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Under-pressure ambulance services are accelerating transformation

Chris Hopson and Daren Mochrie on the ambulance sector’s role in NHS recovery following covid.

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Region hardest hit by covid sees one in 10 urgent ambulance patients waiting more than eight hours

Ten per cent of urgent patients waiting for an ambulance in the North West had to wait eight hours or more during June, as response times slumped across the country in the face of increased demand.

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Watchdog forced to hand over NHS staff names in safety failure cases

A national safety watchdog has been forced to release almost 100 pieces of evidence, including from NHS staff, after being ordered to by courts.

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Ambulance service facing ‘terrifying’ levels of risk, says trust chief

The chief executive of a small acute trust has described the “terrifying situation” faced by ambulance crews and hospital staff in trying to provide adequate emergency care as coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the local NHS services.

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What now constitutes effective performance on elective care?

An HSJ webinar, run in association with Acumentice, brought together a small panel to consider how the context of a continuing pandemic – and the suspension of elective activity during its first wave – has affected approaches to managing waits. By Claire Read

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Ambulance trust stands down major incident

An ambulance trust stood down a major incident this evening as it was swamped with calls.

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Pandemic proves combined 999 and 111 services more effective, claim ambulance leaders

An ambulance chief has called for closer integration between 999 and NHS 111 services in the wake of the covid pandemic.

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Ambulance response fastest ever as demand wanes

Ambulance response times were some of the best ever seen last month – as the extra demand imposed by covid-19 had started to diminish and patients called the service less than last year.

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Nightingale NW chief: We will ‘not destabilise existing trusts’

Having more time to prepare for the surge in coronavirus cases helped the North West region formulate “considered” plans, the chief executive of its new temporary ‘Nightingale’ hospital has told HSJ.

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Revealed: The areas with the longest waits for emergency ambulances

The local areas where patients are waiting the longest for ambulances have been publicly identified for the first time by an HSJ investigation.

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National sharing of patient records enabled in first-of-kind initiative

Paramedics will be able to access the records of mental health service users for the first time as part of a wider scheme that aims to allow clinicians to share care records across the country.

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Warning over effect of holiday pay ruling

NHS Providers has warned that trusts will need extra funding if changes to how holiday pay is calculated go ahead.

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Special measures ambulance trust appoints new chief

A former army officer who served in Afghanistan has been appointed the new chief executive of an ambulance trust in special measures.

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Region's finance directors agree to join up trusts' procurement

More than a dozen NHS trusts in a devolution area have agreed to align their buying power for purchases costing more than £1m, HSJ can reveal.

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Special measures ambulance trust chief to leave

The chief executive who has led one of England’s most challenged ambulance trusts over the last 18 months is to leave.

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Carter sets out £500m emergency care efficiency opportunity

The NHS could deliver around £500m of annual savings by squeezing out unwarranted variation in ambulance performance, operations and procurement, a major review published today concluded.

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Ambulance trusts demand millions to meet new targets

Ambulance trusts are seeking tens of millions of pounds in additional funding to meet new response targets and to cope with increasing demand, HSJ has learned.

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North by North West: Best and worst from the staff survey

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.

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Chief executive of struggling ambulance trust to retire

The chief executive of the struggling North West Ambulance Trust has announced his retirement.

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'Model ambulance' to be created to achieve Carter savings

A “model ambulance” is to be created to tackle variation across England’s 10 ambulance trusts.