Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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CCGs in revolt over STP running costs

A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.

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'Fantasy' trust debts overtake PFI liabilities

A steep increase in emergency bailouts means NHS trusts’ total borrowing from the Department of Health and Social Care has overtaken their PFI liabilities.

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Turnaround director appointed to troubled health economy

An off-payroll turnaround director has been appointed to one of the most financially challenged health economies, as two of its clinical commissioning groups were placed under legal directions by NHS England.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year

Winner Oxford Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group: Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration

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Outgoing chief exec says STP could move faster

The departing chief executive of a hospital trust has called for an increase in the pace of change in health services in the area.

Pathology

County to develop “single service” pathology joint venture

Acute trusts across Kent have agreed to create a joint venture to deliver a single pathology service for the county, despite years of work, developing two services in the county.

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Top CEO to step down

The chief executive who brought one of the most troubled trusts in England out of special measures is set to return to Australia.

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HSIB to roll out maternity investigations across England by March 2019

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will not achieve national coverage of maternity incidents until March next year, it has told HSJ.

Money

Financial performance: Best and worst of 2017-18

Twenty NHS providers accounted for almost £600m of deterioration against the trust sector’s financial plans in 2017-18.

Surgery

Trusts to work around major reconfiguration delay

Two acute trusts are trying to develop a shared on-call rota for vascular surgery after a long awaited reconfiguration was delayed again.

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Waiting times blow out to 22 weeks as elective admissions falter

Waiting times rose again, and the longest waits were hardest hit. Continued, severe and widespread capacity pressures are the likely culprit. By Rob Findlay

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GPs warn trust paperless switch could 'compromise patient care'

Patient care could be “compromised” by trusts’ plans to implement paperless referrals, GPs in the south east have warned.

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Trust in 'negative equity' questions whether it is 'going concern'

A foundation trust with a £62m deficit has sought advice from its external auditors before deciding whether it could declare itself a “going concern.”

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Long waits soar as hospitals struggle to admit

Over one year waiters shot up by 20 per cent, as admission rates slumped in the face of record A&E pressures.

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Social enterprise takes over children's services

A social enterprise has won a contract to provide all NHS and council commissioned children’s community services in Medway.

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RTT admission rates collapse

Admissions per working day fell dramatically, to the lowest January level ever recorded, as the NHS followed central guidance to shut down routine care and release beds for emergency admissions. One year waiters – a key goal for next year’s plans – went up again and exceeded 2,000 for the ...

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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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Revealed: 58 trusts admit they will miss financial plan

NHS Improvement has accepted formal revisions to the financial forecasts of almost 60 NHS trusts, according to data published today.

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Waiting times steady despite slowdown in admissions

Yet another large trust stopped reporting its referral to treatment data, which clouded the picture for the latest November figures and raised non-reported waiting lists to a new record.

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We threw the kitchen sink at DTOCs and it worked

Faced with high delayed transfers of care, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group identified four discharge pathways a year ago and things started turning around, explain Stuart Jeffery, James Lowell, John Britt, and Helen Martin