Kent and Medway ICS

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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.

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.

Niall Dickson

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.

Tracey Fletcher

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.

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.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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.


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.

Money, finance and accounts

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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Trust’s two maternity units rated ‘inadequate’


Standards of care at a trust at the centre of a baby deaths scandal have declined further, with both maternity units now being rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.

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ICB sends trust five safety warnings in six weeks


An integrated care board has sent multiple warnings to a local trust, highlighting ‘serious issues’ with the safety and quality of care provided.

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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.

David Dalton

Former number one CEO called in by NHSE to help struggling trust


A former trust chief executive who led his organisation to two consecutive ‘outstanding’ ratings has been drafted in to help a trust hit by a maternity scandal and performance issues.

Money, finance and accounts

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.


ICSs which ‘play the game’ offered extra funding


NHS England is offering extra revenue funding to systems that commit to hold their financial positions for 2022-23 at an agreed level, HSJ  has learned.

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Region gets first top-tier acute trust


A Kent general acute trust has become the first in its region to be rated in the top tier of NHS England’s oversight framework, and only the seventh nationally.

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A&E promoted from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’


The Care Quality Commission has improved the rating of a long-struggling A&E from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, as part of a system-wide inspection of urgent and emergency services


Reconfiguration greenlighted by Javid faces 12-month delay


A contentious reconfiguration of stroke services which has already suffered years of delays now faces a further setback, after commissioners declared another review of the scheme.


Mortuary abuse inquiry suggests contractors’ criminal checks could be shared with trusts


Contractors could be required to provide trusts with the findings of criminal records checks on their employees, an update from Michael inquiry into mortuary security has suggested.


Mortuary assaults trust struggled to carry out regular criminal records checks


The HR department at a trust where a maintenance man molested bodies in the hospital’s mortuary has struggled to carry out regular criminal records checks on staff, according to a paper discussed by the trust’s board.


Revealed: the underserved areas losing more GPs


Several areas that already had low numbers of GPs in the middle of the last decade have seen some of the largest declines over the past six years, HSJ analysis reveals.