South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Louise watson

NHS England director appointed to lead integrated care system

An integrated care system early adopter has appointed an NHS England director to lead its transformation programme.


CQC finds 'no evidence of commitment' to integration in challenged system

Patients in Oxfordshire “did not always receive safe discharges home”, a report by the Care Quality Commission has revealed.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

In full: Trusts with staff transfer plans

HSJ has identified 19 providers that have already established a subsidiary company to manage their estate, plus 16 that have told staff they are considering the move.


More trusts to receive 'digital exemplar' funding

The first ambulance trusts have been chosen to join NHS England’s global digital exemplar programme but they will receive far less funding than acute and mental health providers.


'Model ambulance' to be created to achieve Carter savings

A “model ambulance” is to be created to tackle variation across England’s 10 ambulance trusts.


NHS England director 'confident' in plan to modernise ambulance service

NHS England’s director of acute care says a new call handling system could be introduced nationally as part of a plan to modernise the ambulance service.


Private provider withdraws from regional urgent care deal

Care UK has pulled out of a contract to provide NHS 111 and out of hours services across several clinical commissioning group areas six weeks after it was awarded, putting the intended launch date of the service at risk.


Analysis: Commissioners have questions to answer over failed contract

The “phased withdrawal” of Coperforma from providing Sussex’s patient transport service has been greeted with a sigh of relief from unions and many patients. But it leaves many questions unanswered.


Company 'disappointed' to give up patient transport contract after seven months

Coperforma, the company which is handing back its Sussex patient transport contract, has said it is “disappointed” but has not commented on a critical inspection report.


Updated: Patient transport firm to relinquish contract after CQC concerns

An independent patient transport provider is to hand back a £63m contract to the NHS, as it was revealed the Care Quality Commission has served six improvement notices on it.

The Christie

Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust

Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.


CCGs tell hospitals not to request non-emergency transport after 6pm

More than 100 hospital wards across South Central England have been told they must prioritise patients for discharge before 6pm at night.

Premature baby

Oxfordshire hospital confirms maternity unit downgrade

STRUCTURE: Horton General Hospital will suspend its doctor led maternity services from 1 October, an extraordinary board meeting has confirmed.

Jackie Bene

Roundtable: when high expectations meet low morale

At a time of stagnating salaries and punishing workloads, how are NHS leaders helping staff cope?

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham FT

Revealed: First digital maturity index scores in full

This is a full list of trusts’ scores on the new digital maturity index, based on HSJ analysis of NHS England data.

Ambulance cycle unit: man on a bike

Number of ambulance staff leaving doubles in five years

The number of frontline staff leaving ambulance services across England has almost doubled in the last five years, analysis by HSJ has found.


Exclusive: New NHS company reveals outcomes based targets

A new NHS owned company overseeing an £800m integrated older people’s services contract will have to hit outcomes based targets to secure up to 15 per cent of its income, its chief has told HSJ.


Trust accidentally reveals personal details of 2,800 staff

WORKFORCE: South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has apologised after thousands of its staff’s personal data, including nationality, sexual orientation and salary details, was published on the organisation’s website.

Emerging pressures spotted in Berkshire ambulance service

PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire primary care trust cluster has reported “emerging pressures” emerging in ambulance services.

Berkshire East releases reserves to hit surplus target

FINANCE: Berkshire East primary care trust was forecasting it would achieve its planned surplus for 2012-13, after committing to releasing contingency funding to cover overspends on several providers.