North East and North Cumbria ICS


Lack of collaboration a factor in failed bids for new hospital, says CEO


The lack of collaboration with a neighbour was a factor in a trust being overlooked for capital investment to rebuild an acute hospital, its chief executive has suggested.

Computer data

Newly installed EPR contributed to A&E death, warns coroner


A newly installed electronic patient record contributed to the “preventable” death of a 31-year-old woman in an emergency department, a trust has been warned.

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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.

Money, finance and accounts

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.

Dame Jackie Daniel

Trust’s leadership rating cut from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’ amid nepotism claims


A major hospital trust’s leadership rating has dropped from “outstanding” to “inadequate” after staff described a culture of “nepotism” where bullying was “commonplace”.

Dame Jackie Daniel

Major trust’s ‘outstanding’ rating suspended after well-led review


An ‘outstanding’ hospital trust has had its Care Quality Commission rating suspended, in a rare step by the regulator, due to ‘significant discrepancies’ between the current assessment and findings at a recent inspection.

data network puzzle

ICB chiefs urged to join campaign to build confidence in £480m data platform


The growing campaign to build support for NHS England’s controversial Federated Data Platform ahead of the announcement of which supplier has secured the £480m operating contract is attempting to win the support of integrated care board chief executives, HSJ has learned.

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.

Darren Best

Former policeman to chair ‘outstanding’ trust


A former police officer has been announced as the new chair of a major mental health trust.

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.

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.

sam allen

Region trapped in ‘vicious circle’ as NHS ‘incentivises poor performance’, says ICS chief


People in the North East of England are being trapped in a ‘vicious circle of ill health’ due to national funding structures which ‘incentivise’ poorly performing areas, according to the chief executive of the largest commissioning board.

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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.


Revealed: The integrated care partnerships with no public meetings or minutes


Six integrated care systems have not held any public meetings of their ‘partnership’ boards – and nine have not published any ICP meetings or papers – nearly a year after they were set up.

Emily Moore

More prosecutions launched over patient deaths at trust


A scandal-hit mental health trust is facing further prosecutions over alleged care failings relating to the deaths of two inpatients, HSJ can reveal.

Trudie Davies

Acute trust appoints new CEO


An acute trust in the North East has appointed a new chief executive.

The new Northumbria hospital

Building firm agrees £100m settlement for hospital ‘defects’


A construction firm has agreed to pay around £100m to an NHS trust after structural defects were found at one of its hospitals, HSJ understands.


Vulnerable patients injured by 'inadequate' service


A troubled trust’s inpatient wards for people with a learning disability or autism have been rated “inadequate”, with staff criticised for resorting to restraint too readily which sometimes injured patients.


Lawyers warned trust that staff could ‘pick and choose’ documents for coroners


An ambulance trust accused of withholding key evidence from coroners was previously warned its staff needed training to ‘understand the real risk of committing criminal offences’ in relation to inquests into patient deaths.

sam allen

‘Life threatening’ risk to clinically vulnerable after firms disconnect energy supply, warns NHS chief


A senior NHS leader has warned of a “life-threatening” situation in which clinically vulnerable people are being admitted to hospital after having their energy supplies disconnected.