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‘Considerable disquiet’ over lack of savings from £7m consultancy contract

There has been ‘considerable disquiet’ among board members of a beleaguered NHS trust over £7m of spending on a consultancy contract, which according to auditors has so far delivered ‘no tangible savings’.

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London Eye: Forgetting the war that’s still happening

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

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Governance-scandal trust appoints new CEO

A community and mental health trust whose previous CEO departed under a shroud of governance problems has appointed a new leader.

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West Country Chronicle: Chiefs’ fears over staycation wave

From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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Trust acts after 'inappropriate' payments to board members

An acute trust is taking “remedial action” after an external investigation found thousands of pounds had been “incorrectly” paid to board members, HSJ can reveal.

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Struggling trusts halt work on merger

Two trusts mired in controversy over quality and governance issues have paused their planned merger, HSJ has learned.

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West Country Chronicle: How NEDs pushed chair out of governance scandal trust

From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.


‘Flurry’ of whistleblowers raise concerns at troubled trust

A ‘flurry’ of whistleblowers have raised concerns about the culture within an NHS trust which is grappling with finance and governance problems, its directors have been told.

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Trust apologises for board members’ covid-19 overtime pay

Four board members of a mental health trust at the centre of several governance investigations were paid overtime for work during the peak of the first wave of covid-19, its new CEO has confirmed.

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Trust CEO quits after investigation uncovers ‘really concerning’ governance failings

The long-serving chief executive of a community and mental health trust has resigned, amid official reviews into allegations of multiple financial and governance failings, HSJ has learned.


HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2020

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2020, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.


More mental health trusts will merge with acutes, chief predicts

The development of the integrated care agenda will see more mental health providers merging with acute trusts, an experienced chief executive has forecast.


Coroner orders closer working between five trusts after prisoner’s death

Five NHS trusts in the South West have been ordered to make immediate improvements after the death of a 20-year-old prisoner who needed healthcare.

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Covid risks prompt single health and care workforce bank

A rural health economy is establishing a single staff bank which all NHS and care home organisations in its patch can access.

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App launched to track NHS staff’s covid-19 absences

A new app has been launched by NHS England to track staff absences related to coronavirus amid increasing pressure on the NHS workforce.

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Fifth of trust’s medical workforce absent amid covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 related absence rates for medics at a community and mental health trust have risen to nearly 20 per cent in the last three weeks, new figures have revealed.

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First region targets 2030 for net zero carbon

A sustainability and transformation partnership has agreed an “incredibly challenging” ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 ahead of declaring a “climate emergency”.


Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff

NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.

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Treasury pressed for funding solution for rural care

Local NHS and council chiefs have met Treasury boss Sajid Javid to ask for an exemption from funding rules they say make it impossible to improve care in a rural area.


Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence

Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.