South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The contract is for 111 and out-of-hours GP services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

New NHS-private partnership wins £48m contract

Commissioners have awarded a £48m contract for out of hours GP and 111 services to a consortium of public and private providers including an acute trust.


'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.

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.


Ambulance trusts struggle with rise in most serious calls

Ambulance service performance has slumped over the past year as trusts struggle to cope with an 18 per cent rise in the most serious cases.

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HSJ Awards 2016 shortlist unveiled

We have today revealed the shortlist for the 2016 HSJ Awards.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: Dial I for inadequate

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell


Ambulance trust's 111 service rated inadequate

PERFORMANCE: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s NHS 111 service has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.


Ambulance trust scraps out of hours contract over safety fears

PATIENT SAFETY: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has served notice on its current out of hours medical contract with Gloucestershire CCG because it can no longer “offer a safe and effective service” for patients, HSJ has learned.


Exclusive: Regulator to probe 'whistleblower' ambulance trust

REGULATION: NHS Improvement has launched an investigation into South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, following allegations made by a whistleblower.

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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.

Bruce Keogh

Keogh to review elective waiting time targets

NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is to review the current waiting times standards for elective care, the organisation’s chief executive Simon Stevens has announced.

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Roundtable: How best to identify the leaders the NHS needs

Experts debate how the NHS can enhance leader capabilities


Handover delays expected to hit trust performance rating

PERFORMANCE: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust is predicting a reduced performance rating from Monitor after a surge in 999 calls over winter and a large increase in the length handover delays.

Ken Wenman South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive

National fund needed to address paramedic shortage, says ambulance chief

An ambulance trust chief executive has warned that the lack of a national funding scheme for training paramedics could only exacerbate workforce shortages if it is not tackled.


Ambulance services given extra time to assess patient need

Ambulance services in two areas will be given two minutes longer to assess patient need before sending out a response vehicle, under a pilot scheme announced by the health secretary today.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

Cornwall GPs look to out of hours to protect future

COMMERCIAL: GPs in Cornwall have been urged to take back control of out of hours services to preserve the future of general practice in the county, HSJ has learned.


Shortcomings in ambulance response times

Ambulances in three regions of England are ‘failing’ to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

Devon delays NHS 111 launch again

COMMERCIAL: The launch of NHS 111 in Devon has been further delayed, making it likely to be one of the last areas of the country to go live.