Sussex ICS


‘We don’t want to be a DGH’ says smallest trust’s CEO


England’s smallest acute provider could have a bright future providing services for the community as well as delivering regional and national specialist services, its new chief executive has said.

Adam Doyle

HSJ’s 10 most-read integration stories of 2023


As 2023 turns into 2024, we look at the integration stories which climbed their way up the most-read list this year

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ICS resets decision making to accelerate ‘new model of care’


An integrated care system is creating two new provider collaboratives, overhauling its ‘place’ leadership, and promising to create 16 integrated neighbourhood teams.

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The Integrator: The only way is reconfiguration


Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by deputy editor Dave West.

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ICB chiefs urged to join campaign to build confidence in £480m data platform


The growing campaign to build support for NHS England’s controversial Federated Data Platform ahead of the announcement of which supplier has secured the £480m operating contract is attempting to win the support of integrated care board chief executives, HSJ has learned.

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.

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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.

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Trust gets permanent chief after merger plans dropped


A specialist trust which had previously been the subject of takeover talks has appointed a new substantive chief executive.

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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.

Adam Doyle

ICS chief given NHSE director role


A successful integrated care system chief executive has been appointed as an NHS England national director on a part-time basis.

Donna Hall

‘Territorial’ foundation trusts must be scrapped, says Hewitt review member


Foundation trusts must be scrapped to truly change the culture and behaviours within local systems, says an FT chair who is working on a government-commissioned review of integrated care systems.

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New discharge fund risks being ‘political theatre’, warn NHS leaders


The government has ‘a week to 10 days’ to distribute the £200m it is committing to speed up hospital discharge if the initiative is to have a meaningful impact on reducing the 13,000 patients who are medically fit to leave hospital, national healthcare leaders have told HSJ.


Consultant refused to carry out urgent surgery at trust facing criticism from CQC


A consultant surgeon refused to attend hospital to carry out urgent surgery at a trust which later had upper gastrointestinal surgery suspended after an unannounced Care Quality Commission visit.

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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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Revealed: HSJ awards ICS of the year


West Yorkshire and Harrogate has won integrated care system of the year at the HSJ Awards 2021.

Ian smith

Former private healthcare boss chosen to chair integrated care board


A former leader of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust is one of three new integrated care board chairs who have been selected in the South East.

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ICS admits 14 of its major services are ‘fragile and challenged’


Fourteen of an integrated care system’s major services — which account for the ‘majority of [its] planned care’ — have been described as ‘fragile and challenged’.

Peter Carter

Interim chair appointed as trust mulls merger


A specialist provider contemplating a merger with its mega-trust neighbour has appointed an interim chair.

Bob Alexander

Ex-NHS Improvement boss to chair major acute trust


A former NHS Improvement deputy chief will become the interim chair of a major acute trust after his predecessor’s appointment was queried by the Care Quality Commission.


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.