Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

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Serious covid-linked condition in children ‘now in decline’

A serious coronavirus-linked illness which put up to 100 children in intensive care now appears to be in decline as the number of covid-19 cases also falls, HSJ has been told.

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Exclusive: Senior doctors warned of service failings before 12 deaths

Senior doctors repeatedly raised concerns over safety and staffing problems at a mental health trust before a cluster of 12 deaths, an HSJ investigation has found.

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Trust chief joins covid-19 ‘test and trace’ top team

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust chief executive Sarah-Jane Marsh will lead the government’s ‘test and trace’ programme along with a council boss, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.


Senior trust director dies after contracting covid-19

A “talented and highly-regarded” senior leader at a major specialist trust, has died after testing positive for covid-19.

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Major drop off in referrals to children’s mental health services

Children’s mental health services accross England have seen a huge drop off in referrals amid the coronavirus crisis, HSJ has learned.

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Trusts told to test staff who are in quarantine

Acute trusts have been told to set aside 15 per cent of their daily coronavirus tests for NHS key workers who are quarantining at home with others.


NHS leaders call for financial targets to be scrapped ahead of covid-19 surge

Senior healthcare leaders have called on ministers to scrap their financial and efficiency targets as they scramble services to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

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New triage process helps struggling service cut waiting list by 30pc

An overhaul in the pathway for a flagship mental health service in Birmingham has led to a 30 per cent decrease in its waiting list since June.

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Trust rated ‘good’ two years after merger

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has achieved a “good” rating overall following its first Care Quality Commission inspection as a single organisation - down from the “outstanding” held by one of its predecessor trusts.

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‘Why I risked my trust’s reputation’

The definitions of success and the things we value in chief executives in the NHS need to be rethought, writes Sarah-Jane Marsh

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Calls to expand flexible working options following year-long trial

Policymakers are being called on to expand nurses’ flexible working options after a year-long trial involving more than 200 nurses showed evidence it would improve work-life balance.


Twenty big NHS building projects that need Boris’ cash

With the new prime minister poised to announce NHS building projects, HSJ has identified 20 of the most significant hospital infrastructure schemes that require big injections of capital funding, often to address pressing problems with care quality.

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'Outstanding' trust blocks GP referrals to under pressure service

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has stopped all new referrals to one of its paediatric specialities due to capacity problems, local GPs have been told.


Brexit: Trust can operate for 'four days' under food shortage contingency plans

A mental health trust has said it can “operate for four days” by increasing its stock of frozen food and replacing hot meals for patients with cold meals, in the event of food shortages caused by a no-deal Brexit.

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Gaps in 'unique' service criticised after patient death

A “unique” mental health model for children and young adults has again been criticised for gaps in its service following the death of a patient.

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Best of 2018: HSJ's top mental health stories

As the year draws to an end, we look back on the 10 most-read stories from the mental health sector. These include the announcement of two trust chiefs stepping down and a merger to create the biggest mental health and community trust in the country being delayed

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New Year honours for hospital bosses and NHS England staff

Hospital chief executives and senior NHS England staff were among those named in the New Year’s Honours list.

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Best of 2018: HSJ's most read stories

It is that time of the year when we look back at the past 12 months and highlight some of HSJ’s most popular articles. NHS England and NHS Improvement’s ‘integration’, NHS directors under investigation for fraud, and trust chief executives’ resignations were among the most read stories of 2018.

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Specialist hospitals face losing £27m under new tariff plans

Children’s trusts could lose up to £27m under new tariff proposals for 2019-20, senior NHS managers have revealed.