Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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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

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Waiting times steady despite slowdown in admissions

Yet another large trust stopped reporting its referral to treatment data, which clouded the picture for the latest November figures and raised non-reported waiting lists to a new record.

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Revealed: 25 trusts 'likely' to get funding for safety technology

Funding for 25 NHS trusts to introduce barcoding technology to improve patient safety and efficiency could be announced early next year.

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Devon trusts to share staff across region

Medical staff will work across trusts in a success regime region under a new system devised by health chiefs to reduce pressure on struggling services.

Acute services across the Devon healthcare system have been the subject of a review by local clinicians and NHS managers.

All A&Es to stay open under proposals for troubled health economy

Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust; Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust; Plymouth Hospitals Trust; Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

The use of information technology to drive value in clinical services

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017: The Use of Information Technology to Drive Value in Clinical Services

Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust: HANDi Paediatric: smart phone app integrating care for common childhood conditions through home, primary care and into hospital

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Trust declares major incident as neighbour is crippled by cyber attack

Demand spikes at major trauma centre as neighbour is struck down by ransomware

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Largest CCG given updated legal directions as finances sink

The largest clinical commissioning group in the country has been given fresh legal directions over its financial management, amid a worsening of its cumulative deficit.