Primary care trusts that demonstrate they are 'world-class commissioners' could be rewarded with foundation trust-style freedoms.

Health secretary Alan Johnson has been commended for backing managers' plans to reconfigure hospital services in Manchester - as Conservatives face the fallout from a row about district general hospitals.

More than£80m has been 'wasted' on inquiries into murders and manslaughters by mental health patients, a leading charity has claimed following an exclusive investigation.


Andrew Castle explains how process mapping can help managers improve patient pathways.

Ken Jarrold discusses how staff with caring responsibilities at home can inform service development.


HSJ peers through the breaks in the clouds around two once-troubled trusts.

Charlotte Santry and Victoria Vaughan report on the HSJ Challenge, which gave participants a series of hair-raising 'problems' to resolve.

Paul Gander explains why English language training opportunities that improve access to and performance in healthcare jobs are under threat.