Dave is HSJ’s deputy editor and leads our news and intelligence team. He had won a number of journalism awards for his work at HSJ and was named one of the top 10 journalists on Twitter by the Press Gazette. Over the years he has covered most areas of NHS policy and leadership, but in recent years has mostly focused on NHS England and integration.
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Department of Health and Social Care officials are concerned that many more people are dying than expected in recent months – particularly older working-age people – with NHS care delays and interruptions a likely cause.
The new health and social care secretary has asked officials to hastily organise several “hackathons” to try to address the crisis in ambulance performance.
NHS England and the Care Quality Commission are becoming less understanding of the pressures on trusts, their leaders report, with one CEO complaining “the arrogance and bullying continues to get worse”.
NHS England’s new chief strategy officer has set out plans to establish ‘a single, aligned leadership team’ that will include local CEOs, and promised ‘more immediate tactical communication channels’ with the centre
Less than a month before integrated care systems take over from clinical commissioning groups, half have not selected a chair of their partnership board, and more than half have yet to appoint the executive leaders of their constituent ‘places’, HSJ research has found.
Government will pick five or six ‘integration frontrunner’ areas ‘to lead the way in developing and testing radical new approaches’ to speeding up discharge from acute hospitals.
- Expert Briefing
Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care and commissioning. This week by deputy editor Dave West.
An integrated care system chair has said systems will still face ’short-sighted’ competitive behaviour from trusts, citing a trust chair who didn’t want his staff to take part in a system-wide executive development programme.
Coordination of waiting lists and elective treatment across health systems and regions should be ‘far more systematic’, and could have happened earlier, chief executives of some of the hardest hit trusts have told HSJ.
Claire Fuller seeks to underline a new era for primary care under integrated care systems — and it’s going to be a difficult one.
Local NHS organisations will be given an extra £1.5bn in 2022-23 to help cope with inflation and other cost pressures – and have been told to make extra savings to bring their budgets into balance, HSJ has discovered.
Moving specialised services commissioning from NHS England to integrated care systems risks fragmenting provision, creating post-code lotteries and diluting quality and expertise, a group representing some of the largest tertiary trusts has told NHS England.