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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Operations and Performance Initiative of the Year

Provision of an integrated system to work within the electronic patient record capturing prospective and retrospective clinical priority for patients waiting for appointments, investigations and treatment. This was a hospital-wide need affecting all specialties and service providers and all current and newly referred patients.

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Landmark reconfiguration that promised to save 300 lives a year ‘quietly dropped’

One of the highest profile NHS reconfigurations of the last decade — that pledged to save 300 lives per year — has been “quietly dropped”, HSJ has learned.

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A&E trolley waits double despite many fewer patients

Long waits for admission from emergency departments in November were nearly double last year’s figure, despite many fewer patients, as covid-19 hampered flow through hospitals.

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Patients eight times more likely to die following major surgery at outlier hospitals

Death rates for a major emergency abdominal surgery are almost eight times higher at some outlier hospitals compared with top performers, a national report has found.

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Trusts across region create staff bank to cut agency costs

Eighteen trusts in the North West will establish a major ‘staff bank’, using new technology to pool junior doctors across the region.


Revealed: Eight hospital trusts with more covid patients than in the spring

Eight hospital trusts have surpassed the level of covid-19 patients in general acute beds which they recorded in the spring peak, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS England data.

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Two trusts in Greater Manchester suspend some electives

Two hospital trusts in Greater Manchester have suspended some non-urgent elective care, with one also taking steps to move some cancer procedures to alternative sites, HSJ  understands.

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Exclusive: New surge in Manchester covid patients amid lockdown row

Greater Manchester’s hospitals have seen a new surge in beds occupied by patients with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, HSJ understands.

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Veteran NHS leader to chair Isle of Man care provider

A long-standing NHS chief executive and national agency leader has been appointed chair of a new board responsible for delivering health and care on the Isle of Man.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: People & Organisational Development Initiative of the Year

The Cultural Ambassador programme was an opportunity to make a difference and challenge any unconscious bias and discrimination that may occur for those black, Asian and minority ethnic employees entering or during formal HR processes.

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‘Insane secretiveness’ undermined ‘limp’ People Plan, claims one of its authors

One of the authors of the NHS People Plan has slammed NHS England’s “insane secretiveness” in the lead-up to its publication, claiming the document was “limp” on diversity and ignored the immediate staffing challenges facing the NHS.


One in four managers working 20+ hours overtime during pandemic

Nearly a quarter of NHS managers have been working more than 20 hours a week in unpaid overtime during the coronavirus pandemic, while two-thirds say they do not believe they can take time off in lieu, new data has revealed.

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Dealing with decline

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Greater Manchester must ‘deeply recognise’ its A&E problem

The need for Greater Manchester to improve its performance against the accident and emergency target needs to be “deeply recognised” — and lessons learned from the slower than expected impact of the region’s prevention work, one of its senior leaders had told HSJ.

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Long-serving hospital chief takes over national agency

A former long-serving NHS chief executive has taken over the NHS Leadership Academy as interim lead.

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Swedish firm picked for major radiology contract

A Swedish company has been named preferred supplier for a major radiology contract, spanning eight NHS trusts in the North West, HSJ has learned.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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Long-standing chief exec hired to deliver NHS workforce plan

A long-standing NHS chief executive is to lead on the development of the people plan.

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A&E gets worse for Devo Manc

Greater Manchester’s performance against the headline accident and emergency standard has continued to deteriorate, despite a formal intervention from regulators earlier this year.


Greater Manchester trust appoints new CEO

A new chief executive has been appointed to run an acute trust in Greater Manchester, subject to approval by governors.