All articles by Esther Oxford

  • Statue of justice
    HSJ Local

    Mental health trust prosecuted after nurses attacked


    The Health and Safety Executive is prosecuting a mental health trust after two nurses were attacked by a patient, it has been confirmed to HSJ.

  • Construction
    HSJ Local

    Hospital rebuild plan depends on extra private patient income


    The business case for a proposed hospital rebuild depends on its medical consultants carrying out more of their private work at the site, the trust’s board has heard.

  • Matthew Tait

    Three CCGs in 'devolution' STP appoint shared chief officer


    New chief officer appointed to the three CCGs in Surrey Heartlands STP It has yet to be confirmed who will lead the STP following the departure of Julia Ross A single chief officer has been appointed across the three clinical commissioning groups in the Surrey Heartlands sustainability and ...

  • Brain scan
    HSJ Local

    Mental health crisis unit fails to hit admission target


    Proportion of service users referred back into community falls from 79 per cent to 55 per cent in March Service user complains that men and women are treated in the same room which is “completely inappropriate and very unsafe and scary for vulnerable women” Trust highlighted large number of ...

  • Lambeth
    HSJ Local

    CCG and council tender £620m alliance contract


    Alliance contract worth between £620m and £650m for up to 10 years Contract jointly tendered by Lambeth council and CCG Contract value could drop by up to 15 per cent over 10 years as services become more efficient South London commissioners have tendered a new alliance contract for ...

  • Budget
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    Provider alliance plans expansion as budget triples


    Plans to increase shared budget from £3.7m to £12.3m have been agreed Alliance is in talks with Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust Alliance wants to set up a centre of excellence for stroke at a cost of £1.8m A pioneering partnership which aims ...

  • cancer reaserch
    HSJ Local

    Trust admits patient harm after cancer appointments not followed up


    Trust logs 22 serious incidents after cancer patients were ’lost to follow up’ Three of the 22 have either died or are receiving palliative care Audit of 3,500 cancer patients shows 91 more patients have been “potentially lost to follow-up” An acute trust has admitted that 22 of ...

  • Computer stethoscope 3 x 2
    HSJ Local

    Cash starved trust warned outdated IT posed malware risk


    Trust warned of vulnerability to computer virus or ransomware attack “End of life infrastructure” likely to fail with catastophic consequences, trust said Windows XP replacement project is not due to be finished until June A London trust that has been starved of capital investment reported earlier this month ...

  • Wheelchair
    HSJ Local

    Virgin Care submits inaccurate data for children's wheelchair waits


    Waiting times for children in need of a wheelchair have been inaccurately reported by Virgin Care.

  • St George’s Hospital
    HSJ Local

    Struggling trust needs £200m to replace unfit estate


    Trust submits a £200m estates plan to NHS Improvement to prop up crumbling 1970s estate Staff were left without IT facilities last summer after electrical switch malfunctioned Six buildings to be demolished because they are not fit for purpose A struggling teaching trust has submitted a £200m estates ...

  • St richards hospital chichester
    HSJ Local

    Leading south coast trust misses finance target by £8m


    Western Sussex Hospitals FT reports £8m deterioration in its finances Trust cites “four unresolved challenges” with CCG as part of the reason CCG launches review into activity coding “to ensure the CCG is appropriately charged for services” A trust which is rated outstanding and is in relative financial ...

  • board table
    HSJ Local

    Outstanding trust cuts public governors by nearly half


    Public governors on trust’s council to be reduced from 27 to 15 Frimley Health says this will save money, “although this is not the driving reason” Trust says too many governors leads to “disappointment, frustration, lack of engagement and a suboptimal experience for everyone” A trust rated outstanding ...

  • Andrew Grimshaw
    HSJ Local

    New finance chief for special measures trust


    A trust placed in financial special measures last month has appointed a new chief financial officer.

  • prison
    HSJ Local

    Mental health trust launches review of deaths in custody


    Mental health trust launches review after 10 prisoners die in one year Two patients committed suicide within nine days of each other in February Suicides in prison have doubled since 2012 A mental health trust which runs prisons services is launching a review of the way it handles ...

  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
    HSJ Local

    June deadline for trust to move junior doctors after safety warning


    Trust says “major efforts made by staff in the hospital to support training” were “not enough” to keep the trainees Thirty-eight junior doctors at East Kent trust will be affected Junior doctors and affected patients must transfer by 19 June A trust recently removed from special measures has ...

  • St George’s Hospital

    Hunt's special adviser hired as delivery director at troubled trust


    Jeremy Hunt’s special adviser joins troubled trust as executive director Chair wants to put the trust “on a secure financial footing” Trust also apppoints new acting chief financial officer One of Jeremy Hunt’s special advisers has been appointed as an executive director at a struggling London trust.

  • Amanda Pritchard
    HSJ Local

    'Outstanding' hospital granted semi-autonomy from trust


    Evelina London will be in control of its own £185m budget New 18-bed cardiac ward and a 10-bed high dependency unit to open in January 2018 Extension will make the hospital “significantly bigger than twice the size” it is now A top teaching trust has granted semi-autonomy to ...

  • cancer x rays
    HSJ Local

    Cancer network to move treatment into the community


    Non-surgical cancer treatment to be shifted into community settings Cancer network is waiting to hear if it has been granted £6.5m from NHS England Redesigned clinical pathways have so far yielded mixed results Three London trusts have agreed to redesign their cancer services to try to improve patient ...

  • Computer stethoscope 3 x 2
    HSJ Local

    Commissioners get unexpected £20m bill after trust coding flaw


    Trust admits it has “significant problem with coding” going back years CCGs presented with an unexpected invoice for £13m Wandsworth CCG is resisting paying “in the strongest possible terms” A major teaching trust has presented its commissioners with an unexpected £20m bill after discovering it has been inaccurately ...

  • Marianne Griffiths
    HSJ Local

    Special measures trust receives £30m to upgrade A&E


    New £30m emergency unit intended to transform the way that care is delivered Development approved by NHS Improvement Marianne Griffiths spells out her priorities for troubled Brighton and Sussex trust NHS Improvement has approved £30m of new investment in emergency care facilities at a special measures trust, as ...