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Threefold ICS variation in GP phone access revealed


Patients trying to reach their GP are almost three times as likely to fail to get through in the worst-performing integrated care systems than the best, according to analysis of new annual figures. 

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Exclusive: NHSE begins to claw back funding from ICSs to pay off historic debts


Three-quarters of integrated care systems face funding cuts of up to £20m as a result of NHS England’s insistence they start paying back overspends from previous years, HSJ  analysis has discovered.

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The NHS must act to prevent mentally unwell people dying from physical illnesses


Emily Gibbons discusses how trusts lead the charge in integrating mental and physical health services for better outcomes and equity, bridging gaps, and saving lives


Revealed: The ICSs furthest behind on dental access


Several integrated care systems are struggling to deliver more than half the NHS dental appointments they had hoped for in 2023-24, and all areas are lagging, figures obtained by HSJ suggest.


Revealed: The systems with a third of dental budget unspent


Nearly a third of local dental budgets are going unspent in some areas of the country, according to data obtained by HSJ.

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Exclusive: Rise in ‘free births’ raised with government and regulators


National leaders have been alerted to the risks from growing numbers of women choosing to give birth without midwifery or medical input – known as “free birthing” – HSJ can reveal.


London gets well over ‘fair share’ of specialised services while rural areas miss out


People in some more rural areas are missing out on specialist treatments they should be getting, while Londoners are receiving a lot more than their “fair share”, new NHS England figures suggest.

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Core bed numbers fall in seven systems, despite NHSE plan


The number of ‘core’ acute beds has fallen in seven health systems since the summer, according to official sitrep data.

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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: 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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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.

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More than half of ICSs lack ‘crucial’ health management systems


More than half of integrated care systems do not have a fully developed population health management system, despite this being a ‘core aim’, HSJ  can reveal.

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Six systems pulled up by NHSE over poor cancer diagnosis performance


NHS England has demanded recovery plans from six systems with a poor record on delivering urgent cancer checks.

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CEO of double-merger trust targets ‘powerful’ shift to out-of-hospital care


England’s largest integrated trust is aiming to transform its acute services on a scale comparable to the move away from mental health institutions to community-based care, its CEO has told HSJ.

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Harm caused by long cancer waits to be investigated by ICB


Commissioners have begun a ‘serious incident review’ across their integrated care system after early indications showed patients may have suffered harm due to long waits for cancer treatment.

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GPs reject joining trust in favour of ‘John Lewis’ model


A GP surgery is believed to have become the first practice in England to switch to a ‘John Lewis’ ownership model after rejecting the prospect of joining its local integrated NHS trust.

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Huge variation in referrals to flagship ‘urgent response’ service


Groundbreaking new data on community services appears to show enormous variation between areas in the number of referrals for a ‘two-hour urgent response’ being recorded.

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Four in five ICSs a long way from IT ‘convergence’


Four out of five integrated care systems are a long way off achieving the ‘convergence’ of electronic patient record systems sought by NHS England, HSJ analysis reveals.


Revealed: ICSs which had the biggest rises in face-to-face GP appointments


There was an increase in the share of GP appointments conducted face to face in September, according to new NHS Digital figures.