Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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West Country Chronicle: The NHS is failing to diagnose Devon’s autistic children

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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Exclusive: Key NHS long-term plan target to be missed ‘due to covid’

The NHS is set to miss a major national target to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements within mental health by the end of March, HSJ can reveal.

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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.

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CQC orders staffing and safety improvements at trust scrutinised over deaths

A mental health trust has been told to make ‘urgent improvements’ by regulators after a fourth inpatient death occurred with similar themes to three other patients dying within 12 months.

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Trust warned by CQC sees fourth inpatient death following ‘humongous’ tech problems

A fourth suspected suicide has occurred at a mental health trust which was recently warned by the Care Quality Commission after three other similar inpatient deaths in quick succession, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust warned after CQC’s ‘serious concerns’ for patients

Safety inspectors have ordered a mental health trust to make immediate improvements after visiting two inpatient wards where three patients died inside six months.

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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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Mental health trusts transfer junior doctors to acute hospitals

Mental health trusts across England are transferring foundation year one doctors to acute trusts to help tackle the covid-19 crisis, HSJ can reveal.

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Acute trust admits £20m financial plan miss

An acute trust has increased its forecast deficit by around £20m, amid a worsening of its county’s overall finances.

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Former success regime CCG’s finances plummet

One of England’s largest clinical commissioning groups has increased its planned deficit by nearly £40m.

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‘Unprecedented’ demand leaves thousands waiting two years for specialist service

Providers of gender identity services say they are not adequately funded by NHS England, with thousands of patients being forced to wait more than two years to see a specialist.

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Spiralling child waiting list forces CCG to take action

Record numbers of children waiting to be assessed for autism in Devon have forced the local CCG to seek an additional provider to try and tackle the backlog of approximately 1,800.

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NHS chiefs 'must call out racists and homophobes'

Three leading NHS trust chief executives have called on their peers to directly challenge communities whose racist and homophobic views often lead to the abuse of NHS staff.

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Improvement director takes up STP chief role

Devon sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed an improvement director who was overseeing three troubled Norfolk trusts as its lead chief executive

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Largest deficit CCG breaks even for first time ahead of merger

England’s most cash-strapped clinical commissioning group is set to break-even financially for the first time in its history.

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Exclusive: Trusts 'limiting access' to psychosis services

Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.

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Virgin Care set to lose children's service contract to NHS consortium

Virgin Care is likely to lose a children’s contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds as commissioners are set to name an NHS consortium as preferred bidders.

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Winners revealed for HSJ Value Awards 2018

Twenty organisations have been honoured in the 2018 HSJ Value Awards – which recognise and celebrate outstanding improvements in care quality and efficiency made by NHS staff.