NHS North East


Coronavirus deaths mapped: First private hospitals record fatalities

HSJ’s unique analysis shows the spread of hospital deaths confirmed as coronavirus cases to date, by trust and area, as well as the regional growth trends.

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Field hospitals being set up across England

Moves are taking place to set up a raft of temporary hospitals across England — in venues such as conference and sports centres — to create additional capacity for coronavirus patients.

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Major acute tells staff to work despite isolation guidance

A major hospital trust has told staff they should attend work even if a household member is showing covid-19 symptoms, contrary to national guidance.

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Exclusive: Staff in ‘near revolt’ over protective gear crisis

Lack of staff testing, workforce shortages and running out of personal protective equipment are the three biggest concerns for trusts fighting the coronavirus outbreak, according to an HSJ chief executive survey conducted over the last 36 hours.


Coronavirus deaths mapped: 13 trusts see 50 per cent of fatalities

Seventy-two trusts had recorded at least one coronavirus death on Sunday, an increase of 15 on Friday.

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‘Two to three years’ before we have enough staff, says trust chief

The head of a mental health provider has said it “could be two to three years” before staffing supply for child and adolescent services meets demand, following new criticism of its services by the care quality regulator.

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Trust admits it will miss financial plan by £20m

A foundation trust in the North East has admitted it will miss its financial control total by more than £20m, after failing to meet efficiency plans set at the start of the year.

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Key NHS England ambition missed for seriously ill patients

A key ambition for the treatment of seriously ill mental health patients has been missed, with some parts of the country falling short by a large margin.

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Hospital funding call stepped up following storm damage

A hospital trust has stepped up its calls for capital funding for refurbishment off the back of damage caused by Storm Ciara.


Senior nurse who tried to whistleblow unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules

A trust unfairly dismissed a senior nurse after she tried to invoke its formal whistleblowing policy, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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Trust’s consultants allege they’re ‘bullied by managers’

Consultants at an acute hospital have reported being bullied by senior managers to move patients inappropriately and to prioritise targets over quality and safety.

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Region eyes devolved health powers

A combined local authority in the north east is seeking a Greater Manchester style devolution of powers over health and social care, in a bid to “reintroduce” services to one part of the region.


Coroner raps trust for not realising woman was in ‘imminent danger’

A coroner has criticised an ambulance trust after it took nearly four hours to reach a woman who had taken an overdose.

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Exclusive: Top trust chief picked to head new NHS England ‘taskforce’

An experienced trust chief executive has been chosen to lead a national taskforce group charged with improving inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism services for young people.

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FT’s staff survey raised major concerns ahead of chief quitting

Staff at a foundation trust raised concerns in a survey about discrimination and safety reporting, shortly before its chief executive quit blaming the “financial and regulatory environment”.

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CCG swaps systems ahead of merger

A clinical commissioning group has switched health systems ahead of a merger next year.

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Trust: Patients ‘at risk’ as ICS delays new IT system

A foundation trust is warning of “significant risk” to patients because its plan for a £35m IT overhaul has not been approved by its system or regulator.

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Thirteen regions yet to agree pathology model

Thirteen out of 29 regions have yet to formally commit to new pathology models, the latest update has revealed, although senior chiefs have declared the major efficiency scheme remains on track.

Mental health trust of the year proves small is beautiful

One of the smallest provider organisations in the NHS has won the mental health provider category at this year’s awards.

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Leading trust CEO will switch to running ICS

The chief executive of a foundation trust has stepped down to take an expanded role with the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System.