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HSJ Podcast: The rise and rise of the hospital group


As an increasing number of hospitals appoint shared CEOs and chairs – and more large “groups” are created – we discuss the benefits and drawbacks to this new(ish) way of running things.


Joint CEO for trusts with £2bn turnover


A joint chief executive has been appointed across three acute trusts in the East Midlands in the next stage of their “formal collaboration”.

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Recovery Watch: The trusts slipping the most on PM’s pledge


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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New chair will ‘reset group model’ across three trusts


Three Midlands hospital trusts with a combined turnover of more than £2bn are moving to share a single chair, who wants to drive further collaboration and partnership between them, HSJ  can reveal.

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New CEO for trust where ‘bullying and harassment were normalised’


An ambulance trust grappling with major cultural problems has appointed a substantive chief executive, who most recently has been on extended leave from his role leading two acute providers.

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Trusts’ chair to leave amid CEO instability


The joint chair of two hospital trusts is to step down, just weeks after the “group” named its third CEO in four months.


Trust names third CEO in four months


A hospital group has appointed its second interim chief executive since October, after the substantive CEO went on leave for health reasons.

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Trusts lose interim CEO three months into role


The interim chief executive of a hospital ‘group’ in the Midlands is moving to a neighbouring trust, leaving the leadership of his current organisation uncertain.

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Trust group appoints interim CEO as chief takes leave


A hospital group has named its chief digital information officer as interim chief executive, after its substantive CEO went on leave at short notice for personal reasons.


Summer crisis deepens as trolley waits hit new high


Performance figures deteriorated to record lows this month as the unprecedented summer NHS crisis deepens, with trolley waits reaching a new high point and the waiting list growing to more than 6.7 million people.

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Hospital group’s ‘collective brand’ may help DGHs recruit, say chiefs


Two district general hospitals are planning a major clinical reconfiguration and developing a “collective brand” which they hope could ease their staffing problems, their leaders have told HSJ.

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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Leaked report reveals trust failings over ‘racially aggravated attack’


A hospital trust’s management has apologised, after being heavily criticised by an independent review for ‘letting down’ a staff member who reported suffering a racially aggravated attack while on duty.

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Consultant accused of ‘financial abuse of terminally ill patient’


A consultant has failed to get an injunction placed on a hospital trust investigating several allegations into his work, including that he improperly referred hospital patients to his private clinics.

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Senior CQC inspector appointed hospital CEO


A Care Quality Commission deputy chief inspector has been appointed hospital chief executive at an East Midlands trust.

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Revealed: The seven trusts getting £6m each for tech improvements


Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.

Flu vaccine uptake lags last year at 43 trusts


More than 40 provider trusts have seen lower flu vaccine uptake so far in 2020-21 than in 2019-20, often citing covid and covid vaccination as a reason, despite a national push.


Trust boss warns region faces ‘absolute crisis’ with trusts ‘hanging on by their fingernails’


Hospital chiefs in the South West have warned the region will not avoid the extreme pressures felt by other parts of the NHS, amid rapidly rising numbers of covid-19 inpatients.

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HSJ’s most read technology stories of 2020


With 2020 down to its final days, it’s time to take a look back at HSJ’s most read technology stories of the year.

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Revealed: The trusts receiving a share of £600m estates fund


An acute trust in London is among the biggest winners of a £600m allocation by the government to pay for backlog maintenance across the NHS.