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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. 

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ICSs where staffing has grown by a quarter revealed


The NHS increased its substantive workforce by around 18 per cent over the past four years, which was almost double the rate of increase over the previous period.


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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Trust group names nursing director as CEO


An East Midlands trust group has appointed a director of nursing as its first substantive CEO.


Revealed: The systems with a third of dental budget unspent


Nearly a third of local dental budgets are going unspent in some areas of the country, according to data obtained by HSJ.

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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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Nearly a third of ICSs admit finance plans will be missed


At least 13 integrated care systems have now admitted they will miss the financial plans they signed up for at the start of the year.

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Councils to oppose controversial emergency care shake-up


A committee representing four councils has set out “fundamental concerns” over a major reconfiguration of services across Humber and Lincolnshire.

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HSJ’s 10 most-read finance stories of 2023


As we prepare to close the book on 2023, we’re taking stock of our most-read finance stories of the year

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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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Reversal of ‘huge achievement’ as agency spending breaches £3bn


NHS trust spending on agency staff surged to £3.5bn last year, according to recently published figures.


‘Confident’ ICS released from ‘mandated support’


An integrated care system has been lifted out of the highest level of oversight by NHS England, after facing years of operational and financial challenges.


Two-year waits for community mental health services revealed for the first time


Official data published for the first time has revealed more than 24,000 children and young people are waiting almost two years to be seen by community mental health services.

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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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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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‘Chaotic’ service given ‘inadequate’ rating


A hospital maternity service has dropped two ratings to ‘inadequate’ after the Care Quality Commission warned of a ‘chaotic environment’, where leaders normalised poor practices and failed to act on safety concerns.

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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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Trust chief resigns ahead of provider joining ‘group model’


A community trust chief executive has announced she is stepping down, ahead of a new provider group being formed with a neighbouring acute.