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West Country Chronicle: Scandal-hit trusts show signs of progress

From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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Recovery Watch: The 20 trusts with three quarters of the NHS's two year waiters

Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.

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ICS set to miss July two-year waiters target by 860 patients

One of England’s most challenged integrated care systems is set to miss by more than 800 patients the government’s target of eliminating two-year elective waits by July.

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Patients asked to travel 200 miles in push to cut elective waits

Long waiting times at Devon’s acute hospitals have forced commissioners to offer patients treatment 200 miles away in London in a bid to reduce the elective backlog.

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Trusts scrap long-awaited merger

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West Country Chronicle: Trusts set ‘enablers’ for merger

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Former ambassador appointed chair of merging trust

An acute and community trust has appointed a former UK ambassador as its new chair.

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HSJ Awards 2021: Acute Sector Innovation of the Year

WINNER: Royal Devon and Exeter FT: Patient-Led Home Blood Testing

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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Award

The pharmacy department of a district general hospital worked with the multidisciplinary team in orthopaedics to reduce variation in medication use among elective hip and knee replacement patients. The project focused on the following points to optimise medication use:

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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Cancer Care Initiative of the Year

At the outset of the pandemic a new telephone service was established to proactively call cancer patients to check their wellbeing, offer holistic therapy, provide local information and support, refer to appropriate services or simply provide a listening ear and reduce isolation.

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HSJ Value Awards 2021: Specialist Service Redesign Initiative

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Royal Devon & Exeter NHSFT joined the NHSE/I Enhanced Supportive Care pilot in 2016, promoting earlier implementation of supportive/palliative care within cancer care to prevent and manage adverse effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Since 2019 our collaborative has analysed the most comprehensive ESC data available, ...

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More than a dozen trust chairs receive two salaries as shared leadership spreads

Sixteen people are now chairing more than one NHS trust, but there is significant variation in how much they are paid for their extra roles, an HSJ analysis has found.

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Neighbouring ICSs plan single hospital IT system

Five trusts across two integrated care systems are drawing up plans to roll out a single electronic patient record funded by the government’s flagship infrastructure project.

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Trust buys Nightingale hospital to help tackle elective backlog

A hospital trust has bought the site of its local Nightingale Hospital, because it wants to continue using it to help tackle the elective backlog.

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Virtual clinics can enable remote monitoring of rheumatology patients

North Devon Healthcare Trust has pioneered virtual clinics to improve access for patients stable on advanced therapies for rheumatoid arthritis bringing benefits both to patients and to the NHS

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‘40 new hospitals’ trust puts new IT system ahead of building

An acute and community trust, which has been allocated money as part of the “40 new hospitals” programme, is prioritising buying a new electronic patient record ahead of rebuilding its estate.

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‘Secretive’ safety findings set to be revealed direct to CQC

The Care Quality Commission may in future be notified when ‘secretive’ external reviews have looked at patient safety issues within trusts.

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West Country Chronicle: The NHS is failing to diagnose Devon’s autistic children

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Merging trusts seek digital investment with ‘40 new hospitals’ funds

Two acute and community trusts are considering spending part of their government-funded estates cash on a major digital transformation project, amid plans to merge into one organisation.