North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Workforce

Staff shortages delay opening of trust’s new psychiatric ward

Staff shortages have forced a trust to push back the opening of a new ward treating patients with some of the most severe mental health needs.

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Decision over Carillion Hospital 'in autumn' as costs soar

A government decision on the future of a privately financed major acute hospital that was hit by Carillion’s collapse is not expected until autumn.

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Four trusts named as digital exemplars for 'hopeless' IT system

Four trusts will receive additional national support to improve the Lorenzo IT system, five years after a senior MP branded it a “hopeless system” supported by a  government bribe.

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Trusts yet to agree permanent deals for former Carillion services

Permanent deals are yet to be agreed by NHS trusts whose facilities management services were hit by the collapse of Carillion, HSJ can reveal.

Cleaning

Serco closes in on NHS contract after Carillion collapse

Serco is poised to take over facilities management services at a mental health trust after previous provider Carillion was liquidated.

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Serco set to take over Carillion NHS contracts

Facilities management services at five NHS hospital trusts could be taken over by Serco in a £29m deal, following the collapse of Carillion.

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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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Chief executive denies trust merger rumours

The chief executive of a mental health trust in the West Midlands has quashed rumours that her organisation plans to merge with major community and mental health providers.

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GPs oppose 'huge and unwieldy' STP plans

GPs in North Staffordshire have said they want to see a new multispecialty community provider set up for the region instead of the larger organisation covering the whole county outlined in its sustainability and transformation partnership.

The Christie

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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Revealed: Ministers sign off £300k of pay rises for trust chairs

Ministers agreed nearly £300,000 in pay rises for the chairs of NHS trusts over the past year, HSJ can reveal.

Value in Healthcare Awards: Value and Improvement in Mental Health

The judges said: “The work being done here is exemplary and sustainable, in a complex area with often challenging patients.”

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Value in Healthcare Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Book your table for the ceremony on 22 September.

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Trust helps pay for barriers at multi-storey car park known for suicides

PUBLIC HEALTH: North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust has contributed to the installation of barriers at a multi-storey car park in Midway, Newcastle-under-Lyme, as part of its public health remit to help reduce suicide attempts.

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Leaked report exposes Staffordshire's 'oppressive culture'

A leaked report has delivered a damning verdict on the NHS leadership in Staffordshire, describing the health economy as beset with an ‘oppressive culture’ and in ‘perpetual crisis mode’.

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Revealed: The mental health trusts with the biggest income cuts

Several NHS mental health providers saw double figure real terms reductions in their income between 2011-12 and 2013-14, HSJ analysis has revealed.

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Forty-two trusts won't submit foundation applications by April 2014

Forty-two of the 101 NHS providers yet to become foundation trusts will either not do so in their present form, or will breach the current government’s previous authorisation deadline of April 2014.

Mental health trust admits it is unable to win FT status alone

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust has become the latest NHS provider to admit it will not be able to win foundation trust status independently.

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Community trusts in FT delay

More than half of the community trusts hoping to achieve foundation status have had their authorisation applications delayed, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Exclusive: FT pipeline delays threaten boards with the sack

Board members are being replaced and organisational autonomy is at risk at trusts lagging behind in the drive to reach foundation trust status.