Lincolnshire ICS


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.

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.

Hospital beds

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.

Dave West 2023

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.

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.

Maz Fosh

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.


Trusts adopt ‘group model’


NHS leaders in Lincolnshire have committed to bringing two of the county’s three trusts together in a “group” model.

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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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.

Andrew Morgan July 2019

CEO who took trust out of special measures to step down


An acute trust CEO has announced he is stepping down from full-time work next year, after a 42-year stint in the NHS.

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Six systems pulled up by NHSE over poor cancer diagnosis performance


NHS England has demanded recovery plans from six systems with a poor record on delivering urgent cancer checks.


Exclusive: NHSE halts ‘pioneer’ health centres due to lack of capital


A national plan to build new ‘super’ primary care hubs in six areas has been halted with immediate effect by NHS England because of a lack of capital funding.

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.

Chris Higgins

Celebrated service closes six years after opening


The closure of a much-celebrated mental health unit just six years after it opened demonstrates the struggle trusts have faced in utilising new investment into the sector, a local leader said.

Money, finance and accounts

NHSE rejects ‘unacceptable’ ICS deficit


NHS England has expressed ‘significant disappointment’ over the finances of an integrated care system and extended its regime of ‘mandated oversight’.

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ICS sinks to £35m deficit and asks permission to revise forecast


Lincolnshire’s health system has requested permission from NHS England to report a financial deficit at the end of the year, after warning its budgets will be overspent by £35m by the end of November.


Every ICS on course to bust their agency spending cap


Internal NHS data suggests every integrated care system is set to bust the caps placed on their agency spending, many by over 50 per cent.

Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS FT

Hospital’s ‘consistently high’ mortality rate under investigation


NHS England and local system leaders are looking into “consistently high” mortality rates over the last two years at an acute hospital after previous reviews failed to find an explanation, an integrated care board meeting was told this week.

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Huge variation in referrals to flagship ‘urgent response’ service


Groundbreaking new data on community services appears to show enormous variation between areas in the number of referrals for a ‘two-hour urgent response’ being recorded.