Kent and Medway ICS

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Threefold ICS variation in GP phone access revealed


Patients trying to reach their GP are almost three times as likely to fail to get through in the worst-performing integrated care systems than the best, according to analysis of new annual figures. 


Trust to take on 2,500 long-waiters after buying private hospital


A trust that recently bought a small private hospital is to take on 2,500 long-waiters from across its integrated care system.

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Exclusive: NHSE begins to claw back funding from ICSs to pay off historic debts


Three-quarters of integrated care systems face funding cuts of up to £20m as a result of NHS England’s insistence they start paying back overspends from previous years, HSJ  analysis has discovered.

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Rise in ICSs missing financial plans despite NHSE claim more would deliver


The number of health systems that failed to meet their main financial commitment increased substantially last year, despite NHS England’s chief finance officer previously saying many more areas would “definitely” deliver on their plans.

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Revealed: ‘Postcode lottery’ for £645m recovery programme


There is a seven-fold variation between integrated care systems in the uptake of a flagship government primary care access scheme, data has revealed.


Former hospital chief to chair second trust


A former trust chief executive has been appointed chair of a second trust in the South East.

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Recovery Watch: The ICBs on the slide against the main elective target


Recovering services from the covid crisis is a big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.


Pharma exec named chair of high-performing trust


A new chair has been appointed at one of England’s best performing trusts.


Revealed: One in seven callers could not reach GP in worst-performing ICS


People attempting to contact their GP practice are almost three times as likely to report failing to get through in some integrated care systems than others, according to NHS England-commissioned data.

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Trust takes over private hospital


A successful acute trust has bought a private hospital for just under £10m to increase elective capacity.


Six ICBs require staff to work from office at least one day per week


Six integrated care boards have policies which require hybrid working staff to be in the office either one or two days per week.

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ICB pauses work on new stroke unit after ‘assurance’ concerns


A decade-long bid to establish a hyper-acute stroke unit has been delayed further after commissioners raised “assurance” concerns.

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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.


NHSE acts as performance deteriorates in five systems


Five integrated care systems face escalations in central scrutiny and support following “deterioration” against key urgent and emergency care targets.

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Autistic patient trapped in hospital ward for four months due to system failures


Two young people facing mental health crises were left on paediatric wards for months while different agencies across a health system struggled to find appropriate placements.

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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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FT chair takes period of absence


The chair of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Niall Dickson, has taken a voluntary period of absence, with his deputy standing in, HSJ  has learned.

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CEO warns of £120m deficit and tells staff ‘position must change’


A trust chief executive has warned it is on course for a £120m deficit, which would breach the financial plan agreed with NHS England by around £50m.

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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.

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Trust seeks hundreds of millions for refurbishment after ‘new hospital’ rejection


A trust which was promised a new hospital by Boris Johnson faces bills of hundreds of millions of pounds to keep its services safe after it failed to get any funding through the new hospitals programme.