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Trust spent £2.1m on extra covid beds plan axed after two weeks

A trust had to pay £2.1m to a company it had hired to set up temporary beds at the peak of the first covid wave, despite cancelling the order two weeks later.

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Major shake-up of child cancer services ordered by NHS England

NHS England has finally ordered a major shake-up of paediatric cancer services in London after a long-running battle which saw national cancer director Cally Palmer accused of being ‘hugely conflicted’ because of her dual role as the chief executive of the trust at the centre of the storm.

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Revealed: the trusts where one in six staff have not had two covid jabs

There are 16 NHS trusts where at least one in six staff have not had two doses of coronavirus vaccine, and all but one of them are in London and Birmingham.

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Trusts write off £50m in overseas patient debt

Hospital trusts in London wrote off £54m in bad debts from overseas visitors over the last two years, annual accounts reveal.

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London Eye: 18 months in full PPE

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.


Doctors say NHS England ‘unfair’ in decision to remove surgery from some hospitals

Serious concerns have been raised about an ‘unfair’ tender process which will lead to specialist surgery being withdrawn from multiple hospitals.


Trusts receive half of funding for ‘essential’ maternity improvements

Trusts have so far received just over half of the £102m they said was needed for ‘immediate and essential’ improvements in maternity services.

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London Eye: Capitation in the capital

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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CEO interview: Alwen Williams, Barts Healthcare Trust

This is the latest in a series of interviews with provider chief executives, which are available exclusively to HSJ Insight subscribers.

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London Eye: Forgetting the war that’s still happening

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.


HSJ Value Awards 2021: System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative

The North East London Child Sexual Abuse hub is a partner-led approach to developing and delivering medical assessments and sustained emotional support for children and young people (CYP) who have experienced child sexual abuse. The development of the hub was led by Newham CCG with support and input from partners ...


HSJ Value Awards 2021: Paediatric Care Initiative of the Year

The Asthma and Wheeze Project is overseen by the integrated borough-based partnership “Tower Hamlets Together” and sought to significantly reduce non-elective admissions of children and young people with asthma and wheeze to the Royal London Hospital. As a system the project mapped the primary and secondary drivers for admissions and ...


HSJ Value Awards 2021: Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year

This was the development of a diabetes dashboard modelled on the National Diabetes Audit, which provided monthly updates on key care components. The data was displayed at both individual GP level as well as at a Locality level (now PCN level) and CCG level. Discussion about the dashboard was incorporated ...


HSJ Value Awards 2021: Urgent and Emergency Care Initiative of the Year

The High Intensity User service was launched to reduce the unnecessary attendances and admittances to Hillingdon A&E of the top 50 patients, which incurred an annual cost of £7m.


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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Exclusive: Major trust ‘weeks away’ from running short of blood collection tubes

Supplies of key blood tube collection products in one of England’s largest trusts could run out by the end of August, trust leaders have warned, as the health service scrambles to stay on top of an ongoing shortage of essential consumables.

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HSJ podcast: Summer, salaries, systems and shielding

This week’s NHS Health Check podcast is dedicated to all matters staffing: The Agenda for Change pay deal, how much integrated care system chiefs should get paid, and shielding staff not getting risk assessments.

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NHS’ promotion of 111 First ‘not strong enough’, watchdog warns

Not enough people know about the 111 First A&E booking service as the messaging from the NHS ‘has not been strong enough’, Healthwatch England has said.

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HSJ podcast: How the government is trying to build back cheaper

A letter obtained by HSJ’s Nick Carding revealed the government has told eight of the most advanced “40 new hospitals” trusts to put produce plans to build much more cheaply — he discusses what it means on the HSJ Health Check podcast.


Exclusive: Government tells hospitals to submit cheaper rebuild plans

NHS trusts hoping to build the first new hospitals under the government’s flagship infrastructure project have been told to submit plans for schemes costing less than £400m, prompting concern about plans being watered down.

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HSJ podcast: Why the NHS needs fewer chairs and chiefs than ever

The sharp increase in shared NHS trust chairs and CEOs has been notable in recent months, with more key appointments made in London and the North West just this week.

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Caring for staff: how the NHS can improve workforce wellbeing

The pandemic has brought employees’ mental and physical health into sharp focus. An HSJ webinar, supported by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, asked what organisations are doing – and can do – to address the needs of staff. Alison Moore reports

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Ex-NHS Improvement director gets trust chief job

A former NHS Improvement director is to become an acute trust chief executive at the end of this year.

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Joint chair hired for two trusts with £2bn+ turnover

A joint chair has been appointed for two large hospitals trusts.


Shake-up of ‘new hospitals’ project after construction capacity concerns

The official leading the government’s flagship hospital building programme has admitted ‘the brakes have come on’ for some of the frontrunner projects, with some having to revisit their designs due to new requirements.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Third week of August

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.


Nightingale deaths lead to warning over ‘confusion’ around ventilator equipment

Two patients died while being treated at London’s Nightingale Hospital amid what a coroner has described as ‘widespread confusion’ around some of the equipment used for ventilation machines.

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New chief exec for trust with England’s worst performing A&E

One of England’s worst-performing hospital trusts is getting a new chief executive from August.

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Hospital brings cleaning and catering in-house to ‘support minority ethnic communities’

An acute trust has brought their cleaning and catering contracts back in house to boost workforce equality and support staff from minority ethnic communities.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Fourth wave blues

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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The trusts with the most patients waiting over 18 months

The trusts with the biggest share of their waiting list at more than 18 months and two years has been revealed for the first time.

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Revealed: the London trusts yet to vaccinate a quarter of their staff

There is a gap of around 30 percentage points in staff uptake of the covid-19 vaccination between different London trusts, according to figures seen by HSJ.

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New CEO appointed at northern acute trust

Len Richards will take the helm at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in October after four years as the chief executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

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London Eye: Irreparable sight loss

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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London Eye: The biggest job in hospital-land

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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Exclusive: Shared chief executive and chair for trusts with £2bn plus turnover

Two hospital trusts with a combined turnover of more than £2bn will share a chief executive and chair from June, HSJ understands.

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Medway chief executive to join NHS Confederation

The chief executive who is leaving Medway Foundation Trust is to take up a new role at the NHS Confederation.


Revealed: Trusts pay £15m to Serco in fallout from pathology deal

Two trusts have paid an outsourcing firm £15m to leave the joint venture which has provided their pathology services over the last 10 years, HSJ  can reveal.


Trust with ‘suffocating prohibition on speaking plainly’ loses case against senior manager

A tribunal has ruled a senior manager with a ‘blemish-free’ record was unfairly sacked, with the judge raising concerns about the trust’s ‘policing of language’.


Tribunal ‘astonished’ by trust’s handling of legitimate race discrimination concerns

A children’s nurse who raised legitimate concerns over racial discrimination at a major London trust was suspended and victimised by her managers for doing so, an employment tribunal has ruled.