Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent ICS

Innovation and technology

Trust appeals to NHSE chiefs over EPR funding fears


An acute trust’s digital chief has raised concerns the £3.4bn tech funding announced in this year’s Budget may not be available for a new system-wide electronic patient record.


Trust’s ‘leadership behaviour’ attacked by six ICBs


Six integrated care board chiefs in the Midlands have written to an ambulance trust over a “pattern of behaviour” they claim its leadership team has displayed since its Care Quality Commission rating was downgraded.

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Dementia is a system challenge


Fiona Carragher, director of research and influencing at Alzheimer’s Society, discusses the findings of The King’s Fund’s research and how ICSs could achieve more in improving dementia diagnosis

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‘Wholly unrealistic’ NHSE financial recovery policy risks ‘significant harm’ warns ICS


Leaders of an integrated care system in the Midlands have warned they cannot make the scale of staffing cuts required to balance the books without putting patients at risk.


NHSE acts as performance deteriorates in five systems


Five integrated care systems face escalations in central scrutiny and support following “deterioration” against key urgent and emergency care targets.


Consultants sent into troubled system after £140m deficit warning


NHS England has sent a consultancy firm into a troubled health system, after it said its financial plan would be missed by up to £140m.

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Following the Money: NHS England’s convenient excuse


HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get back in the black. By finance correspondent Henry Anderson.

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Trust appoints CEO after two years as interim


An ‘outstanding’ mental health trust has made its long-term interim chief executive substantive, it has announced.

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Two ICBs appoint CEOs


A integrated care board has appointed its chief nursing officer as interim chief executive, while another ICB has made its interim CEO substantive.

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.


Trust insists ‘our data is correct’ despite waiting list ‘grip’ concerns


An external review of waiting list management at a large acute trust has found several serious problems – including ‘pop-up’ patients and thousands of cancelled appointments each week – but concluded they were no worse than would be found at ‘most NHS trusts’.


ICSs most ‘off target’ on recovery named by NHS England


Seven integrated care systems and one ambulance trust have been placed in ‘intensive support’ because of their performance against urgent and emergency care metrics.

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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.

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Lack of private sector help putting elective target at risk, says trust


An acute trust and its integrated care system have said they risk missing the imminent waiting list target, after struggling to get as many patients treated in the independent sector as they hoped.

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Thirty-five ICSs publish first ‘integrated care strategies’


Seven integrated care systems have not yet published a version of their integrated care strategy, despite government setting a deadline of the end of 2022 to do so.

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Trust that banned corridor care ‘reluctantly’ brings it back


An acute trust has announced the ‘reluctant’ return of ‘corridor care’ – having previously eradicated the unsafe practice – due to extreme ambulance handover delays and other emergency pressures.


Every ICS on course to bust their agency spending cap


Internal NHS data suggests every integrated care system is set to bust the caps placed on their agency spending, many by over 50 per cent.

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Six ICS chiefs to lead regional decision-making group


Six integrated care boards across the West Midlands are proposing to establish a joint committee of chief executives to make shared decisions on key issues impacting the region, it has emerged.