South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Inquiry into trusts’ care failures probes 1,500 deaths

The first ever public inquiry to cover mental health is now probing nearly 1,500 fatalities linked to services in a single county, the senior psychiatrist leading it has revealed, saying it will ‘hold systems’ feet to the fire’ over care failures.

North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Troubled provider sees ‘outstanding’ services downgraded to ‘inadequate’

A mental health trust already subject to an inquiry into a string of adult patient deaths has had its rating for children’s wards downgraded from “outstanding” to “inadequate”.

North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Trust fined £1.5m after patient deaths

A mental health trust has been fined £1.5m following a prosecution by the Heath and Safety Executive over failings related to 11 inpatient deaths.

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Trust spend on compulsory redundancies rises by 8pc

Trust spend on compulsory redundancies increased by 8 per cent — or £3.3m — last year, analysis reveals.

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70 trusts working with NHSI to boost workforce retention

Seventy NHS trusts have now been recruited by NHS Improvement to its programme to improve workforce retention rates in the health service.


Inquest prompts police probe into inpatient deaths

Police have launched an investigation into a number of inpatient deaths at an acute mental health unit, it has emerged this afternoon.


New merger trust sets out five year savings plan

Essex’s new mental health provider trust must deliver £43m of savings over the next five years to hit its business plan agreed with regulators, the trust’s interim chief executive has told HSJ.

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Trust merger confirmed to go live next month

South Essex Partnership University and North Essex Partnership University foundation trusts have had their long awaited merger approved.


Merger trusts set course for 'significant' service changes

Two Essex mental health trusts set to merge in April are planning a “significant” service reconfiguration, a report by the trusts revealed.

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Revealed: Trusts in mix for millions in digital funding

Fourteen mental health trusts are vying to secure up to £5m of central funding as part of the digital exemplars programme, HSJ understands.

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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.


South East trusts target April merger

Two Essex mental health trusts are aiming to merge by April under a new name, according to board papers.

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Exclusive: Official index reveals tech leaders and laggards

A new NHS England assessment of “digital maturity” across the NHS lays bare significant variation among providers, HSJ can reveal.

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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.

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Essex success regime chair appointed

Anita Donley has been appointed as the independent chair of the mid and south Essex success regime, HSJ can reveal.

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Three trusts could set up 'single leadership' team

Plans for three Essex trusts with combined revenues of around £850m to establish a “single leadership” team and run their hospitals as a “network” are being investigated by system leaders, HSJ has learned.


Virgin Care wins Kent community contract

COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won a contract to provide adult community health services across a swathe of north Kent.

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Essex merger candidate faces £126m income drop

PERFORMANCE: South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust could see its income fall below £200m within four years, according to a review of Essex’s mental health services.

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Chief executive of trust in merger talks resigns

North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust chief executive Andrew Geldard has resigned.

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Clinicians raise concerns over IAPT as trusts set out merger drivers

Clinicians in Essex are worried about commissioners’ plans to send patients previously referred to secondary mental health professionals to a less specialised service, the chief executive of one of the trusts involved has told HSJ.