Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


System ‘resisting change’ and lacking skills for financial recovery, says CEO


A chief executive has said his system’s financial recovery is being hampered by staff who are resistant to change, with too many people lacking the right skills and experience.


Modernisation Agency chief returns to lead improvement drive


The director of the Modernisation Agency in the early 2000s is returning to lead a new national service improvement drive, NHS England has announced, while asking systems and providers to “baseline” their improvement needs and capability.


CEO interview: Chris Oliver, chief executive, Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust


This is the latest in a series of interviews with provider chief executives, which are available exclusively to HSJ Insight subscribers.

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Inexperienced trust CEOs get extra support after NHSE concerns


Concerns over the number of trusts being run by first-time chief executives has prompted NHS England to offer an increased support package for new leaders, HSJ has learned.


New CEO for trust at centre of funding row


A trust which lost its former chief over a funding row with commissioners has appointed a new permanent chief executive.


CCTV to be used ‘pro-actively’ by trusts to combat abuse


Mental health trusts are exploring wider use of CCTV to review incidents of seclusion or restraint in response to high-profile abuse scandals, HSJ  has learned.

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HSJ’s 10 most read integration stories of 2022


As we get ready to say goodbye to 2022, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read integration stories of the year.


HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2022


As we get ready to bid farewell to 2022, HSJ looks back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.


Campaigning MP to chair foundation trust


A long-serving Labour MP is leaving the Commons after 17 years and will join a mental health trust as its chair, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust 'hiding serious harm and death' report


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North by North West: Full force Flory


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Trust chief quits after funding row with ICS


A mental health chief is stepping down after a breakdown in relations with local integrated care system leaders over the funding for her organisation, HSJ has learned.

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‘Unprecedented numbers’ sent hundreds of miles for a bed


Parts of the country are seeing ‘unprecedented’ numbers of ‘inappropriate’ out of area placements for mental health patients, despite a flagship national ambition to eliminate these cases.

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North by North West: How to help social care


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Health system sees covid occupancy double in a week


Hospitals in Lancashire have reported a steep rise in covid patients, with the numbers more than doubling over the last seven days.

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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.