South Yorkshire ICS

Money, finance and accounts

Consultants sent in to tackle overspending at nine ICSs


NHS England has ordered nine integrated care systems to bring in management consultants to find ways to immediately bring down spending because of concerns over their finances, HSJ can reveal.

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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. 


Revealed: The ICBs most reliant on private hospitals


Up to 20 per cent of NHS elective patients are now being treated by private hospitals in some areas, analysis by HSJ  suggests.

Money, finance and accounts

Nearly a third of ICSs admit finance plans will be missed


At least 13 integrated care systems have now admitted they will miss the financial plans they signed up for at the start of the year.


Increased spending on dental services blocked by a quarter of ICBs


A dozen integrated care boards are refusing to pay for extra activity to tackle the crisis in NHS dentistry, despite being told they can do so by NHS England, HSJ has discovered.

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CQC slams hospital for ‘shocking’ lack of leadership


An independent hospital in Yorkshire has been placed in special measures after inspectors warned of a ‘shocking’ lack of leadership.

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 whose rebuild was dropped faces ‘enforced closure’ risk


A trust that was inexplicably removed from the ‘40 new hospitals’ programme, despite being a top regional priority for capital funding, has been testing contingency plans for a ‘full or partial site closure’ due to problems with its main site.

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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.

Money, finance and accounts

ICSs get ‘significantly harder’ savings target of 6pc


NHS organisations will have to make average efficiency savings of almost 6 per cent to meet their financial requirements this year, a report suggests, which is significantly higher than the levels demanded before the pandemic.

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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.


Recovering trust appoints new CEO


A trust which exited special measures last year has appointed a new chief executive.

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Trust buys £85m EPR after abandoning previous procurement


An acute trust has signed an £85m deal with Oracle Cerner for a new electronic patient record, two years after abandoning a previous procurement.

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Ex-hospital chief takes over new trust


A former acute boss is returning to NHS management to lead a mental health and community services trust.

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.

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Light-touch scrutiny during covid gave ‘freedom’ to improve, says retiring CEO


The CEO of a mental health trust that recently moved out of the successor to ‘special measures’ is to retire early next year after more than 40 years in the NHS.

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Revealed: The top-performing ICSs defying deprivation challenges


A cluster of integrated care systems across the North of England has bucked the trend to deliver successful integration schemes and better patient outcomes despite high levels of deprivation, new analysis has found.

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Trust leaders seek to combat ‘tough place to come’ to work reputation


Leaders of an acute trust have said they have had to battle a perception from doctors that it is ‘a tough place to come’ to, while also trying to negate the reputation of the town it operates in.

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CQC downgrade leaves teaching trust CEO feeling ‘devastated’


A major teaching trust has been rated ‘inadequate’ for safety, after an unannounced inspection found senior leaders did not intervene quickly enough to address patient care issues.