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Trust reviewing harm to 175 patients after referrals breakdown

An acute trust has apologised after nearly 1,000 patients, almost 200 of which were urgent cases, faced delays due to a breakdown of referral systems.

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Revealed: Beds for children hit ‘crisis point’ amid covid demand surge

Availability of inpatient child and adolescent mental health services beds — particularly for eating disorders — has reached ‘crisis point’, with young people left waiting on a standard paediatric ward or at home as demand surged during the covid pandemic.

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Leading ICS’ governance seen as ‘repetitive, complex and burdensome’

A leading integrated care system’s governance was viewed as “repetitive, overly complex and burdensome,” an independent review has found.


HSJ’s 10 most read workforce stories of 2020

The importance of NHS staff was underlined during the pandemic, but many were strained like never before – here is a rundown of HSJ’s most read workforce stories for this year


Shouting, screaming and microaggressions uncovered at NHS organisation

A review of a clinical commissioning group has discovered “microaggressions and insensitivities” towards Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff, and the use of derogatory slurs about other groups.

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Leadership Q&A: Surrey Heartlands

The joint executive director for Adult Social Care and Integrated Commissioning is a key role both for the local authority and for health, says Surrey County Council’s chief executive Joanna Killian

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: MSK Care Initiative of the Year

Ten million people in the UK suffer pain and/or disability from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Enabling Self-management & Coping with Arthritis Pain using Exercise, ESCAPE-pain, is a rehabilitation programme that combines education, self-management strategies and exercise.

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Exclusive: Review launched after ‘injustices suffered by BAME staff’

A clinical commissioning group has ordered an independent review of its culture after what is described as “injustices experienced by black Asian and minority ethic colleagues” during the covid pandemic.

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Exclusive: U-turn on mass expansion of covid care units as no funding available

Plans for a mass expansion of rehabilitation beds in new “Seacole centres” have been scrapped, with local leaders now told there is no capital funding to build them.

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Council seeks to block hospital rebuild backed by PM

A council is urging Matt Hancock to call in a decision to build a new specialist emergency care hospital as part of a major £500m project backed by the prime minister.


Location picked for new PM-backed hospital

The location of a new specialist emergency care hospital, which is part of a £500m project and one of six hospital rebuilds pledged by the prime minister, has been agreed by local leaders.

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CCG chief seconded to NHS England

The chief officer of the clinical commissioning group at the heart of a first-wave integrated care system is leaving to work for NHS England and Improvement.


New CCG starts work with £62m deficit

A newly formed clinical commissioning group is starting work with a £62m deficit from last year.

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HSJ’s 10 most read integration and system change stories of 2019

As we come to the closing days of 2019, HSJ reveals its most read stories on integration and system change for the year.


Revealed: Additional payments push senior payoffs above NHS limit

Several senior staff at clinical commissioning groups have left with payments above the £160,000 cap as their redundancy payoffs are being topped off with payments in lieu.

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Virgin Care hires former NHS regulator boss

David Bennett, the former boss of the competition regulator Monitor, has been appointed chair of Virgin Care, HSJ has learned.

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Virgin Care and NHS partner win £85m contract

Virgin Care and an NHS provider have won an £85m joint community services project.


Four CCGs plan merger next year

Four clinical commissioning groups are consulting on plans to create a single organisation covering an integrated care system.

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Revealed: Two regions dominate rankings for late cancer diagnosis

Just two regions account for nine of the 10 worst performing clinical commissioning groups for late detection of cancer, according to official data.

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Long-stalled hospital rebuild moves to next stage

A hospital reconfiguration project stalled for roughly 16 years is a step closer to being realised after commissioners and clinicians across regional boundaries signed off a joint business case.