Somerset 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.

Hospital beds

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.

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.

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.

data network puzzle

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.

Breast cancer radiology

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.

Taunton and Somerset A and E

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.

magnifying glass

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.

Minehead Medical Centre

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.

black nurse bame

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.

Information through technology supplement main

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.

Peter lewis

Trust says ‘game-changing’ deal will expand capacity by 25pc


An integrated trust has opened a “game-changing” first-of-its-kind imaging facility together with a private company in a bid to “sustainably” increase diagnostic capacity amid rising backlogs of patients, according to its chief executive.

Vaccine lab

All but eight health systems have given the covid jab to more than half of 45- to 49-year-olds


The great majority of England’s health systems have given first doses of the covid vaccination to more than half of those aged 45 to 49 in their area, according to the latest NHS England data.