Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Caroline Clarke

NHS England ‘hasn’t got long’ to develop ‘operating model’ for system working

NHS England and local leaders must urgently develop a coherent ‘operating model’ for the era of integrated care systems or see the reforms fail, leading trust chief executives have told HSJ.


More than 100 trusts bid for ‘massively oversubscribed’ New Hospitals programme

Nearly two thirds of NHS trusts in England have submitted bids to the government’s ‘massively oversubscribed’ hospital building programme, HSJ has learned.

Women also highlighted that the NHS is currently failing to help women establish a network with other pregnant women through which they could share their experience and anxieties; they felt forced to find this privately

Tackling inequalities: how can the NHS prioritise women’s health?

An HSJ webinar, held in association with Hologic, brought together experts who explored the urgent need to increase the focus on women’s health, and the impact a holistic women’s health strategy would make. Jennifer Trueland reports


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.


Trusts to remind public they must wear masks after 19 July

Multiple trusts are planning to tell the public they must comply with current covid infection control measures, such as mask wearing, beyond 19 July when they visit NHS premises, HSJ can reveal.

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The Ward Round: One step forward, two steps back

Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce.

Sarah Jane Marsh

NHS chief calls on PM to take urgent action over children hit by covid

A trust chief executive and NHS national lead has accused government of denying requests to hold a press conference with children, and called for an “urgent” plan to overcome absence from school due to covid self-isolation.

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Revealed: the 12 ICSs receiving £160m to meet elective target

Twelve integrated care systems and a coalition of children’s hospitals will receive a share of a £160m fund and commit to delivering 120 per cent of their pre-covid elective activity levels by July.

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Revealed: Beds for children hit ‘crisis point’ amid covid demand surge

Availability of inpatient child and adolescent mental health services beds — particularly for eating disorders — has reached ‘crisis point’, with young people left waiting on a standard paediatric ward or at home as demand surged during the covid pandemic.


Retail boss takes over as Test and Trace COO

NHS Test and Trace has appointed a former supermarket director as its new chief operating officer.

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Exclusive: Urgent children’s ops routinely cancelled due to covid pressure

Dozens and potentially hundreds of urgent operations for children have been cancelled during the third wave of the covid pandemic, HSJ can reveal.

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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.

Birmingham city hall

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.

Sarah Jane Marsh

Exclusive: Ex-Sainsbury’s boss to join beleaguered Test and Trace as NHS chief returns to trust

The former chief executive of Sainsbury’s is to take over as testing director at NHS Test and Trace, while the hospital chief executive currently running it will leave at the end of October, HSJ has learned.

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Investigation launched after seven ‘never events’ in two years at leading trust

An external review has been launched at a leading children’s hospital after a series of “never events”.

Anita Charlesworth

HSJ80 full list: The most influential people in health

The HSJ80 lists the figures who will exercise the most power and/or influence in the English NHS and health policy over the next 12 months

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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.

Birmingham city hall

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.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Intensive care unit stays open despite fire warning

A children’s hospital is having to put safety measures in place because it discovered building problems which could mean fire spreading quickly, it has emerged.

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Serious covid-linked condition in children ‘now in decline’

A serious coronavirus-linked illness which put up to 100 children in intensive care now appears to be in decline as the number of covid-19 cases also falls, HSJ has been told.