North West London ICS

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.

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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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Provider fined record £1.5m over patient death


A private healthcare provider has been ordered to pay more than £1.5m – the largest fine issued for such a case – after pleading guilty in a criminal prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission over an inpatient’s death.

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ICB hands urgent treatment centres to trusts after ending firm’s contract


An integrated care board has handed the operation of six urgent treatment centres to trusts after terminating a private provider’s contract.

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Trust apologises to dozens of families after harm to children


A hospital trust has apologised to families after dozens of children suffered hearing loss following failures in their care.

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All but two ICSs publish new five-year plans


All but two integrated care systems have published new five-year ‘forward plans’, setting out how they will attempt to recover health services, improve health and wellbeing and mitigate inequalities.

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.

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Embattled firm blames ‘onerous’ NHS contracts


A private firm which ceased running four NHS urgent treatment centres earlier this year has claimed it was due to “onerous” terms and expectations in the face of rising demand.

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London Eye: Trusts wobble on consultant pay demand


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

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


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

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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.

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London Eye: The Lloyds Bank £56m


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

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System hires extra senior managers in bid to save £43m


A new procurement collaboration is hiring multiple new senior managers as part of a system-wide operating model aiming to save £43m over five years.

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Thirty-five ICSs publish first ‘integrated care strategies’


Seven integrated care systems have not yet published a version of their integrated care strategy, despite government setting a deadline of the end of 2022 to do so.

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Delayed discharges rise in 17 ICSs despite Barclay’s £250m fund


A high-profile £250m government intervention to free up hospital beds has so far failed to deliver any significant reduction in delayed discharges – with multiple systems instead reporting large increases.


ICS cancels four urgent treatment centre contracts after performance concerns


An integrated care system has terminated a private provider’s contract to run four urgent treatment centres following performance concerns, HSJ has been told.

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HSJ Awards 2022: Digitising Patient Care Award



London Ambulance Service

Review launched into ‘inaccurate’ ambulance data


An independent review has been launched into London’s ambulance response times after the introduction of a new computer system revealed it may have been underreporting them for several years.

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London Eye: Doing North Bristol here


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


Four trusts to form single ‘board in common’


North west London’s acute trusts are set to form a single “board in common” from this autumn.