Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust


London gives way on consultant strike cover pay


London trusts have been told they can pay almost triple the usual rate for consultant cover during this week’s junior doctors’ strike.

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London Eye: Trusts wobble on consultant pay demand


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Exclusive: 800 consultants refuse to cover juniors strike without extra pay


More than 800 consultants in London have signed a letter saying they will not cover the junior doctors’ strike next week unless their trusts agree to pay a higher overtime rate set by the British Medical Association.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: The nursing walkout isn't really about pay


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

A big pile of paperwork

Revealed: The 27 trusts still without an electronic patient record


Almost 30 NHS trusts do not have comprehensive electronic patient records amid a renewed push by government to get electronic systems into all NHS hospitals, according to HSJ research.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Same chair everywhere


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Five go chief exec-ing


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.


HSJ Value Awards 2021: HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year


The project’s purpose was the redistribution of power, whereby citizens identify local needs and coproduce the agenda for improving quality in the Barkantine practice, Tower Hamlets. The project embodied power sharing at every level: system collaboration via a steering group, and a project team that included staff and community.

Newcastle hospital

Acute trust forced to cancel electives after covid surge


A major trust in the North East has started cancelling elective operations after a surge in covid and other urgent and emergency patients.


New chief executive for hospital trust


A north London specialist trust has appointed a new chief executive.

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GPs receive 'urgent' call to volunteer for work in crisis-hit ITU


GPs in Birmingham have been sent an “urgent” plea to assist in their acute trust’s crisis hit critical care services, HSJ can reveal.

A&E accident and emergency

Two hospitals ‘decanting’ to central London trust amid ‘extreme’ pressures


A pair of major London hospitals are decanting patients to central London sites as the region asks trusts to ‘super surge’ their critical care capacity, HSJ understands.

Royal London Hospital

London’s largest trust reconfigures to give covid-swamped hospitals ‘breathing space’


Barts Health Trust has declared the sickest covid-19 patients along with emergency care and trauma admissions will be seen at the Royal London Hospital to give other hospitals in the group ‘breathing space’.

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Executives all white in city where 40pc of population is BAME


Every current executive director at the five NHS trusts in Birmingham is white, despite more than 40 per cent of the city’s population being from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

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Only six of 200 NHS private units signed up to complaints watchdog


Just six of the NHS’ more than 200 private patient units are signed up to the independent complaints adjudicator, HSJ has learned.

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NHS looks to grab private sector work with major reconfiguration


A health system is proposing to consolidate seven NHS units that deliver inpatient elective orthopaedic surgery into two — aimed partly at capturing activity from the private sector.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: A clear path?


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Teaching hospital chair to also run neighbouring trust


The chair of one of England’s biggest teaching hospital trusts will also chair its smaller neighbour from next April.

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PM asks Hancock to investigate ‘removal’ of trust directors


The prime minister has asked Matt Hancock to investigate the “removal” of two non-exec directors from the board of a specialist hospital trust.

British houses of parliament

Hancock pressed to decide on capital schemes before election cut off


Two former ministers and one of the Conservative party’s most influential MPs have pressed the government for clarity on funding ahead of the upcoming dissolution of Parliament.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS trusts owe government £14bn


Heavily-indebted NHS providers are bidding to restructure their loans with the Department of Health and Social Care, albeit with little prospect of them being written off.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Trust appoints interim chair following MPs' criticism


A trust in the West Midlands has appointed an interim chair, after facing criticism from MPs over the reappointment of its previous chair.

Brexit puzzle

Exclusive: NHS trusts dismiss Brexit impact on staff retention


NHS trusts are not expecting disruption to services caused by EU staff leaving because of Brexit, according to analysis by HSJ.

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Trusts bemoan cost pressures from clinical waste switch


Several NHS trusts are grappling with extra costs and relying on temporary containers for clinical waste storage, after a forced change of supplier following last year’s stockpiling scandal.

Hospital beds

Exclusive: NHS England told to act on internal review to end 'avoidable harm'


Spinal patients have been exposed to “avoidable harm” due to “wholly unacceptable” delays in their treatment, according to an unpublished NHS England report.

Bin bags

Exclusive: Major incident as hospital waste collections halted


More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.

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GIRFT: Significant savings to be had in oral and maxillofacial surgery


The NHS could save more than £18m by reducing follow-ups for oral surgery and increasing the proportion of wisdom teeth removals done as outpatients procedures, a new report has found.

Great Ormond Street

New chief executive for Great Ormond Street


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

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Exclusive: Genomic trusts named but 18 months from full operation


Seven hub trusts and 27 partners have been selected to be part of a high profile new genomic test network, but will not be fully operational for a further 18 months.

Clinical waste

Trusts move clinical waste contracts to new provider after stockpiling scandal


Fifteen NHS trusts have transferred their clinical waste management contracts to another provider, after it emerged a key supplier to the NHS was stockpiling human body parts and other dangerous waste.

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'Fantasy' trust debts overtake PFI liabilities


A steep increase in emergency bailouts means NHS trusts’ total borrowing from the Department of Health and Social Care has overtaken their PFI liabilities.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Cancer Care


Winner Belfast Health and Social Care Trust: Improving the safety of chemotherapy prescribing through implementation of a standardised electronic assessment proforma

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Perioperative and Surgical Care


Winner St James’s University Hospital, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust: NELA – improving care for emergency laparotomy patients

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Long waits soar as hospitals struggle to admit


Over one year waiters shot up by 20 per cent, as admission rates slumped in the face of record A&E pressures.


Dame Julie Moore dismisses further hospital takeover


Dame Julie Moore has dismissed suggestions of another takeover of a neighbouring trust but says the boundaries between acute providers are “blurring” across Birmingham and Solihull.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital chain trust expects nearly £100m deficit


The founder trust of a hospital group has declared its “underlying deficit” is likely to be more than £95m this financial year.

Rob findlay

Shocking deterioration in RTT waiting times


Elective RTT waiting times shot up by over a week in December, in the fastest monthly increase since 2010, notes Rob Findlay

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Waiting times steady despite slowdown in admissions


Yet another large trust stopped reporting its referral to treatment data, which clouded the picture for the latest November figures and raised non-reported waiting lists to a new record.

Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: The fear, the network and the path


Why does a safety-critical industry such as the NHS have the level of bullying and fear running through it at so many levels, asks Andy Cowper

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Children potentially exposed to severe harm after waiting list blowout


Four children were potentially exposed to severe harm after delays in their treatment, as dozens have been on a surgery waiting list for more than a year.

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Troubled specialist trust to lose paediatric surgery service


Birmingham’s specialist orthopaedic hospital will stop providing paediatric surgery after an external review recommended moving the service to a bigger site.

Tim Briggs

Exclusive: 'No way' NHS should ask for extra funding before tackling waste


The surgeon leading the national programme to reduce clinical variation in the NHS says there is “no way” he would ask for extra funding until the service improves efficiency and quality of care.

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

STP director appointed to lead trust's turnaround


A sustainability and transformation partnership has intervened in a specialist trust’s sharply deteriorating RTT performance, appointing an outside executive to lead the recovery.

Clifford Mann

Exclusive: Former royal college president to lead national A&E review


Two leading names in emergency medicine are to head a major project aimed at improving efficiency in accident and emergency departments across the country.

Great Ormond Street

Private income up £20m at London specialist trusts


The capital’s specialist trusts have seen significant increases in their private income over the past year.

Hospital room

The best and worst performing trusts on patient experience


Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.

Tim Briggs

NHSI director to review 140 trusts' progress on cutting variation


The leading surgeon heading a national programme to reduce unwarranted variation in NHS care and save £1.5bn is to revisit more than 200 hospitals to assess trusts’ progress.

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Hospital trust tops sickness absence table for fourth year in a row


A hospital trust has topped the staff sickness absence rate table for the fourth year in a row, HSJ analysis reveals.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Five trusts responsible for over half of year-plus waiters


Data released today shows five trusts were responsible for more than half of all the patients waiting more than a year for elective treatment in England.


Analysis: Over 100 trusts report rise in E coli infections in a year


Almost 70 per cent of NHS trusts have seen a rise in E coli infections in the 12 months up to to January 2017, raising questions over their ability to meet the government’s target to cut rates by 50 per cent in three years.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Missing data causes harm to patients in south London


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover


Revealed: Trusts with the best and worst manager engagement


NHS staff feel senior managers do not involve them enough in decision making, according to the latest staff survey results, released this morning.

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HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards shortlist revealed


The organisations in the running to win one of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 at have been revealed.

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New tariff would mean revenue cuts for specialist providers


A number of specialist NHS trusts are “exceptionally concerned” about the two year payment tariff proposed by regulators, saying it would be “damaging” for patient care.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: An unlikely story


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

The Christie

Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust


Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.


Exclusive: Regulator's list reveals trusts slated for takeover or franchise


Several NHS trusts which were slated by officials for takeover or management franchise are revealed in a list obtained by HSJ, which regulators sought to keep secret for 18 months.


Orthopaedic specialist promises to hit RTT target by September


PERFORMANCE: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust has made an agreement with NHS England to return to hitting waiting times targets by September.

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Revealed: First digital maturity index scores in full


This is a full list of trusts’ scores on the new digital maturity index, based on HSJ analysis of NHS England data.


Specialist care vanguard may design new 'experimental tariffs'


An alliance of specialist trusts could develop new “experimental tariffs” to encourage acute providers to improve or franchise their orthopaedics services as part of the Five Year Forward View’s new care models programme.


Elective performance declines as national waiting list balloons


The total waiting list for patients awaiting elective treatment has ballooned to its highest level in seven years.

Tim Briggs

Specialist hospitals leading the way in innovation


Meet the financial challenge facing NHS

Tim Briggs

Carter review: Top surgeon to tackle clinical and cost variation


The government’s newly appointed quality tsar will work with Lord Carter’s team to drive out ‘unwanted variation’ in clinical practice across the NHS, it has announced.

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Special report: How technology is giving letters a new take


Dictation and document management technology can reduce the paper burden


Private providers could take big hit from NHS price changes


Private hospitals could see a steep cut in their income from NHS funded services under draft prices proposed for 2016-17, Monitor has warned.

Boris Johnson

London's devolution demands revealed


Proposals to redesign London’s £93bn public services through wide ranging devolution from central government have been agreed by borough leaders and the city’s mayor.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust


Best Places to Work 2015 – Acute Specialist Trusts

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust


Best Places to Work 2015 – Acute Specialist Trusts

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free considers joint venture with specialist trust


STRUCTURE: The Royal Free London Foundation Trust is considering a joint venture with a specialist orthopaedic hospital trust.

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Exclusive: DH concedes last minute U-turn over axing specialist hospital cash


The Department of Health has admitted it made a last minute reversal of its decision to stop providing “Project Diamond” funding for specialist hospitals in 2014-15, boosting the finances of up to 19 trusts.

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Specialist West Midlands trust plans for 'unprecedented' deficit


FINANCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust is planning for a financial deficit for the first time in its history.


Trusts ‘unanimously’ reject NHS England's reduced specialist funding offer


London teaching hospitals have turned down an offer from NHS England to pay just a quarter of their previous allocation for highly specialist treatments.

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Orthopaedic trust set to complete major upgrade of site and services


STRUCTURE: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital will complete an £11.7m investment by the end of the year bringing services including a new day case unit, electronic prescribing systems and CT and MRI scanners, its chief executive has promised.

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'Perfect storm' tips Walsall trust into the red


Walsall Healthcare Trust has instigated an action plan to clear its ‘significant’ waiting list after being hit by a ‘perfect storm’ of IT problems and heightened demand that threatens to push it £9m into the red.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Hospital inspections in marginal seats could swing general election


Hospital inspections could play a role in deciding the outcome of next year’s general election, according to analysis shared exclusively with HSJ.

Hospital staff

HSJ reveals the top healthcare employers


Four clinical commissioning groups are among the top 10 Best Places to Work in healthcare

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust


Best Places to Work 2014 – acute trust

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust


Best Places to Work 2014 – acute trust

Tim Briggs

Arm the NHS to better serve injured veterans


Armed forces personnel often find the service fails to meet their needs

Tim Briggs

MSK procurement model could 'destabilise' local health economies


Clinical commissioning groups that commission elective and trauma musculoskeletal services separately risk destabilising their local health economies, the British Orthopaedic Association has warned.


Uncertain future for Project Diamond funding


The future of funding for highly specialist treatments in various hospitals has been thrown into uncertainty after the Department of Health decided to stop providing a £62m budget that supplements it.

Tim Briggs

We welcome Simon Stevens turning the spotlight on hospitals


Rethinking specialists

Tim Briggs

Specialist hospitals fear NHS England centralisation plans


Specialist hospitals have urged NHS England to re-think its “one-size-fits-all” approach to centralising specialised acute services because it puts their independence at risk.

Les Lawrence

Heart of England appoints new chair


WORKFORCE: Heart of England Foundation Trust has appointed a new chairman.

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HSJ Live 22.04.2014: Nurse training review gets under way in the east


Major review of nurse training and education in the East of England launched, and the rest of today’s news and comment.

Norman Lamb

HSJ Live 28.03.2014: Involve providers in 'better care fund' talks, ministers say


Norman Lamb and communities minister Brandon Lewis have jointly written to health and wellbeing board chairs calling for more involvement of providers in plans for the better care fund, and the rest of today’s news and comment

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Specialist hospitals have a vital role in quality healthcare delivery


Key feature in the new NHS landscape

HSJ Top chief executives

HSJ celebrates the NHS's outstanding chief executives


A week championing leadership at the NHS provider organisations

New chair at Coventry and Warwickshire


WORKFORCE: A new chair has been appointed at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, the NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed.

Record breaking rise in English waiting list


The English waiting list got much bigger again in April. There will be trouble.

Sharp increase in English waiting list


The number of patients waiting rose sharply in March, and is now higher than in recent years and may indicate waiting time pressures to come. But bed pressures over winter do not explain all the increase

One-year waits race towards zero


One year waits continue to fall sharply. 18 week waits, and the waiting list overall, are steady. Orthopaedic long-waits are deteriorating.

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital appoints new chair


WORKFORCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has appointed Bryan Jackson as its chair.

RNOH plans to do 80 per cent specialist work


STRUCTURE: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust is planning an 80/20 split of specialist and routine activity in the future, according to a commissioner strategy document.

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Orthopaedic hospital PFI a step closer after affordable housing rollback


A London trust’s private finance initiative rebuild has moved a step closer after it secured permission to sell off some of its land with a smaller proportion than usual earmarked for affordable housing.

Trust hires PR firm to 'manage negative coverage' of its planned PFI


COMMERCIAL: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has hired a PR firm to “manage negative coverage” of its proposed private finance initiative rebuild.

NHS holds the line on 18 weeks


Small improvements meant new record-bests for long-waiters in November.

NHS Gooroo Rob FIndlay

Orthopaedics scrapes inside waiting target for first time


Long waits are down again, but the total number waiting is a bit higher than usual. This will become worrying, if it carries on.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital achieves waiting time targets


PERFORMANCE: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust has achieved its 18-week referral to treatment times targets for July and August.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust behind on savings


FINANCE: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital spends £2.5m on 'external clinical support'


FINANCE: The Royal National Orthopeadic Hospital Trust is spending £2.5m on “clinical support services provided by other organisations”.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital offers new national blood cancer service


CLINICAL RESEARCH: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust has launched the new service to patients suffering from a blood cancer that affects the spine.

ROH overspends on agency staff amid vacancies and high sickness rate


WORKFORCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Trust’s spend on agency staffing for month three was over plan on agency staffing and medical locums.

ROH spinal income falls 22 per cent short in quarter one


FINANCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust has seen a 22 per cent shortfall in spinal activity in the first quarter of 2012-13.

Orthopaedic FT hits Monitor performance targets


PERFORMANCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust hit all Monitor’s compliance targets in quarter one of 2012-13.

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Analysed: the future of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust


HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week we examine the options for Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust as it seeks a merger partner.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital breaches infection target for the year


PERFORMANCE: The north London specialist trust has recorded three cases of clostridium difficile for the year so far, equivalent to its full-year limit.

Report condemns trust's use of information and technology


PERFORMANCE: An external report has found that the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust has “no coherent vision” for information management and technology and is failing to use it to drive efficiencies.

Royal Orthopaedic FT misses Q4 surplus target


FINANCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust fell well short of its quarter four surplus target, but still beat its planned total for 2011-12.

ROH finances 'embarrassingly good', says new CEO


FINANCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust’s chief executive has warned his board against potential complacency after describing the trust’s finances as “almost embarrassingly good”.

ROH CQUINs worth over £600,000 at risk


FINANCE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust identified an increased risk in achieving Commissioning for Quality and Innovation requirements for 2012-13.

Spire to manage trust's private patient unit


COMMERCIAL: The private hospital chain Spire has secured a three-year deal to run the private patient unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in north London.

Royal National Orthopaedic Trust 'significantly under-performed' on private patient income


COMMERCIAL: The north London specialist hospital said its private unit had “significantly under-performed” in 2011-12 and that is was “finalising” plans for the private management of the facility.

Royal National Orthopaedic Trust wants £5.2m loan for 2012-13


FINANCE: The north London specialist hospital’s outline business plan anticipates applying for £5.2m in working capital loans in this financial year.

CQUIN and CQC quality results don't match, report finds


Trusts are improving the patient experience in areas where they receive financial incentives while neglecting others, a study suggests.

London trusts club together to pursue Welsh claims


FINANCE: Moorfields Eye Hospital, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Kingston and Barts are pursuing the Welsh Health Boards for unpaid bills, a board paper reveals.

Revealed: the six trusts that need DH support with their PFI


Six hospital trusts have been identified as needing Department of Health cash support with their private finance initiative payments in order to make foundation trust status, HSJ can reveal.

London trusts make 85 per cent of their CIPs at month four


FINANCE: London’s non-foundation trusts made 85 per cent of their savings targets at month four, £16.3m lower than planned.

HSJ news reporter Ben Clover

Circle-style deal for London specialist?


Most regions have a few smaller specialist trusts and London is no exception.

Super merger plans let down by £116m PFI shortfall


STRUCTURE: A planned merger that would create England’s largest NHS trust would require £116m of support in its first year.

Royal National Orthopaedic's fate discussed at private SHA meeting


STRUCUTURE: NHS London was yesterday due to consider the fate of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust.

Exclusive: Fifth acute trust says it is considering private franchise management

Exclusive: fifth acute trust says it is considering private franchise management


A fifth hospital trust has said it will consider private franchise management.

Penny Venables

Worcestershire gains new chief exec


WORKFORCE: Penny Venables has been appointed to lead the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, replacing John Rostill who has retired.

Go reconfigure?


There was no “clever form of words” to spare the SoS’s blushes in the end.

Andrew Lansley

Government will act as guarantor on PFI


The government will continue to act as a guarantor for private finance initiative schemes, the health secretary has announced.

Decisions on the organisational form of seven London trusts due in September


STRUCTURE: Seven London acute trusts are due to have decisions made about their future organisational form in September, an NHS London planning document says.

Royal Orthopaedic passes CQC spot check


PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission found the trust was meeting standards relating to dignity and nutrition during a spot check as part of a wider investigation into how older patients are treated.

Nicholson says region's FT pipeline risks going backwards


STRUCTURE: Sir David Nicholson has written to the board of a strategic health authority saying “there is a real danger that by the end of 2011-12 many of these [trusts in the pipeline] will be a position where their ability to achieve FT by 2014 will have worsened”.

HSJ's Ben Clover

London trusts encouraged by delayed 'drop dead' date for FT status


So what does the slackening off of the pressure behind the foundation trust pipeline mean for London, the most stubborn of regions in resisting an all-FT health service?

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust finished 2010-11 in deficit


FINANCE: NHS London papers reveal that the specialist organisation in north west London had ended the last financial year in deficit.

London's acute trusts achieving 82 per cent of their CIPs in Feb


FINANCE: A document submitted to NHS London’s delivery group in April itemises each trust against its savings target and found a capital-wide variance of £69m against plan - some trusts achieving less than half their target.

RNOH presses ahead with PFI project


FINANCE: The north London specialist trust has shortlisted three bidders for its proposed rebuild.

Confidential report sets out quality issues for every provider in the region


PERFORMANCE: A confidential report commissioned by NHS London has listed the strategic health authority’s quality concerns about the capital’s provider bodies.

Minister announces merger option for non-FT acute


STRUCTURE: A merger or independent franchise are among the options for a hospital trust which has a private finance deal preventing it from achieving foundation status.

A pile of clocks

Acute trusts' FT plans slip back a year


More than a quarter of the acute trusts still bidding for foundation status have seen their application date slip by over a year.

Leading MPs fail to find anything positive in NHS reforms

Leading MPs fail to find anything positive in NHS reforms


The chair of the influential Public Accounts Committee has said the cross-party group of MPs struggled to find anything positive in the government’s NHS reform plan

Exclusive: Acute trust latest to consider private franchise management

Exclusive: hospital trust considers private franchise


The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has become the third NHS trust to consider becoming privately managed after admitting it cannot achieve foundation status in the short term.

Exclusive: government admits PFI deals mean 22 trusts will struggle to meet foundation status target


The Department of Health has named 22 hospitals with private finance deals that are “an obstacle to them achieving FT status by April 2014”.

Ben Clover

Reconfiguration threatening to derail London service level agreements


No sooner were service level agreements more or less signed off by London acutes and commissioners, than reconfiguration issues reared their head.

Orthopaedic Hospital in deficit despite delivering savings plan


FINANCE: The north London specialist trust has a £1.8m deficit despite delivering £2.1m saving plan, according to February board papers.

£1m from private mental health underspend funding acute overspends at NHS Dudley


FINANCE: NHS Dudley is using a £1m underspend on its private sector mental health services to offset a £2.9m acute overspend.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust has been cleared to proceed with £90m PFI rebuild


STRUCTURE: The north London specialist trust was given permission to place an advert for partners for the scheme by NHS London in December.

National cancer unit opens at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital


STRUCTURE: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust has opened a new £313,000 national cancer facility for patients aged 13 to 24.

Baroness Barbara Young

Care Quality Commission will 'do a number' on weakest NHS performers


The chair of the Care Quality Commission has pledged to get tough with NHS and social care organisations languishing in the bottom 10 per cent of performance tables.