University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

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Winners of 2018 HSJ Value Awards revealed

The HSJ Value Awards 2018 honour projects that deliver improvements for patients

Emergency workforce

Ambulance and trolley waits soar to record levels

Ambulance response times hit new lows last month, leaving heart attack and stroke patients waiting nearly an hour to be reached on average, despite the system having an 18-minute target for this cohort.

Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Bristol NHS FT

UPDATED: Downgraded trust’s CEO describes ‘hugely taxing’ effort to balance safety with collaboration

A long-serving CEO has described the “hugely taxing” task for trust leaders to balance internal patient safety risks with wider system partnership work during the pandemic.


Leak reveals hour-long ambulance delays have quadrupled in 12 months

Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.

Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Bristol NHS FT

‘Trolley waits’ of 12 hours balloon to more than 5,000

Emergency departments reported more than 5,000 ‘trolley waits’ of at least 12 hours in September, the highest ever monthly total, and almost double the pre-covid record.

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West Country Chronicle: ‘Reasonable grounds’ for disciplinary investigation against trust chiefs over bullying

From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

Southmead hospital

CCG to centralise acute service in long-awaited reconfiguration

Stroke services in Bristol and the surrounding area are set to be centralised at a major provider after commissioners published long-awaited reconfiguration plans.

Robert Woolley

Long-serving CEO of ‘outstanding’ trust announces retirement

The chief executive of a major acute trust which has twice been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission is retiring after more than 30 years in the NHS.

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West Country Chronicle: The quest for zero suicides

From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Bristol NHS FT

Minority ethnic staff ‘told to adopt Western names’ by managers

Hospital line managers allegedly told staff from minority ethnic backgrounds to adopt ‘Western work names’ because their own were deemed ‘too difficult’ to pronounce, according to Care Quality Commission inspectors.

Nick Watts

'Realistic' for NHS trusts and systems to be carbon neutral by 2030 says sustainability chief

The NHS’ chief sustainability officer has told HSJ trusts and integrated care systems can ‘absolutely’ achieve carbon net zero emissions by 2030.


‘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.

Weston General Hospital

Regulator removes struggling hospital’s junior doctors

Ten junior doctors have been removed from a struggling hospital over concerns they were being left without adequate supervision on understaffed wards.

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Exclusive: CQC to ramp up inspections of trusts’ infection control

Trusts’ infection control measures will be put under greater scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has been told.

A&E accident and emergency

A&E trolley waits double despite many fewer patients

Long waits for admission from emergency departments in November were nearly double last year’s figure, despite many fewer patients, as covid-19 hampered flow through hospitals.


Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

‘Requiring immediate action’: The patient safety issues hidden in unpublished reports

These are some of the serious findings of external reviews of NHS services from recent years, previously unpublished but now released to HSJ.

Weston General Hospital

Hospital stops admitting patients following covid spike

A Somerset hospital has stopped admitting new patients – including to the accident and emergency department – following a spike in coronavirus cases.

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Public board meetings abandoned during covid-19 crisis

Trusts and clinical commissioning groups are abandoning scheduled board meetings or holding them in private during the covid-19 crisis.