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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.


ICB chair steps down due to health reasons


An integrated care board chair has announced he will step down this spring after an extended period of ill health.

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Core bed numbers fall in seven systems, despite NHSE plan


The number of ‘core’ acute beds has fallen in seven health systems since the summer, according to official sitrep data.

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Hospital chief on long-term absence after ‘group’ move


The hospital chief executive which last month moved to shared leadership with a neighouring trust is on long-term absence, and may not be returning to the role, HSJ understands. 


ICB withdraws offer of ‘festive shopping day’ for staff


Staff at a Midlands integrated care board were offered an extra day holiday in December to go “festive shopping”, but the plan was then cancelled because of “escalating pressures”.

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The Integrator: Baby steps again on specialised services


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.

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Two ICBs appoint CEOs


A integrated care board has appointed its chief nursing officer as interim chief executive, while another ICB has made its interim CEO substantive.


Joint CEO for trusts with £2bn turnover


A joint chief executive has been appointed across three acute trusts in the East Midlands in the next stage of their “formal collaboration”.

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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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The Integrator: The race to the neighbourhood NHS


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.

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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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HSJ Digital Awards 2023: Replicating Digital Best Practice Award


WINNER: Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board and Spirit Health: From Pilots to Pioneering Partnerships: Scaling up Virtual Wards to Transform Care Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICS

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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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Waiting list hits new record high as attention shifts to 65-week breaches


The NHS waiting list hit a record 7.3 million incomplete pathways in March, according to new official data, as trust bosses gear up to clear the circa 95,000 patients who have waited over 65 weeks.

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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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More than half of ICSs lack ‘crucial’ health management systems


More than half of integrated care systems do not have a fully developed population health management system, despite this being a ‘core aim’, HSJ  can reveal.

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New chair will ‘reset group model’ across three trusts


Three Midlands hospital trusts with a combined turnover of more than £2bn are moving to share a single chair, who wants to drive further collaboration and partnership between them, HSJ  can reveal.

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Second ICS chief departs


The chief executive of an integrated care system has announced he will retire later this year, becoming only the second ICS chief to depart since they were created.

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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.


Trust loses ‘unprecedented’ £1m legal challenge against council


An acute trust has lost an ‘unprecedented’ judicial review in which it tried to secure almost £1m from a council to offset the demand pressure from thousands of new homes.