South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Philippa Slinger

Improvement director takes up STP chief role


Devon sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed an improvement director who was overseeing three troubled Norfolk trusts as its lead chief executive

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Secret pay deals, falsifying records and 'failure to co-operate' could see managers labelled unfit


A government review into the regulation of NHS managers will consider whether seven specific areas of misconduct, including discouraging whistleblowing should be specified under a new fit and proper person test.


Troubled STP appoints high profile chair


A high profile regulator and quango chief has been appointed as the new independent chair of a troubled health economy.

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Mid Staffs QC to lead fit and proper person test review


A leading QC from the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry will lead an independent review of the fit and proper person test regulations.

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New academy to recruit nurses with 'exceptional academic ability'


A nursing academy designed to attract and retain students with “exceptional academic ability” to improve patient safety is being launched at Exeter University in collaboration with local NHS trusts.

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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.

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System-wide failure identified in damning report into child's death


Multiple NHS organisations involved in the avoidable death of a three-year-old boy failed to properly investigate and identify what happened or learn lessons for the future, according to a new report.

Paula Vasco-Knight

Former South Devon chief pleads not guilty to fraud charges


Former hospital chief executive Paula Vasco-Knight has pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud.

Paula Vasco-Knight

Former hospital chief executive charged with fraud


A hospital chief executive and former national equalities lead who left her job after a nepotism row has now been charged with fraud.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: England's only health economy running a surplus


Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

South Devon

Financially challenged Devon makes devolution bid


DEVOLUTION: A South West region that includes the clinical commissioning group with the largest deficit in the country has submitted a devolution bid.


Revealed: Trusts' estimated savings potential


By using publicly available data, HSJ has been able to closely match the methodology used by Lord Carter to produce trusts’ headline “savings opportunity” figures. Here we list the least and most efficient trusts according to the headline measure, as well as data for all trusts.


Uncertainty over agency nurse procurement in South West


Trusts in the South West face uncertainty over their procurement of agency nurses as their plans have still not been approved by regulators.

South Devon

Devon integrated care organisation goes live following merger


STRUCTURE: Two NHS trusts have merged to create an ‘integrated care organisation’ in Devon.


Vanguards reveal transformation plans and barriers to change


The urgent and emergency care vanguards are overhauling 111 systems and moving activity out of hospital, but the constraints of finance and workforce shortages are a concern, HSJ has been told.

South Devon

CCG forecasts largest cumulative deficit


FINANCE: Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is forecasting the largest cumulative deficit of any CCG to date.


NEW Devon tenders £67m ‘integrated’ urgent care contract


COMMERCIAL: Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has invited organisations to tender for a £66.8m urgent care services contract, which includes out of hours GP services in the county.

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Exclusive: 26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach


Twenty-six hospital trusts are responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Exclusive: Winner of ‘blueprint’ locum agency contract named


COMMERCIAL: A service to manage locum recruitment across nine South West hospital trusts will be managed by the Accident and Emergency Agency, HSJ can reveal.

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NEW Devon accused of conflict of interest in £100m contract award


COMMERCIAL: A community services provider has accused the country’s largest clinical commissioning group of a conflict of interest in its decision to award a £100m contract without a tender.