County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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Trusts with huge drops in A&E performance cite ‘aged’ and ‘outdated’ hospitals

Several hospital trusts whose A&E performance was in the top half of trusts last summer have seen the biggest drops this year, with some of them citing out-of-date buildings as a major reason.

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NHS’ promotion of 111 First ‘not strong enough’, watchdog warns

Not enough people know about the 111 First A&E booking service as the messaging from the NHS ‘has not been strong enough’, Healthwatch England has said.

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Acute trust forced to cancel electives after covid surge

A major trust in the North East has started cancelling elective operations after a surge in covid and other urgent and emergency patients.

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Government launches ‘competition’ for eight new hospitals

Ministers will invite local leaders to bid for eight ‘new hospitals’, as part of the government’s NHS building plan.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Acute Service Redesign Initiative

The Integrated Urgent Care Team now work together with other transformation services to support older people living in the community in an integrated model of care to deliver ‘integrated urgent care at home’.

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Revealed: Acute trusts in talks over possible merger

Two acute trusts in the north east are exploring a possible merger as part of major changes to the region’s acute services, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: The trusts failing to meet national efficiency targets

NHS trusts continue to miss targets aimed at helping hospitals spend millions of pounds more effectively, HSJ can reveal.

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London trusts to lose £300m after tariff change

NHS trusts in London have criticised proposed changes to the national payment tariff which would cut their income by an estimated £300m.

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Exclusive: Major incident as hospital waste collections halted

More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.

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In depth: Trusts respond to vascular GIRFT review

HSJ approached all the trusts that were at or beneath the threshold for one or more of the GIRFT vascular activity measures. Many gave candid descriptions of their issues and what they planned to do, or had done, about them.

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In full: Pathology network proposals

HSJ approached the 29 pathology networks proposed by NHS Improvement to ask if local trusts had signed up. In most cases the proposed “hub” trust was able to answer on behalf of its network.

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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.

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Excellence reporting – Learning from ‘the good stuff’

An initiative to acknowledge and learn from good practices in providing care at County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust has boosted staff morale and shown how organisations can capture excellence, say Sarah Mole, Jennie Winnard and Dr Richard Hixson

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Revealed: FT redundancy pay outs fall by more than a quarter

The amount spent on redundancy payments by foundation trusts has fallen significantly over the past three financial years, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Trust lost half its radiologists in private work row

Nearly half the radiologists at a hospital trust left the provider in a row about private sector work, HSJ can reveal.

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Former Southern Health director takes up new executive role

A former regional adviser for the Care Quality Commission has been appointed executive medical director at a community and mental health trust.

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Trusts, council and GPs battle for £80m new care model contract

Two foundation trusts and a consortium formed by the county council and local GPs are set to compete for an £80m community services contract, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: 18 'high calibre' leads appointed to major NHS improvement programme

Leading consultants have been appointed to lead 14 national reviews aimed at improving efficiency and reducing unwarranted variation in NHS, HSJ can reveal.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2017: Best Product or Innovation for Patient Safety - Public Sector

Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust: Frontline NHS Innovation: BHIS™ Postoperative Support Bra for Female Cardiothoracic Patients