NHS North East

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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.

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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.

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Trust forms company for its Drs in pensions tax workaround

A foundation trust has set up a company with a group of its consultants in a bid to work around the pensions crisis hitting the NHS, HSJ has learned.

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Troubleshooter CEO appointed at FT after sudden resignation

A foundation trust has appointed an interim CEO after its former chief executive announced her shock resignation in an email to staff.

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Large provider of 999 support enters administration

One of England’s largest providers of 999 support to the NHS has gone into administration, affecting several NHS trusts, HSJ has learned.

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‘Life is just too short,’ resigning trust CEO tells staff

South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust’s chief executive has announced her resignation in a blistering email to trust staff, saying the personal cost of being an NHS CEO is too high and “life is just too short”.

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‘Inadequate’ mental health hospital placed into special measures

A mental health hospital has been placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors found more than 500 instances of restraint and dozens of unexplained serious incidents.

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CQC closes ‘inadequate’ children’s unit

An NHS children’s mental health unit has been closed down by the Care Quality Commission after being rated “inadequate” earlier this week.

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Cuts to tax relief likely to undermine NHS training drive

A government decision to cut tax relief for NHS staff on widening access to training schemes could have a ‘significant’ negative impact, HSJ has been warned.

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Revealed: The 20 capital projects promised by the PM

The government has unveiled a list of 20 new capital investment projects worth a total of £853m.

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Trust could borrow from local councils to fund reconfiguration bid

A foundation trust could use money borrowed from two local councils to fund multimillion pound reconfiguration plans.

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Twenty big NHS building projects that need Boris’ cash

With the new prime minister poised to announce NHS building projects, HSJ has identified 20 of the most significant hospital infrastructure schemes that require big injections of capital funding, often to address pressing problems with care quality.

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Three never events in one month spark probe

Investigations have been launched after three “never events” were recorded in one month at a north east acute trust.