJ suggest.

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Trust director quits for STP role

A trust finance chief in Lancashire has resigned to take up a senior role for a sustainability and transformation partnership.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Coastal trust to be ‘twinned’ with high performing US hospital

A hospital trust in the North West is set to be ‘twinned’ with a US hospital as part of a programme it believes will improve staff retention and care quality.

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Scent of a scandal

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ICS ‘could save £88m’ with vast expansion of community care

An external review has recommended a region should more than double its number of intermediate care staff, with a potential saving of £88m.

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Eight CCGs to merge to make ‘really tricky decisions’

System leaders have drawn up plans to merge eight clinical commissioning groups into one organisation, to take some “really tricky decisions”.

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Chief executive makes bid to lead second trust

Creating a “chain” model and shared leadership between providers in Lancashire could enable crucial reconfiguration of clinical services to finally move forward, an acute trust chief executive has told HSJ.

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North by North West: Unpicking the headlines

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North by North West: The region’s most important job

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New CEO pledges to end ‘blame culture’ at troubled trust

The new chief executive of Lancashire’s troubled mental health provider has pledged to tackle a culture in which clinicians feel blamed for errors.

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North by North West: Bill McCarthy's top priorities

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Health system's culture problem goes from 'board to floor'

A culture which saw health and care leaders in Lancashire “take pleasure” in difficulties experienced by their peers had “a direct impact on front line service delivery” and may have contributed to service users attempting suicide, a review has concluded.

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North by North West: Festering relationships harm patients

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Controversial staff transfer gets go-ahead

A controversial transfer of NHS staff has been given the green light despite “significant concerns” being raised about the receiving provider, HSJ has learned.

Bill Kirkup

Saving babies’ lives

In response to numerous cases of unsafe maternity and neonatal care, many initiatives have been introduced but their implementation remains inconsistent due to lack of training and funding, note James Titcombe and Bill Kirkup

Blackpool

CCG allocations revealed: The winners and losers

New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.

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University site wins again in controversial pathology shake-up

A university site has again been named as the preferred location for a consolidated pathology service for Lancashire following a second evaluation exercise, HSJ has learned.

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The impact of integrated care systems

The long term NHS plan should set out a road map for the future and earmark resources to accelerate the improvements in health and care that ICSs are leading, writes Chris Ham