The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

David Loughton

Long-serving CEO takes over neighbouring acute trust

A long-serving NHS chief executive is set to become interim boss for a neighbouring hospital trust, amid plans for a provider group model.

New Cross Hospital

Trainees deployed to wards as overseas recruitment ‘blown out the water’

A trust in the Midlands says its international recruitment plans have been ‘blown out of the water’ by the new covid variant and recent travel bans – and forced it to deploy medical trainees to the wards.

Digital

The importance of buy-in if digital communication with patients is to prosper

If the gains made in recent months are to be consolidated and advanced, support from boards, clinicians and patients will be vital

Digital communication

How can the NHS further accelerate advances in digital communication with patients?

Coronavirus has helped put digital communication with patients firmly on the agenda. But how can the NHS further accelerate those advances, perhaps shifting to a setup in which such communication becomes the default? An HSJ webinar, supported by Zesty, explored this key issue.

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Regulator pressures trusts to ‘rapidly’ agree hospital group model

NHS England and Improvement has written to trusts in the Black Country urging them to “rapidly” agree on a hospital group model, HSJ can reveal

Digital communication

Webinar: How can the NHS further accelerate advances in digital communication with patients?

Professor Sultan Mahmud was part of a small expert panel considering how the NHS might further accelerate advances in communicating with patients via online services, particularly given the coronavirus pandemic.

David Loughton

CEO says lives were lost as he was ‘leant on’ to delay covid restrictions

A trust chief says he was “leant on from a big height” to delay visiting restrictions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic - a decision which he believes could have cost 25 lives.

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Revealed: The hospitals facing most pressure to meet coronavirus demand

New analysis from Edge Health shows that district general hospitals around the centre of London have been the hardest hit by the covid-19 surge, says George Batchelor

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Exclusive: Covid app launched for those with ‘medium severity’ symptoms

Royal Wolverhampton Trust has become the first provider to sign a deal with Babylon Health for citywide coverage of a new covid-19 app, HSJ has learned.

Wolverhampton

Coronavirus deaths cluster appears in the West Midlands

A second coronavirus spike appears to be emerging in the West Midlands, with one of the region’s trusts now reporting nine deaths from the illness.

Babylon health 3

Babylon and NHS trust reveal ‘digital-first integrated care’ deal

Babylon has announced major plans to partner with a Midlands trust and launch “digital-first integrated care” across the region.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

‘Concern’ over Cornish patients’ long journeys for cardiology treatment

A commissioner’s elective lead has raised concerns about the distance cardiology patients face travelling for treatment.

Ambulance

Patients diverted to neighbouring trust as A&E closes

A hospital trust will divert A&E attendees to a neighbouring organisation after its board signed off a temporary closure of its own unit at night.

Andy Williams

STP leader steps down

The sustainability and transformation partnership leader for the Black Country and west Birmingham is stepping down.

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The innovators in hospital admissions avoidance

HSJ Solutions is the largest database of validated best practice in the NHS. Here you will find workable and evidence based solutions to everyday challenges facing the NHS.

New Cross Hospital

Trust cuts nurse numbers to make way for nursing associates

The board of a hospital trust in the West Midlands has agreed to reduce the numbers of registered nurses on its wards replacing them with nursing associates.

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Revealed: Hundreds more neurology patients left waiting for appointments

Another trust in the West Midlands has raised concerns over under pressure neurology services with hundreds of people waiting for an appointment.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Inadequate trust set to lose 'unsustainable' stroke services

A trust’s stroke services deemed “unsustainable” by commissioners are set to be taken over by a neighbouring provider.

Breast cancer radiology

Private providers back on course to land £1.2bn deal

A major £1.2bn procurement for cancer and end of life care which was “paused” because of the collapse of another similar large contract involving the same lead advisers has finally been given the go ahead by NHS England.

The Christie

Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust

Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.