Black Country ICS

David Loughton

40-year CEO chooses not to ‘keep going forever’


A group CEO who is one of the longest-serving leaders in the NHS is retiring after four decades as a chief executive.

Money, finance and accounts

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.

Exec paybill rose to £800k despite trust being deemed ‘too small’


A new NHS trust deemed ‘too small’ after taking on just £24m worth of services has reported a significant increase in spending on its executive team.

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‘Great’ trust seen as ‘insular and dismissive of integration’


A “great” ambulance trust’s “uncompromising” focus on outcomes and its own performance has been a barrier to system working and affected relationships with partners, an external review has advised it.

Digital innovation

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.


Pioneering trust facing last-ditch talks as merger bid fails


Local NHS bosses are holding last-ditch talks over the future of a trust which was supposed to hold a ‘landmark’ integrated care contract worth £360m, after efforts to merge it with other organisations failed, HSJ has learned.

Money, finance and accounts

Revealed: the ICSs that refused to set breakeven plans


More than half the integrated care systems in the north of England have refused to agree a balanced financial plan, HSJ has learned.

Julian Kelly

Third of ICSs fail to set balanced budgets


A total of 14 integrated care systems are forecasting a combined deficit of £650m in 2023-24, NHS England’s chief finance officer said on Thursday.

West midlands

Staff suspended after ‘sleeping in patient’s bed’


Staff were suspended by their trust after they were found to have been sleeping in a patient’s bed, a Care Quality Commission report has revealed.

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Revealed: the tenfold regional difference in access to GP records


Fewer than one in 10 GP practices offers patients access to their records in several areas of England, with significant variation across England, six months ahead of a new deadline.


Revealed: The integrated care partnerships with no public meetings or minutes


Six integrated care systems have not held any public meetings of their ‘partnership’ boards – and nine have not published any ICP meetings or papers – nearly a year after they were set up.


Former NHSE chief named chair of two more trusts


A former NHS chief executive is taking the helm at two more acute trusts in the West Midlands, it has been announced.

Steve Field

Chair retires after contentious trust takeover


The joint chair of two Midlands hospitals is stepping down after a four-year term.


‘Landmark’ integrated trust faces axe


Health leaders in the Midlands are considering winding down or merging an NHS trust that was supposed to hold a ‘landmark’ integrated care contract worth £360m, according to trust papers.

Money, finance and accounts

Revealed: Impact of new payment tariff on every local system


Trusts in the south of England are expected to see a lower rate of income growth under the planned new payment tariff for 2023-24.

EU data

NHSE estimates mortality rate for autistic people is 51pc higher


Autistic people in England who do not also have a learning disability are approximately 51 per cent more likely to die in a single year compared to the general population, according to a leaked document which estimates the mortality rate for the first time.

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Six ICS chiefs to lead regional decision-making group


Six integrated care boards across the West Midlands are proposing to establish a joint committee of chief executives to make shared decisions on key issues impacting the region, it has emerged.

GP receptionist

Revealed: Best and worst areas for GP patient satisfaction


Analysis of a major patient survey suggests wide variation between GP services in different health systems.

NHS 111

Ambulance trust to hand back key NHS 111 contract


An ambulance trust which took on running NHS 111 services to provide consistent care quality is handing back a major contract for the service.

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Former NHSE chief made chair of two trusts


Two acute trusts in the Black Country are to share a former NHS England chief executive as their joint chair.