South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Post-Covid Sustainable Transformation Award

Barts Health NHS Trust launched the Barts Emergency Access Care Hub (BEACH) in September 2020, which covers patients across the Barts Health footprint. The BEACH provides a single point of access for all eligible patients who have been given an ED disposition by a NHS 111 clinician or an on-scene ...

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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Cancer Care Initiative of the Year

At the outset of the pandemic a new telephone service was established to proactively call cancer patients to check their wellbeing, offer holistic therapy, provide local information and support, refer to appropriate services or simply provide a listening ear and reduce isolation.

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Trusts say joint board under single chair ‘does not mean merger’

Two neighbouring hospital trusts have ruled out a full merger, despite forming a joint board under a single chairman.

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Second batch of trusts to receive Hancock’s cash for tech improvements

At least 20 trusts will receive extra funding to improve their digital maturity in 2021 under one of Matt Hancock’s highest-profile programmes to modernise NHS trusts.

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Revealed: Details of ex-CEO’s bumper salary and 45-day holiday package

Further details of a former chief executive’s controversial pay and rewards package have emerged, including an unusually generous annual leave entitlement and pro-rata salary.

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Trust whose CEO quit over underfunding admits it has ‘no credible plans’

Directors of a hospital trust whose former chief executive resigned because it was “underfunded and unsustainable” have admitted there are “no credible plans” to close its £26m underlying deficit.

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Urgent cancer treatment down 60 per cent in April

The number of patients receiving urgent cancer treatment fell by 60 per cent in April, as hospitals struggled to provide services while grappling with covid-19.

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First ‘digital aspirant’ trusts revealed by NHSX

Twenty-three trusts will share a £28m pot of technology funding as part of the first wave of “digital aspirant” providers, NHSX has announced.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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Trust admits it will miss financial plan by £20m

A foundation trust in the North East has admitted it will miss its financial control total by more than £20m, after failing to meet efficiency plans set at the start of the year.

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HSJ’s 10 most read workforce stories of 2019

As 2019 winds down, HSJ is taking a moment to revisit its most read workforce stories of the year.

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FT’s staff survey raised major concerns ahead of chief quitting

Staff at a foundation trust raised concerns in a survey about discrimination and safety reporting, shortly before its chief executive quit blaming the “financial and regulatory environment”.

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Trust: Patients ‘at risk’ as ICS delays new IT system

A foundation trust is warning of “significant risk” to patients because its plan for a £35m IT overhaul has not been approved by its system or regulator.

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Troubleshooter CEO appointed at FT after sudden resignation

A foundation trust has appointed an interim CEO after its former chief executive announced her shock resignation in an email to staff.

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Departing CEO received £53k overtime payment

A chief executive who sent a shock resignation letter to staff earlier this month received overtime pay of around £53,000 last year.

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‘Life is just too short,’ resigning trust CEO tells staff

South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust’s chief executive has announced her resignation in a blistering email to trust staff, saying the personal cost of being an NHS CEO is too high and “life is just too short”.

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Trust chair perplexed by CQC leadership criticism

The chair of an acute trust has been left feeling puzzled and questioning inspectors’ assessments after the Care Quality Commission criticised its leadership model.

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Revealed: Acute trusts in talks over possible merger

Two acute trusts in the north east are exploring a possible merger as part of major changes to the region’s acute services, HSJ has learned.

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NHSE sets first targets to cut BME disciplinary cases

The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.