Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent ICS

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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.

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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: 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.


New national deadline to eliminate two-year waiters


NHS England has issued a new deadline to treat patients who have been waiting more than two years for treatment, a month after saying it had ‘virtually eliminated’ the longest waits, it has emerged.


Married trust CEO and ICS chair pair to step down


A mental health trust CEO has announced she is to retire after a 35-year career in the NHS, while her husband is also leaving his ICS chair role at the end of the year.


Exclusive: Ambulance service will collapse by August, predicts its nursing director


A struggling ambulance trust could face a ‘Titanic moment’ and collapse entirely this summer if the region’s worsening problems with hospital handover delays are not taken more seriously, its nursing director has told HSJ.

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‘Big personalities’ accused of bullying thought to be ‘bullet proof’, finds review


Doctors at an acute trust believe their clinical leaders have failed to tackle the ‘big personalities’ accused of being aggressive bullies, a review has found.

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‘Lack of respect’ for children at ‘inadequate’ hospital


Staff failed to provide kind and compassionate care and did not treat children with respect at a private hospital downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’, a report by health inspectors has revealed.

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NHS to pay for care staff bonuses this winter


Clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire have announced they will put almost £3m into recruiting and retaining care staff over winter, including retention bonuses.


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.

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Patients ‘pushed and laughed at’ by staff at ‘inadequate’ hospital


Two private hospitals can no longer admit patients without permission from regulators, after inspectors flagged multiple instances of poor care, including patients being pushed and laughed at by staff.