Northamptonshire ICS


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”.

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.

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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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.

Money, finance and accounts

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.

Alan burns

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.

Money, finance and accounts

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.

Naomi Eisenstadt

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.


Virgin Care boss appointed CEO of mental health provider


The chief executive of the business formerly known as Virgin Care has been appointed CEO of a large independent mental health provider.


ICSs set for £1bn+ gap in first year despite new money


Local systems face a financial gap of more than £1bn in 2022-23, even after factoring in additional inflation funding provided by NHS England last week.

Kettering general hospital

Police drop inquiries into alleged manipulation of waiting list


Police have dropped a case against a Midlands trust which was accused of manipulating its waiting lists.

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Named: the first 25 integrated care board chairs


The chairs have been chosen for 25 of the 42 NHS integrated care boards which will plan health services from April.

Heidi Smoult

Senior CQC inspector appointed hospital CEO


A Care Quality Commission deputy chief inspector has been appointed hospital chief executive at an East Midlands trust.

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High covid vaccine uptake in nearly all CCGs


There has been very high uptake of the covid vaccine among those aged 70 and over in nearly all parts of England, new figures from NHS England suggest.


Revealed: huge local variation in covid vaccination rates


Just a third of people aged 80 and over have received the covid vaccine in one part of England, compared to four out of five in the area with the highest rate, new NHS England figures have revealed.