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‘About that bus…?’: Not just Kent – The troubled health economies facing a no-deal jam

Welcome to the ‘About that bus…?’ weekly newsletter – giving you the inside track on how the fallout from Brexit is affecting the NHS at national and local level, edited by James Illman Contact me in confidence.

Port of Dover, Kent

Exclusive: Trust will need ‘mutual aid’ in no-deal Brexit scenario

South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has warned it will need “mutual aid” from other NHS providers and is highly likely to move to the highest emergency response category, REAP level 4, if there is a no-deal Brexit in October, HSJ has learned.

Port of Dover, Kent

NHS books hotels for staff as Kent braces for no-deal Brexit ‘Armageddon’

The NHS in Kent is block-booking hotel rooms for staff and planning with police to get workers and patients through “gridlocked roads” to hospitals as part of preparations for a no-deal Brexit “Armageddon”.

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New chair is 'one of life’s dynamos'

A mental health trust has appointed a new chair.

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Exclusive: Trusts 'limiting access' to psychosis services

Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.

Mental health

More CAMHS beds commissioned in the south east

Twelve more child and adolescent mental health beds have been commissioned from a private provider in the south east of England to avoid sending youngsters out of area.

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Regulator orders review of community team caseloads

A mental health trust has been ordered to carry out an immediate review of community team caseloads after concerns about “ongoing risks” to patients.

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70 trusts working with NHSI to boost workforce retention

Seventy NHS trusts have now been recruited by NHS Improvement to its programme to improve workforce retention rates in the health service.

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Commissioners outline stroke services shake-up

Major plans to reform stroke services in Kent and Medway could leave the east of the county with just one stroke centre and the west of the county without one at all.

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Regulator faces religious discrimination claim over gay adoption row

A trust non-executive director is bringing a religious discrimination complaint against NHS Improvement, claiming he has been barred from other NHS roles because of his religious beliefs.

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Revealed: Trusts selected to run new mother and baby service

The preferred providers of four new specialist inpatient units for mothers with serious mental health problems to stay with their babies have been selected, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: STPs chosen to lead major £350m back office savings drive

Four sustainability and transformation plan areas will spearhead system leaders’ plans for regional back office mergers across the NHS, which could require significant changes to local governance structures.

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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.

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Hundreds left waiting for vital mental health assessments

Hundreds of patients are waiting more than two weeks to have vital assessments for psychosis treatment, HSJ analysis has revealed.

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Trust spent £315,000 on interim HR directors in a year

WORKFORCE: A Kent trust paid £315,000 for the services of two “off payroll” interim human resources directors who were together in post for less than a year.

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STP lead’s trust will miss savings targets

FINANCE: The trust whose chief executive is leading the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation plan has said it cannot make the savings demanded in the first year.

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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.

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Non-executive director suspended for views on gay adoption

WORKFORCE: A non-executive director of an NHS trust has said complaints about his views on adoption by same sex couples from an LGBT group within the organisation led to his suspension.

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Nursing director moves trust to be chief executive

APPOINTMENT: The director of nursing at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust is to take over as chief executive of a neighbouring organisation.

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South of England: Best and worst staff survey performers

Analysis of the best and worst performers in the South of England region on key measures in the NHS staff survey 2015.