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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.
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”.
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.
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.
A mental health trust has been ordered to carry out an immediate review of community team caseloads after concerns about “ongoing risks” to patients.
Seventy NHS trusts have now been recruited by NHS Improvement to its programme to improve workforce retention rates in the health service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
Hundreds of patients are waiting more than two weeks to have vital assessments for psychosis treatment, HSJ analysis has revealed.
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.
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.
This is a full list of trusts’ scores on the new digital maturity index, based on HSJ analysis of NHS England data.
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.
APPOINTMENT: The director of nursing at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust is to take over as chief executive of a neighbouring organisation.