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CEO interview: Meghana Pandit, chief executive, Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust


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

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NHSE ‘treads tightrope’ with new cash bailout for deficit ICSs


NHS England is set to give around £650m to some health systems to offset financial deficits and ease cash pressures, HSJ has learned.


Councils and the NHS can ‘level up locally’ together


Rachael Shimmin, Buckinghamshire Council’s chief executive, sets out how local government and NHS leaders collaborating can “level up” local inequalities in prosperity and health.

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Nearly a third of ICSs admit finance plans will be missed


At least 13 integrated care systems have now admitted they will miss the financial plans they signed up for at the start of the year.

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HSJ’s 10 most-read integration stories of 2023


As 2023 turns into 2024, we look at the integration stories which climbed their way up the most-read list this year

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Core bed numbers fall in seven systems, despite NHSE plan


The number of ‘core’ acute beds has fallen in seven health systems since the summer, according to official sitrep data.

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The Integrator: Baby steps again on specialised services


Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by deputy editor Dave West.

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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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ICS accused of imposing ‘woefully low’ overtime pay


An integrated care system’s new overtime ‘rate card’ has sparked a furious response from doctors who warned the “woefully under-market value” rates were directly undermining efforts to ensure safe staffing.

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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.


Trust names interim CEO


A mental health trust has named a managing director as its interim chief executive while the substantive post-holder is on secondment at the local integrated care board.

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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.

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ICSs get ‘significantly harder’ savings target of 6pc


NHS organisations will have to make average efficiency savings of almost 6 per cent to meet their financial requirements this year, a report suggests, which is significantly higher than the levels demanded before the pandemic.

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Trust CEO named as interim ICB chief


Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board has appointed its third chief executive, and second interim, since it was established last July.

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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.

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HSJ Podcast: The NHS’s latest PFI problem


A legal battle has erupted between a hospital trust and bank-backed PFI company over fire safety and payment refusals. We discuss why the case has potentially wider implications for other NHS trusts.

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ICB chair on ‘extended leave’ amid leadership turmoil


An integrated care board’s chair is on a ‘period of extended leave’, amid wider concerns about unstable leadership, poor relationships and staff dissatisfaction at the organisation, HSJ  can reveal.

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Revealed: the 14 ICSs admitting they will end the year in deficit


At least 14 integrated care systems have now officially admitted they will end the year with a budget deficit, after just five areas said this at the start of the year.


Medicines blackout threatens ICS prevention target


The government’s target for England to become smoke-free by 2030 – which integrated care systems are expected to pursue – is being undermined by the unavailability of two smoking cessation medicines.