Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

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Revealed: Beds for children hit ‘crisis point’ amid covid demand surge

Availability of inpatient child and adolescent mental health services beds — particularly for eating disorders — has reached ‘crisis point’, with young people left waiting on a standard paediatric ward or at home as demand surged during the covid pandemic.


Retail boss takes over as Test and Trace COO

NHS Test and Trace has appointed a former supermarket director as its new chief operating officer.

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Exclusive: Urgent children’s ops routinely cancelled due to covid pressure

Dozens and potentially hundreds of urgent operations for children have been cancelled during the third wave of the covid pandemic, HSJ can reveal.

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GPs receive 'urgent' call to volunteer for work in crisis-hit ITU

GPs in Birmingham have been sent an “urgent” plea to assist in their acute trust’s crisis hit critical care services, HSJ can reveal.

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Leaked emails raise flag on ‘extremely concerning’ bed shortage

‘Systemic’ problems within mental health services in Birmingham have caused the number of people waiting for an inpatient bed to reach ‘extremely concerning’ levels, according to documents leaked to HSJ.

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Exclusive: Ex-Sainsbury’s boss to join beleaguered Test and Trace as NHS chief returns to trust

The former chief executive of Sainsbury’s is to take over as testing director at NHS Test and Trace, while the hospital chief executive currently running it will leave at the end of October, HSJ has learned.

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Investigation launched after seven ‘never events’ in two years at leading trust

An external review has been launched at a leading children’s hospital after a series of “never events”.

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HSJ80 full list: The most influential people in health

The HSJ80 lists the figures who will exercise the most power and/or influence in the English NHS and health policy over the next 12 months

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City plans ‘integrated care system for mental health’

Local mental health commissioning may be transferred to NHS providers under a new contract in one of the UK’s biggest cities.

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Executives all white in city where 40pc of population is BAME

Every current executive director at the five NHS trusts in Birmingham is white, despite more than 40 per cent of the city’s population being from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Intensive care unit stays open despite fire warning

A children’s hospital is having to put safety measures in place because it discovered building problems which could mean fire spreading quickly, it has emerged.

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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.

Sarah Jane Marsh

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.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

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.