Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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‘Missed opportunities’ in management of troubled service, review finds

Several ‘missed opportunities’ by local commissioners to tackle problems within a troubled autism service have been identified by an independent review.


Exclusive: Regulator launches independent review into care of vulnerable man

NHS England and Improvement have launched an independent review into the care and death of a man with learning disabilities, following concerns raised by HSJ. 

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Mobilising volunteers to tackle health inequalities

A joint project by Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and Staffordshire County Council, winner of the Health and Local Government Partnership category at the 2019 HSJ Awards, is running eight community libraries that serve deprived communities. Jennifer Trueland finds out more about their impact

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Region reopens community hospitals to ‘avoid’ Nightingale

Community hospitals in Staffordshire will be reopened and used as covid-19 beds in an effort to avoid a local acute trust sending patients — and staff — to Birmingham’s Nightingale hospital.

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Eleven trusts renew £1.5bn court battle with their local councils

Eleven hospital trusts are continuing a High Court action against their local authorities, by seeking to appeal a previous ruling that denied them an estimated £1.5bn in backdated business rates.

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CCGs face external review into handling of troubled contract

An independent review triggered by NHS England will examine the oversight and management of a troubled children’s autism service by local commissioners, HSJ has learned.

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Children feared ‘lost to the system’ by failing service

Parents fear their children have been “lost to the system” because of problems with staffing and assessment delays in a failing service.


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.


Commissioners U-turn over refusal to review patient death

Commissioners have backtracked on a previous refusal to review the death of a patient with learning disabilities.


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.

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Exclusive: New action over safety concerns at Shropshire hospitals

Inspectors have taken fresh urgent action at a severely troubled hospital trust, citing major concerns about treatment of mental health patients in its emergency department, HSJ can reveal.

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Mindless retendering

HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.

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DHSC orders reviews for autism and LD inpatients

HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.

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Mental Health Matters: Where were the commissioners?

HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.

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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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Trust spend on compulsory redundancies rises by 8pc

Trust spend on compulsory redundancies increased by 8 per cent — or £3.3m — last year, analysis reveals.

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Review of 1,400 patients after 'inappropriate' treatment concerns

Fears over the “inappropriate” treatment of children and young people with autism has prompted a review of 1,400 cases in a trust’s under pressure mental health service.

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Standalone community trusts meet safe staffing plans more often

One third of community hospitals missed their safe staffing plans every month for at least three years, HSJ analysis suggests.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year

Winner Oxford Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group: Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration

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Milestone trust merger completed

A merger to create the NHS’s largest trust providing both physical community health services and mental health services has been approved by NHS Improvement.