Northamptonshire ICS

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ICB sued over ‘conflict’ in £40m contract award


An integrated care board has denied its officials had conflicts of interest when awarding a £40m contract to run an urgent care centre, according to papers filed with the High Court in London.


Revealed: One in seven callers could not reach GP in worst-performing ICS


People attempting to contact their GP practice are almost three times as likely to report failing to get through in some integrated care systems than others, according to NHS England-commissioned data.

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Revealed: The ICSs ‘diverting’ the most GP referrals through controversial model


There is huge regional variation in the rate at which health systems are preventing patients joining the elective waiting list through “advice and guidance” to GPs, according to analysis by HSJ.


Six ICBs require staff to work from office at least one day per week


Six integrated care boards have policies which require hybrid working staff to be in the office either one or two days per week.

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‘Inadequate’ hospital overturns second closure attempt


An independent mental health hospital has been rated “inadequate” in every area and put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission. 


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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Hospital chief on long-term absence after ‘group’ move


The hospital chief executive which last month moved to shared leadership with a neighouring trust is on long-term absence, and may not be returning to the role, HSJ understands. 


Joint CEO for trusts with £2bn turnover


A joint chief executive has been appointed across three acute trusts in the East Midlands in the next stage of their “formal collaboration”.

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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: 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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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.

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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.

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Trusts’ chair to leave amid CEO instability


The joint chair of two hospital trusts is to step down, just weeks after the “group” named its third CEO in four months.


Trust names third CEO in four months


A hospital group has appointed its second interim chief executive since October, after the substantive CEO went on leave for health reasons.

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Ministers approved two ICS salaries over £240,000


Ministers approved two integrated care systems’ requests to pay their chief executives more than £240,000, HSJ  can reveal.

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NHSE has too much power over managers’ careers, warns ICS boss


An integrated care board chair has said NHS England has too much power over promotions for senior managers, claiming it creates a “real problem” in incentivising ICSs to have a long-term focus on health inequalities and prevention.

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Trusts lose interim CEO three months into role


The interim chief executive of a hospital ‘group’ in the Midlands is moving to a neighbouring trust, leaving the leadership of his current organisation uncertain.