NHS South West


£920k payout in warring surgeons case

A clinical director was dismissed from his job at a district general hospital after a subordinate raised concerns about him performing “unsafe” private work, a tribunal has revealed.


Deputy appointed CEO of neighbouring trust

An executive from a neighbouring trust will take over as chief executive at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust.

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Exclusive: NHS trusts dismiss Brexit impact on staff retention

NHS trusts are not expecting disruption to services caused by EU staff leaving because of Brexit, according to analysis by HSJ.

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'Glove shortages' at main supplier after unexpected demand

Contingency plans have been triggered to make sure NHS trusts keep receiving millions of examination gloves, after an unforeseen surge in demand caused “stock shortages” at their main supplier.

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Revealed: The winners and losers of government's £2.9bn capital pot

Two out of three requests from NHS trusts for capital investment have so far been rejected under the government’s new funding regime, analysis by HSJ suggests.


New chair announced for ICS

An integrated care system in the south west of England has appointed Nick Relph as interim chair.


Mental health trust chief retires

The chief executive of a mental health trust in the South West has announced her retirement after 13 years at the trust.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Troubled trust moves major service in bid to improve flow

A special measures trust is shifting nearly all its elective orthopaedic work out of its main hospital as part of a raft of initiatives aimed at getting out of special measures.

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Incumbents to compete for £1.2bn community contract

Community providers in the south west will compete to take over each other’s services after the local CCG announced it would accept only single-provider bids for a new £1.2bn contract.

Weston General Hospital

Downgrade proposed for A&E at country's smallest trust

The country’s smallest hospital trust could lose its A&E service under proposals that will be put to the public for consultation next year.

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Revealed: The winners from £1bn government capital fund

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed the trusts and partnerships which will receive capital funding worth around £900m for building developments.

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Core 999 targets ‘won’t be met for two years’, sector chief warns

Ambulance trusts will not hit most of their new response time targets for “another two years” largely because of significant workforce shortages, a sector leader has told HSJ.

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Majority of pathology networks yet to agree new model

More than half of the 29 proposed pathology networks comprising acute and specialist NHS trusts have yet to agree on a model to reconfigure their laboratory services, eight months after the initial deadline passed.

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Deficit stricken CCG wants merger with neighbour to help NHS 'punch our weight'

Two clinical commissioning groups in a financially struggling health economy are proposing to merge by April next year to enable them to “punch our weight”.

Chief executive interview: Tony Spotswood, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust

This is the latest in a series of interviews with provider chief executives, which are available exclusively to HSJ Membership subscribers. Each month in 2018 a member of the HSJ expert team will conduct a challenging, candid and in-depth interview with a provider trust boss.


Troubled STP appoints high profile chair

A high profile regulator and quango chief has been appointed as the new independent chair of a troubled health economy.


CCG U-turn on life-saving care to vulnerable patient after legal challenge

A clinical commissioning group has reversed a decision to pull life saving support from a vulnerable patient, after his lawyers argued the commissioner was breaching the Equality Act.


Three hospital trusts to form alliance

Three acute trusts in the South West have agreed to form a hospital alliance focusing on identifying gaps in workforce and capital across the region.

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Trust's integration with social enterprise raises merger prospects

An acute hospital trust could merge with a social enterprise company that provides community, mental health and social care services, HSJ has learned.


Four new 'integrated care systems' named

Four new “integrated care systems” have been named by NHS England and NHS Improvement, as they continue to “finalise the details” of a financial regime for the existing ten ICS.