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Dave West 2023

The Integrator: The only way is reconfiguration


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.

data network puzzle

ICB chiefs urged to join campaign to build confidence in £480m data platform


The growing campaign to build support for NHS England’s controversial Federated Data Platform ahead of the announcement of which supplier has secured the £480m operating contract is attempting to win the support of integrated care board chief executives, HSJ has learned.


New Pilot to improve cancer outcomes and tackle inequalities launches in Dorset


NHS England InHIP programme, Dorset Integrated Care System Cancer Programme, NHS Dorset, Wessex AHSN, and Wessex Cancer Alliance partner with C the Signs to take an innovative approach to improve cancer outcomes and tackle inequalities across Dorset

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.

cyber security

Trust sent domestic abuse victim’s address to ex-partner, says regulator


A trust has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office for exposing a domestic abuse victim to risk by disclosing their address to an ex-partner.

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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.

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.

Mobile phone

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.

Patricia Miller

NHSE treats me like ‘a band 7’ says ICB chief


An outspoken integrated care board leader has criticised NHS England’s micromanagement, adding that it was ‘not in the make-up’ of some healthcare chiefs to collaborate.

Finance report paperwork management office

Thirty-five ICSs publish first ‘integrated care strategies’


Seven integrated care systems have not yet published a version of their integrated care strategy, despite government setting a deadline of the end of 2022 to do so.

Patricia Miller

NHS must improve efficiency before asking for more money, claims ICS chief executive


An ICS chief has said the NHS workforce crisis is not the result of a ‘funding issue’ but caused by an inefficient use of resources.

Matthew Bryant

Trusts appoint joint CEO


Two coastal trusts embarking on a new leadership model have appointed a joint chief executive.

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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.

Dorset County Hospital

‘Outstanding’ trust to share CEO and chair


An “outstanding” mental health trust will share a joint chief executive and chair with an acute trust covering the same patch, it has been announced.

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Revealed: The 10 ICSs which account for two-thirds of two-year waits


HSJ analysis of NHS England data has revealed the systems which are the furthest away from the target of eliminating all two-year waits for treatment by the end of July.

Patricia Miller 3x2

New ICS chief: ‘I’m being managed in a straitjacket’


A new system leader has said she has felt like she is ‘in a straitjacket’ since being in the post, and asked for greater acknowledgement that ‘I might actually know what I’m doing’.

Homeless homeslessness poverty inequalities

Revealed: The top-performing ICSs defying deprivation challenges


A cluster of integrated care systems across the North of England has bucked the trend to deliver successful integration schemes and better patient outcomes despite high levels of deprivation, new analysis has found.

Patricia Miller 3x2

First three ICS chief executives announced


Designate chief executives have been announced for three NHS integrated care boards, the first to be named ahead of integrated care systems being put on a statutory footing next year.


Long-standing chief executive announces retirement


A long-standing chief executive has announced her retirement after 20 years at the helm of NHS organisations.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Trust’s ‘new hospital’ bid replaced with upgraded unit


The government has downgraded an acute trust’s hospital redevelopment plan, HSJ can reveal.