Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Acute Service Redesign Initiative

The Consultant Nurse wrote and delivered a workforce strategy that over a five-year period would transform the capability and career potential of the nursing workforce. Workforce development was supported through the delivery of two interlinked work-based courses. Learning outcomes focused on facilitating evidence-based practice which improved senior decision-making, patient outcomes ...

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Trust urgently upgrades A&E security after increased attendance by acutely ill mental health patients

A trust has had to enhance security after an increase in the number of acutely ill mental health patients — including children — attending its emergency departments.

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Chief executive apologises after sharing ‘suicide note’ with 3,000 staff

The chief executive of a mental health trust has apologised after sharing a colleague’s ‘suicide note’ with 3,000 staff.

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Women in psychiatric unit ‘feared for sexual safety’

Women in a newly opened psychiatric intensive care unit had concerns for their sexual safety, a Care Quality Commission report has revealed.

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Private children’s unit shut down after CQC safety concerns

A privately run child and adolescent mental health unit has been closed permanently, with its residents moved elsewhere, after concerns were raised about their safety.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: MSK Care Initiative of the Year

Ten million people in the UK suffer pain and/or disability from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Enabling Self-management & Coping with Arthritis Pain using Exercise, ESCAPE-pain, is a rehabilitation programme that combines education, self-management strategies and exercise.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative

Covering the populations of Cheshire East and Vale Royal (7,000 people accessing specialist mental health services), this redesign is centred on service users, providers and commissioners working together to transform services for people severely affected by mental health problems, to improve:

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: HSJ Value Award of the Year

Just one in four people suffering from a long-term mental illness are in work. Mental health problems at work cost the economy £34.9bn with a cost to business of £26bn each year.

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Winners revealed for HSJ Value Awards 2020

The star performers in this year’s HSJ Value Awards - which celebrate the work of NHS teams across the areas of transformation, clinical and medical services, and operational and corporate services - have now been announced

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Almost all NHS detox units face closure without reform to 'precarious' funding

Inpatient detoxification units in England are warning they could close — causing possible increases in substance and alcohol related deaths — unless NHS England changes the “precarious” way they are currently funded.

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CCG apologises for decision to close unit

A clinical commissioning group has admitted its predecessors failed to follow due process when trying to close an inpatient unit for people with dementia.

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Patient restraint spikes as covid measures spark ‘frustration’

Several mental health trusts have reported spikes in incidents of physical restraint or seclusion on patients, driven by covid-19 restrictions, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Trust diverted at least 120 women in labour in four years

A trust with deep-rooted problems in its maternity service had to close one of its two units — which are nearly 40 miles apart — to new births 111 times in four years, HSJ can reveal.

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The Integrator: Going back to normal?

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.

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Public board meetings abandoned during covid-19 crisis

Trusts and clinical commissioning groups are abandoning scheduled board meetings or holding them in private during the covid-19 crisis.

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Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff

NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.

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The Integrator: Big name leaders

Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by integration senior correspondent, Sharon Brennan

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Don’t bet on stroke target being met, says new national director

A new national clinical director has suggested it is unlikely a key long-term plan commitment over stroke care will be met, which could leave thousands of people severely disabled.

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Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence

Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.

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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.