Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly ICS

Nick Carding 2023

West Country Chronicle: Trust’s concern over ‘short-term’ funding agreements


From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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.

Nick Carding 2023

West Country Chronicle: How a Nightingale hospital is, finally, the answer


From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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.

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ICS pauses roll-out of ‘unique’ joint committees after legal advice


An integrated care system has paused its implementation of unique new joint committees that sought to bridge the gap between providers and commissioner.

Nick Carding 2023

West Country Chronicle: Leadership change comes to the peninsula


From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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Troubled ICS reveals ‘first in England’ shake-up of structure


Cornwall’s commissioning board and two providers are set to delegate authority to two new joint committees in what local chiefs claim is a first-of-its-kind governance shake-up for the health service.

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.


ICSs most ‘off target’ on recovery named by NHS England


Seven integrated care systems and one ambulance trust have been placed in ‘intensive support’ because of their performance against urgent and emergency care metrics.

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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.

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ICBs employ consultancy for ‘rapid assessment’ of cost-saving opportunities


Two integrated care boards are exploring closer joint working to help them make nationally required running cost reductions.

Lizard Cornwall

ICS plans ‘integrated NHS groups’ spanning ICB and trusts


An integrated care system that has struggled with ‘strained and challenging relationships’ is exploring ‘joint constitutional committees’ spanning its integrated care board and two provider trusts.

Gareth Davies

‘Unauthorised payoffs’ made to senior staff at six NHS organisations


NHS England has been criticised by national auditors after a spate of unauthorised payoffs to departing commissioning staff, and warned that the move to integrated care boards may bring more.

Digital network data

Trusts move away from joint EPR plan


A joint electronic patient record system for acute providers across two neighbouring integrated care systems is now unlikely, according to one of the trusts involved.


NHS leaders fear ambulance strike ‘calm’ will not last


The first NHS ambulance strike for 32 years appears not to have had any major impact so far.


NHS leaders ‘filled with dread’ ahead of ambulance strike


National, system and trust leaders have told HSJ they fear for the safety of patients and the wellbeing of staff as the NHS experiences its first ambulance strike for 32 years.


ICS has ‘strained and challenging’ relationships, review finds


Relationships between commissioners, providers and the local authority in a troubled integrated care system are ‘strained and challenging’, according to an external review it commissioned.

Money, finance and accounts

Ministers approved two ICS salaries over £240,000


Ministers approved two integrated care systems’ requests to pay their chief executives more than £240,000, HSJ  can reveal.

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Revealed: ICSs with biggest discharge problems


The five integrated care systems with the most beds occupied by patients who are waiting to be discharged are all in the South West region, new figures have revealed.


Every ICS on course to bust their agency spending cap


Internal NHS data suggests every integrated care system is set to bust the caps placed on their agency spending, many by over 50 per cent.