Birmingham and Solihull ICS


Patient experience is often ‘horrendously poor’ admits trust CEO


A trust chief executive has warned of the “dire” economic challenge facing his system, saying children and young people are already facing “horrendously poor” experiences due to dependency on out of area beds.

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CEO interview: Richard Kirby, CEO of Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust


This is the latest in a series of interviews with provider chief executives, which are available exclusively to HSJ Insight subscribers.


Trust’s leadership downgraded to ‘inadequate’


A teaching trust’s leadership has been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission, as inspectors warned of a “genuine fear” of speaking up and staff feeling unsafe from bullying, sexual harassment, misogyny, and racism.

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Revealed: The investment funds diverted to shore up NHSE accounts


HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get back in the black. By finance correspondent Henry Anderson.

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National director leaves for exec role at teaching trust


NHS England’s director of urgent and emergency care is joining a major teaching trust as its chief operating officer.

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Junior doctors being subjected to ‘public humiliation’, says trust boss


A hospital chief has warned colleagues of ‘significant behavioural concerns’ reported by junior doctors, including ‘undermining by public humiliation’.

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Trust reviewing bed capacity after three patient deaths


A coroner has warned a trust in the West Midlands for the third time about bed shortages, after three patient deaths which he believes are linked.


Trust reports two ‘never events’ in area already under review for errors


A teaching trust has reported six ‘never events’ in less than two months, including incidents in a specialty already under review for errors.

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High profile director hired by trust to lead recovery from scandal


A trust which has been at the centre of a series of scandals over the last year has appointed a former regional director as its group chief medical officer.

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HSJ Awards 2023: NHS Race Equality Award



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Recovery Watch: The trusts slipping the most on PM’s pledge


Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.

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Exclusive: Government and NHS in talks over £1bn funding gap


Government is in talks with national NHS leaders over how to fill an urgent funding gap of at least £1bn this financial year, HSJ has learned, as new analysis shows all 42 local integrated care systems were behind their own plans less than halfway through 2023-24.

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Trust staff ‘disrespected’ and ‘pushed beyond their capacity’, review concludes


A review which captured the views of thousands of staff at one of the largest NHS trusts has found many feel ‘unsupported, disrespected and pushed beyond their capacity’.


Police dropping most mental health calls ‘could cost NHS £260m’


The national rollout of a new policing model scaling back officers’ responses to mental health incidents could cost the NHS around £260m, a trust chief executive has told MPs.


Exec clear-out at teaching trust revealed


A major teaching trust confirmed an overhaul of its executive team today, including the sudden announcement that its chief medical officer is leaving.


‘Insecure’ junior medics ‘crying every day’ in ‘chaotic’ department


Delays in patient care and a lack of consultant support have left junior medics fearing for their mental health, an NHS England investigation has discovered.


Challenged trust fails to complete ‘hospital CEOs’ recruitment


A struggling teaching trust has appointed three new executives, but failed to recruit two hospital-level CEOs as planned, HSJ has learned.

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All but two ICSs publish new five-year plans


All but two integrated care systems have published new five-year ‘forward plans’, setting out how they will attempt to recover health services, improve health and wellbeing and mitigate inequalities.

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CQC to inspect first ICSs this summer


The Care Quality Commission has revealed the first two integrated care systems that it will inspect, as part of a pilot, this summer.

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Revealed: First ICS digital maturity ratings


HSJ  can reveal the first ratings given to every integrated care system for the ‘digital maturity’ of its NHS providers.