Cheshire and Merseyside ICS

Jane Tomkinson

Trust reviews leadership options as CEO leaves for scandal-hit neighbour


A scandal-hit acute trust has appointed the long-serving leader of a specialist provider as its substantive chief executive.

Mersey Care FT

Cost improvement plans will not solve the NHS’s financial crisis


The current NHS ‘cost improvement model’ is not sufficient to meet financial constraints, but an allocative efficiency approach being applied at Mersey Care Foundation Trust offers hope, its leaders argue

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Can region justify its outlying workforce numbers?


Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

ruth robertson 3x2

Tackling healthcare inequality does not mean prioritising the poor


Ruth Robertson highlights how tackling inequalities in waiting lists calls for inclusivity in addressing disparities amid the growing backlog

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Criticising your own team’s a risky tactic


Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Trust backed into corner as strikes escalate


Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

Computer data

Population health tools and new pathways are helping Cheshire and Merseyside support those most at risk of fuel poverty.


In response to the UK’s rising fuel poverty crisis, a collaborative initiative in Cheshire and Merseyside utilises data-driven strategies to identify and assist vulnerable individuals, making a meaningful impact on their lives and setting a precedent for broader implementation in the region

Countess of chester

Police investigate trust for corporate manslaughter


Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust is being investigated for corporate manslaughter following Lucy Letby’s conviction for murdering babies while working on its neonatal unit.

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.

Hospital beds

Revealed: the ICSs where delayed discharge rates have doubled in a year


More than half of integrated care systems have managed to cut their rates of delayed discharges this year, but performance worsened in 16 ICSs.

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: ‘We are being watched’


Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

James Sumner headshot

Two trusts move to shared leadership model


The leadership of a specialist trust in Liverpool is set to be taken over by the chief executive of the city’s main acute provider.

Countess of chester

CQC under scrutiny for praising trust during Letby murder spree


The Care Quality Commission has come under scrutiny for its praise of Countess of Chester Hospital during the period when neonatal nurse Lucy Letby has been found to have murdered several babies.


Revealed: How trust execs resisted concerns over Letby


Trust bosses questioned the integrity of doctors who first raised concerns about a nurse who has now been convicted of murdering seven babies, and forced the medics to apologise to her, an HSJ investigation has established.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Doctors accuse trust of ‘disrespect’ after ‘massive’ underpayment of wages


A row has broken out between a teaching trust and the British Medical Association after it emerged more than hundred doctors had been underpaid by ‘massive’ amounts over the last decade.

Rate card map

Revealed: The trusts offering ‘BMA rates’ to doctors covering strikes


Around a quarter of acute trusts paid consultants premium rates to provide strike cover during the first two junior doctors’ walkouts, broadly matching the pay levels demanded by the British Medical Association’s ‘rate card’, HSJ research has found.

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.

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: NHSE’s handling of Christie whistleblowing case faces judicial review


Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

Digital awards 2023 logo

HSJ Digital Awards 2023: Supporting Elective Recovery Through Digital


WINNER: Cheshire and Merseyside ICS and C2-Ai: Globally Unique AI-Backed System Supporting Prioritisation Based on Clinical Risk, Reducing Emergency Admissions by 8 Per Cent and saving 125 Bed Days Per 1,000 Patients