Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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Inconsistent leadership undermining safety of maternity services, says CQC

Inconsistent leadership and poor teamworking, lack of risk oversight and a failure to engage with women’s needs are among the issues continuing to affect the safety of some hospital maternity services, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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Service rated ‘good’ despite ‘weaknesses in culture’

A trust’s maternity services were rated ‘good’ despite an independent report finding ‘weaknesses in the culture’ and ‘defensive and fractious’ behaviours, HSJ has learned.

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Trust appoints permanent CEO after year of interim leadership

An acute trust in the Midlands has made its interim chief executive a permanent appointment.

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Primary care must be helped to work with hospitals in driving the NHS recovery

Central to meeting the challenge facing the NHS will be transforming the relationship between patients, their GPs and their hospitals and linked community services. By Chris Hopson and Vincent Sai

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Exclusive: Hospitals face ‘most difficult period’ since start of pandemic, NHSE warns

NHS England has told hospitals they may be entering the “most difficult period” of the pandemic for more than a year — and said high rates of admissions are ”closely linked” to low vaccine uptake.

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Trust CEO to formally step down for think tank role

The chief executive of an acute trust in the Midlands is set to formally leave the post to work at a health think tank.

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HSJ Awards 2020: Environmental Sustainability Award

WINNER: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust – Providing Healthcare That Won’t Cost the Earth

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Whistleblowers flag ‘toxic management’ within maternity service

Former staff at a Midlands acute trust have raised concerns over a ‘toxic management culture’ and ‘unsafe’ staffing levels within its maternity services, HSJ has learned.

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Former NHS chief executive to chair hospital trust

Sir David Nicholson, former NHS England chief executive, has been appointed to chair a second acute trust in the Midlands, it has been announced.

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Trusts to share chair after NHSE ordered 'rapid' move to group model

Two trusts have agreed to appoint a joint chair amid efforts to form a group model across their sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.

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Hospitals across system cancel planned ops

Three acute trusts across the Black Country and West Birmingham have been forced to cancel some planned procedures as covid-19 pressures mount, HSJ  can confirm.

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Regulator pressures trusts to ‘rapidly’ agree hospital group model

NHS England and Improvement has written to trusts in the Black Country urging them to “rapidly” agree on a hospital group model, HSJ can reveal

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Concerns were raised over CEO before sick leave announcement

Concerns relating to a chief executive who has been on sick leave since June had previously been raised to the Care Quality Commission and passed to his trust, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: The hospitals facing most pressure to meet coronavirus demand

New analysis from Edge Health shows that district general hospitals around the centre of London have been the hardest hit by the covid-19 surge, says George Batchelor

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Coronavirus deaths mapped: 13 trusts see 50 per cent of fatalities

Seventy-two trusts had recorded at least one coronavirus death on Sunday, an increase of 15 on Friday.

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Coronavirus deaths cluster appears in the West Midlands

A second coronavirus spike appears to be emerging in the West Midlands, with one of the region’s trusts now reporting nine deaths from the illness.

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Delayed care or missed follow-ups behind most ophthalmology claims

More than half the compensation claims in ophthalmology relate to late treatment or missed follow-ups, new data reveals.

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DHSC paid PFI lenders £42m after miscalculation

The Department of Health and Social Care repaid £42m to investors of a failed PFI scheme three months before it emerged the fee was not required, according to auditors.

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Revealed: The trusts where patients lost their sight after follow-up delays

Dozens of patients suffered permanent or long-term harm to their eyes after waiting too long for a follow-up appointment, HSJ can reveal — with thousands more waiting over a year longer than they should have.