North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

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2022 HSJ Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the 2022 HSJ Awards has been revealed after the conclusion of the first stage of judging.


Trust bosses ‘disgusted’ at MPs who claim covid impact exaggerated

Local NHS leaders have publicly hit out at politicians for questioning the need for a second national lockdown, with one chief executive inviting MPs to either visit her hospital to see the pressures themselves, or to ‘sod off’.


Almost all NHS detox units face closure without reform to 'precarious' funding

Inpatient detoxification units in England are warning they could close — causing possible increases in substance and alcohol related deaths — unless NHS England changes the “precarious” way they are currently funded.

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First ‘digital aspirant’ trusts revealed by NHSX

Twenty-three trusts will share a £28m pot of technology funding as part of the first wave of “digital aspirant” providers, NHSX has announced.


Tripling in support workers substituting for nurses shows practice is ‘the new normal’

The number of registered nursing shifts being covered by less qualified support workers at an “outstanding” mental health trust has tripled since 2016.

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Small mental health trust promoted to 'outstanding'

One of the smallest mental health trusts in the country has been rated “outstanding” overall by the Care Quality Commission.


Mental health trust appoints new CEO

A mental health trust in the West Midlands has appointed a new chief executive, the provider has announced.

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New chief appointed to mental health trust

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust has appointed a mental health chief from Staffordshire as its new leader.


Staff shortages delay opening of trust’s new psychiatric ward

Staff shortages have forced a trust to push back the opening of a new ward treating patients with some of the most severe mental health needs.

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Decision over Carillion Hospital 'in autumn' as costs soar

A government decision on the future of a privately financed major acute hospital that was hit by Carillion’s collapse is not expected until autumn.

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Four trusts named as digital exemplars for 'hopeless' IT system

Four trusts will receive additional national support to improve the Lorenzo IT system, five years after a senior MP branded it a “hopeless system” supported by a  government bribe.


Trusts yet to agree permanent deals for former Carillion services

Permanent deals are yet to be agreed by NHS trusts whose facilities management services were hit by the collapse of Carillion, HSJ can reveal.


Serco closes in on NHS contract after Carillion collapse

Serco is poised to take over facilities management services at a mental health trust after previous provider Carillion was liquidated.


Serco set to take over Carillion NHS contracts

Facilities management services at five NHS hospital trusts could be taken over by Serco in a £29m deal, following the collapse of Carillion.

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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.

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Chief executive denies trust merger rumours

The chief executive of a mental health trust in the West Midlands has quashed rumours that her organisation plans to merge with major community and mental health providers.

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GPs oppose 'huge and unwieldy' STP plans

GPs in North Staffordshire have said they want to see a new multispecialty community provider set up for the region instead of the larger organisation covering the whole county outlined in its sustainability and transformation partnership.

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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.


Revealed: Ministers sign off £300k of pay rises for trust chairs

Ministers agreed nearly £300,000 in pay rises for the chairs of NHS trusts over the past year, HSJ can reveal.

Value in Healthcare Awards: Value and Improvement in Mental Health

The judges said: “The work being done here is exemplary and sustainable, in a complex area with often challenging patients.”