North East London ICS

Louise Ashley-931

‘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.

newham centre for m h hackman_130322_MG_5601

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.

Contract 3x2

‘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.

Matthew Trainer Chief Executive

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.

Matthew Trainer Chief Executive

‘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.

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.


‘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.

Lorraine Sunduza

‘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.

Computer stethoscope 3 x 2

GPs should lose ‘sole patient data controller’ role, says NHSE chief


The government should ‘relieve’ GP practices of being the sole controller for their patients’ data, a senior NHS England director has said.

Ben Clover 2023

London Eye: Trusts wobble on consultant pay demand


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


ICSs most ‘off target’ on recovery named by NHS England


Seven integrated care systems and one ambulance trust have been placed in ‘intensive support’ because of their performance against urgent and emergency care metrics.

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.

Mobile phone

ICB defies NHSE over patient record access


An integrated care board has advised its GP practices not to give patients automatic access to their records, contradicting NHS England national requirements.

Ben Clover 2023

London Eye: What’s in Caroline Clarke’s in-tray?


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

Ben Clover 2023

London Eye: ‘Culture of impunity’


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

Mobile phone

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.