South Yorkshire 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 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.

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.

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.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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.


New chair for red-rated ICS


Sir Andrew Cash has been appointed as interim chair of Lincolnshire’s integrated care board.

Trusts and ICS miss out on millions after NHSE shifted goalposts


Trusts and commissioners have confirmed they lost out on millions of pounds after NHS England changed funding rules three months into the financial year, angering local leaders.

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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.

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ICS boundary changes revealed


Only six integrated care systems will have their boundaries changed, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced, in a ‘change of heart’ since Matt Hancock’s resignation.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

‘Outstanding’ maternity unit plunges to ‘inadequate’ after unannounced inspection


Maternity services at a Shelford Group hospital have fallen from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’ following an unannounced Care Quality Commission inspection earlier this year.

Innovation and technology

Revealed: the 12 ICSs receiving £160m to meet elective target


Twelve integrated care systems and a coalition of children’s hospitals will receive a share of a £160m fund and commit to delivering 120 per cent of their pre-covid elective activity levels by July.


Number of CCGs to be cut by a fifth next month


More than a third of proposed “integrated care systems” will still contain more than one clinical commissioning group next year, analysis shows.