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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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Revealed: The investment funds diverted to shore up NHSE accounts


HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get back in the black. By finance correspondent Henry Anderson.

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.


The importance of integration to making virtual wards work


To ensure virtual wards succeed, they shouldn’t be seen as another new service but should be viewed as part of the existing ecosystem – not just in acute trusts, but across the whole ICB, writes Jardine Barrington-Cook


Trusts ‘pause’ merger of exec teams


Two hospital trusts with a combined turnover of nearly £3bn have “paused” plans to merge their executive director teams.

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Revealed: The ICBs paying a third of care home bills late


Several commissioning boards have been routinely failing to pay the money they owe to care homes in a timely fashion.

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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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Hospital violence ‘going through the roof’, says CEO


A London acute trust is planning to provide staff working in frailty units with body cameras and those in antenatal clinics with additional security, as violence and aggression against them goes ‘through the roof’.

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‘Outstanding’ hospital CEO to leave after 18 months


An acute trust chief executive is retiring next spring after a year-and-a-half in post.


Single ‘group’ team will run seven hospitals


Two major trusts have announced they will move to a single executive team and board over the next 18 months, across the seven hospitals they operate.

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Manager called colleague a ‘megabitch’ in alleged ‘campaign of bullying’, review finds


An external review has found that two managers at a mental health trust should answer allegations they bullied and victimised a colleague.

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‘No alternative’ to paying more to struggling provider, ICB admits


An integrated care board has no ‘viable alternative’ to persisting with a contract for several struggling urgent treatment centres, and paying more for them to try to hire more staff, it has decided.

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.


ICS calls in turnaround director after plunging £70m into the red


An integrated care system has brought in a financial turnaround director after racking up an unplanned deficit of more than £70m in the first five months of the 2023-24 financial year.


Mental Health Matters: Child’s death highlights expectation vs reality gap on suicide


HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector, by correspondent Emily Townsend — contact me in confidence.

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Every acute in ICS to use the same EPR after £44m deal


One of the last trusts in London to move away from paper records has named Oracle Cerner as its preferred electronic patient record supplier in a 10-year deal worth £44m.

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‘We had too few managers’ says chief who is improving ‘worst A&E’


The chief of the trust which has consistently propped up England’s four-hour table has told HSJ about the importance of having enough managers, after the provider moved out of the bottom 10 performers on the target.

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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.


‘Shocking’ A&E with ‘police everywhere you look’ must be solved, says director


A former national director has expressed her shock at visiting an accident and emergency department struggling with record numbers of mental health patients accompanied by police officers, and warned the issue needs an “absolute solution” from the area’s mental health trusts.

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‘Outstanding’ trust names interim chief


East London Foundation Trust has named an interim chief executive, following the departure of her predecessor to lead its neighbour.