South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Failure or success

Revealed: Vital STP projects face doubt after £1bn fund snub

An £84m urgent and emergency care transformation in Middlesbrough, system wide cancer reconfiguration in South Yorkshire, and a large elective care centre in Norfolk were among projects which missed out on recent government funding.


Special measures ambulance trust chief to leave

The chief executive who has led one of England’s most challenged ambulance trusts over the last 18 months is to leave.


Ambulance trust to stay in special measures

An ambulance trust is to stay in special measures after the Care Quality Commission said it was too early to judge if improvements were embedded or sustainable.

David Astley

New chair for troubled ambulance trust

A former acute trust chief executive is to take over as chair of South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

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Delays in answering 999 calls may have led to two deaths

A shortage of ambulance control room staff, which left 999 calls unanswered for up to 10 minutes may have led to the deaths of two patients, HSJ can reveal.


NHS 111 procurement halted at the last minute

Two procurements for NHS 111 in the south east have been halted – in one case, just weeks before a new operator was expected to be announced.


Ambulance trusts demand millions to meet new targets

Ambulance trusts are seeking tens of millions of pounds in additional funding to meet new response targets and to cope with increasing demand, HSJ has learned.

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Trust 'potentially in breach' of information governance laws

An ambulance trust board has been warned today it may be in breach of information governance legislation.

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Trust chair steps down after a year

The chair of South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has resigned, a year after taking up the post.


Trust to change medicine policies to be 'legally compliant'

An ambulance trust has admitted it needs to change its medicines management to be “legally compliant”, including withdrawing a potentially life saving drug from volunteers.

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Regulator criticises 'passive and unwieldy' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership had “not begun to function effectively” when the Care Quality Commission carried out a local system review at the end of 2017.


CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm

Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator.

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Four deaths linked to ambulance delays

A coroner is probing four deaths – including one of a month old baby – which all occurred this year and all involved delayed responses from an ambulance trust in special measures.

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Special measures ambulance trust posts worst ever 999 performance

The ambulance trust covering the South East Coast has seen its performance for emergency calls slump to the lowest ever recorded by any service.


Trust remains in special measures after new problems uncovered

A troubled ambulance trust is set to remain in special measures after a Care Quality Commission inspection found a new problem with recording 999 calls.

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Revealed: How much NHS trusts made from land sales

Sales of land or physical assets by NHS trusts generated cash receipts of £220m in 2016-17.

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'Inadequate' private provider to hand back troubled contract early

A company operating one of the first integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours services is to hand back the contract to the NHS.

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Trust chief: Bullying investigation could lead to disciplinary action

Further investigation into bullying and harassment claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust could lead to disciplinary action, its new chief executive has said.


Bullying, harassment and 'militaristic leadership' exposed at trust

A damning report has revealed a culture of bullying, harassment and alleged sexual predation at an ambulance trust that managers failed to address, leaving employees “bereft of both confidence and direction”.

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Timeline: Troubled years at ambulance trust

Professor Duncan Lewis’s damning report on South East Coast Ambulance Service has been published following years of controversy at the trust.