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How a culture of improvement powered health systems’ response to covid-19

A culture of continuous improvement underpins two health systems, which has enabled them to unlock capacity and energise their workforce in the face of a pandemic

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New chief executive appointed at ‘outstanding’ trust

An ‘outstanding’ trust has announced it has appointed a new chief executive.

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‘Secretive’ safety findings set to be revealed direct to CQC

The Care Quality Commission may in future be notified when ‘secretive’ external reviews have looked at patient safety issues within trusts.

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Chief executive of ‘outstanding’ trust to step down after more than a decade

The chief executive of an “outstanding” trust is to retire this autumn after 11 years in the post.

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Watchdog forced to hand over NHS staff names in safety failure cases

A national safety watchdog has been forced to release almost 100 pieces of evidence, including from NHS staff, after being ordered to by courts.

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Hospital hosts others’ surgeons so cancer ops can go ahead

A specialist trust has freed up 29 theatre sessions a week so cancer surgery from nearby providers can continue during the covid pandemic.

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Hospital warns it may become ‘impossible’ to stop patients catching covid

A trust has warned it may reach a ‘tipping point’ where it is ‘impossible’ to separate covid positive and negative patients.

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Exclusive: Review launched after ‘injustices suffered by BAME staff’

A clinical commissioning group has ordered an independent review of its culture after what is described as “injustices experienced by black Asian and minority ethic colleagues” during the covid pandemic.

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HSIB sped up investigations amid coroner’s concern

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has changed its processes after it was criticised by a coroner for taking too long to complete its investigations into the death of a newborn baby – and potentially holding up improvements within the trust involved.

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First ‘digital aspirant’ trusts revealed by NHSX

Twenty-three trusts will share a £28m pot of technology funding as part of the first wave of “digital aspirant” providers, NHSX has announced.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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Revealed: The trusts with the highest cataract complication rates

Several trusts have taken action after recording high rates of complications for cataract surgery, while others have disputed the figures, an HSJ  investigation has found.

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Twelve trusts to stop reporting waiting times performance as part of trial

NHS England has announced the 12 trusts which will trial the proposed new elective waiting time standard.

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Senior responsible officer appointed at 'improving' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership which has faced a turbulent few years has appointed new leadership.

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Staff survey analysis: Trusts with the most staff experiencing violence

A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts based on the share of employees experiencing violence from patients, relatives or the public in the last 12 months, according to the NHS staff survey 2018.

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Acute trust rated 'outstanding' after quality improvement drive

An acute trust in the south east has been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, with its chief executive putting it down to quality improvement by clinicians and leadership stability.

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Exclusive: Major incident as hospital waste collections halted

More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.

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DHSC fails to approve tech funding loan for 15 months

An acute trust has been forced to look for new funding to pay for its electronic patient record system after the Department of Health and Social Care has still not signed off a loan after more than 15 months.

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Trust brings in external investigators over bullying claims

A large hospital trust has ordered an external investigation into bullying and harassment.