NHS chiefs in Somerset say a merger between the county’s main acute and community and mental health trusts will deliver annual recurrent savings of nearly £20m.
Paramedics will be able to access the records of mental health service users for the first time as part of a wider scheme that aims to allow clinicians to share care records across the country.
Health chiefs have pushed back a merger which would create one of England’s first acute, mental health and community services trusts.
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.
Two trusts have said they cannot rule out redundancies ahead of a merger which aims to deliver savings up to £50m over five years and more joined up patient care.
Hundreds of young people assessed as needing specialist mental health treatment have been made to wait more than a year, an investigation by HSJ can reveal.
One third of community hospitals missed their safe staffing plans every month for at least three years, HSJ analysis suggests.
Two trusts have begun planning a merger to bring together acute, community, and mental health services into a single trust, HSJ can reveal.
A former Department of Health and Social Care minister has been appointed as chair of a sustainability and transformation partnership.
An acute trust and a mental health and community trust have appointed a joint chief executive after forming an alliance to make services more integrated.
A scandal hit mental health and community trust has hired its new chief executive from a neighbouring organisation.
Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust; Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust
Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust, Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust
Nearly a third of NHS trusts running community hospitals have not met their targets for nurse staffing levels on wards for the past two years, HSJ analysis reveals.
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Somerset’s sustainability and transformation plan sets the goal of implementing an “accountable care system” by April 2019.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
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The “oppressive” scrutiny faced by NHS chief executives is hampering innovation and often amounts to “bullying”, according to leaders interviewed for a new report.
A council in the South West decided against pooling its social care budget with the local clinical commissioning group because it was concerned it would fall foul of competition regulations.