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Patient experience is often ‘horrendously poor’ admits trust CEO


A trust chief executive has warned of the “dire” economic challenge facing his system, saying children and young people are already facing “horrendously poor” experiences due to dependency on out of area beds.

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Trust reviewing bed capacity after three patient deaths


A coroner has warned a trust in the West Midlands for the third time about bed shortages, after three patient deaths which he believes are linked.


Police dropping most mental health calls ‘could cost NHS £260m’


The national rollout of a new policing model scaling back officers’ responses to mental health incidents could cost the NHS around £260m, a trust chief executive has told MPs.

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Chair who was ‘not always honest’ in old job gets NHSE’s ‘full support’


An integrated care board chair is keeping her job despite complaints being upheld against her in a previous role, it has emerged.


New chair replaces leader who quit after complaints row


A new chair has been appointed at a mental health trust which lost its previous chair following complaints about their behaviour.


Exclusive: the trusts offering thousands of staff inferior pensions


Trusts are regularly denying staff employed by their wholly owned subsidiary companies access to the NHS pension and providing them with schemes which are significantly less generous.

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Complaints against trust chair upheld by leaked report


A trust chair failed to follow proper processes when suspending a colleague and did not always act with “honesty, truthfulness and clarity”, an investigation found.


Four in five trusts yet to reach digitisation target


Only one in five trusts has reached the level of digitisation required by 2025 – more than three years after the target was set, tech chiefs have revealed.


Just 10 trusts responsible for half of ‘unacceptable’ placements


Just 10 trusts account for more than half of patients ‘inappropriately’ sent out of their area for a mental health bed – with dozens having to travel up to 300km, according to HSJ analysis.

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‘Staff holidays’ delay death review by up to nine months


A coroner has expressed ‘serious concern’ after a trust-wide safety review – prompted by the death of a young mother – was delayed by up to nine months due to ‘staff holidays’.

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Revealed: the trusts where one in six staff have not had two covid jabs


There are 16 NHS trusts where at least one in six staff have not had two doses of coronavirus vaccine, and all but one of them are in London and Birmingham.


Care increasingly disrupted by building failures as NHS repair bill grows


Patient care is being disrupted by increasing numbers of infrastructure failures amid a continued rise in the cost of fixing outdated and potentially dangerous parts of the NHS estate, new figures show.


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.

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The NHS and its partners must 'take risks' to improve care for children


For healthcare to truly improve the overall outcomes of children and young people health issues must be addressed holistically alongside factors like safety, wellbeing, and access to education, training and skills. By Rukshana Kapasi

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Mental Health Matters: ‘A culture of risk taking’


HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.


HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2020


As we get ready to say goodbye to 2020, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.

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What does a growing need for remote working mean for the NHS?


The coronavirus pandemic has brought in a remote working revolution in the NHS, which brings with it new challenges and opportunities. An HSJ webinar, supported by IBM, explored this key issue.

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Leaked emails raise flag on ‘extremely concerning’ bed shortage


‘Systemic’ problems within mental health services in Birmingham have caused the number of people waiting for an inpatient bed to reach ‘extremely concerning’ levels, according to documents leaked to HSJ.

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What does a growing need for remote working mean for the NHS?


David Probert, the chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust, was among the panellists for an HSJ webinar that explored what a growing need for remote working means for the NHS.

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City plans ‘integrated care system for mental health’


Local mental health commissioning may be transferred to NHS providers under a new contract in one of the UK’s biggest cities.