South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


Trust to change medicine policies to be 'legally compliant'

An ambulance trust has admitted it needs to change its medicines management to be “legally compliant”, including withdrawing a potentially life saving drug from volunteers.

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Regulator criticises 'passive and unwieldy' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership had “not begun to function effectively” when the Care Quality Commission carried out a local system review at the end of 2017.


CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm

Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator.

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Four deaths linked to ambulance delays

A coroner is probing four deaths – including one of a month old baby – which all occurred this year and all involved delayed responses from an ambulance trust in special measures.

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Special measures ambulance trust posts worst ever 999 performance

The ambulance trust covering the South East Coast has seen its performance for emergency calls slump to the lowest ever recorded by any service.


Trust remains in special measures after new problems uncovered

A troubled ambulance trust is set to remain in special measures after a Care Quality Commission inspection found a new problem with recording 999 calls.

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Revealed: How much NHS trusts made from land sales

Sales of land or physical assets by NHS trusts generated cash receipts of £220m in 2016-17.

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'Inadequate' private provider to hand back troubled contract early

A company operating one of the first integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours services is to hand back the contract to the NHS.

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Trust chief: Bullying investigation could lead to disciplinary action

Further investigation into bullying and harassment claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust could lead to disciplinary action, its new chief executive has said.


Bullying, harassment and 'militaristic leadership' exposed at trust

A damning report has revealed a culture of bullying, harassment and alleged sexual predation at an ambulance trust that managers failed to address, leaving employees “bereft of both confidence and direction”.

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Timeline: Troubled years at ambulance trust

Professor Duncan Lewis’s damning report on South East Coast Ambulance Service has been published following years of controversy at the trust.

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Exclusive: Short tenure of 'inadequate' trust chiefs laid bare

The chief executives of trusts rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission have been in post much longer than those rated inadequate – several of whom have stayed less than a year, HSJ analysis confirms.


'Model ambulance' to be created to achieve Carter savings

A “model ambulance” is to be created to tackle variation across England’s 10 ambulance trusts.

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CCG targets millions in savings under Right Care programme

Commissioners in Kent plan to save more than £7m by reducing unwarranted variation in care over two years.


CCG pays ambulance staff wages following private provider dispute

Commissioners in Sussex paid a total of £642,000 in wages to former NHS staff after their private company employer ceased trading, HSJ can reveal.


Former CPS chief named chair of special measures trust

A former chief executive of the Crown Prosecution Service has been appointed chair of a struggling ambulance trust


Revealed: Trusts with the best and worst manager engagement

NHS staff feel senior managers do not involve them enough in decision making, according to the latest staff survey results, released this morning.

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NHS finances: The best and worst performing trusts in quarter three

HSJ analysis shows which trusts are performing best, and worst, against their financial plans in 2016-17.


New chief executive for troubled trust

South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.


Analysis: Commissioners have questions to answer over failed contract

The “phased withdrawal” of Coperforma from providing Sussex’s patient transport service has been greeted with a sigh of relief from unions and many patients. But it leaves many questions unanswered.