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A dementia assessment app enabling rapid diagnosis

NeuroCoRe’s ACEmobile Dementia Assessment App supports non-specialist staff to reliably assess cognitive impairment and won the 2018 HSJ Awards for Using Technology to Improve Efficiency. Emma Dent reports

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Revealed: The trusts testing the new A&E targets

NHS England has selected 14 hospital trusts to test new accident and emergency standards which could replace the four-hour target.

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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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Revealed: The trusts failing to meet national efficiency targets

NHS trusts continue to miss targets aimed at helping hospitals spend millions of pounds more effectively, HSJ can reveal.

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NHSI clears trusts to hire consultants as money worries worsen

NHS Improvement has authorised a tranche of financial support projects, ending a mini-drought in trusts tendering for management consultancy.

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Revealed: The trusts where A&E has slipped most

Waiting time performance for major emergency admissions at one London trust has deteriorated by 29 percentage points in the last two years, HSJ can reveal.

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National radiotherapy plan 'impossible to realise' without more funding

Consolidation of radiotherapy services “will be impossible” without more money, a royal college has warned.

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Why Plymouth hospital is 'insourcing' an elective unit

University Hospitals Plymouth has announced a novel partnership with Care UK, for the independent provider to carry out a large amount of elective surgery. Ann James, Plymouth chief executive, and Jim Easton, of Care UK, explain the project.

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Exclusive: Acute trust agrees Care UK deal for bulk of elective orthopaedics

A hospital trust will move 75 per cent of its elective orthopaedic service to a private company’s facility after agreeing an 18 month partnership.

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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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Troubled STP appoints high profile chair

A high profile regulator and quango chief has been appointed as the new independent chair of a troubled health economy.

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Trust's integration with social enterprise raises merger prospects

An acute hospital trust could merge with a social enterprise company that provides community, mental health and social care services, HSJ has learned.

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GIRFT: Outlier trust stops performing lung cancer procedure

A major teaching hospital identified as an outlier for thoracic surgery by a clinical audit has stopped performing a surgical procedure.

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Waiting times blow out to 22 weeks as elective admissions falter

Waiting times rose again, and the longest waits were hardest hit. Continued, severe and widespread capacity pressures are the likely culprit. By Rob Findlay

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Revealed: New money for 15 trusts to trial flexible working

Fifteen NHS trusts have been selected by the Department of Health and Social Care to receive funding for pilot projects to enable flexible working.

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Last minute cancelled operations hits highest rate since 2005

The proportion of last minute cancelled operations in the NHS hit the highest rate in over a decade in the last quarter of 2017-18 – and rocketed 20 per cent on the same period in the previous year.

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Former PCT chief returns to NHS to lead STP and CCGs

A former primary care trust chief is set to lead a health economy on an interim basis after local managers were unable to find a candidate to take on the role permanently.

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Long waits soar as hospitals struggle to admit

Over one year waiters shot up by 20 per cent, as admission rates slumped in the face of record A&E pressures.

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In full: Pathology network proposals

HSJ approached the 29 pathology networks proposed by NHS Improvement to ask if local trusts had signed up. In most cases the proposed “hub” trust was able to answer on behalf of its network.

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Shocking deterioration in RTT waiting times

Elective RTT waiting times shot up by over a week in December, in the fastest monthly increase since 2010, notes Rob Findlay