North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust


The Download: A closer look at the FDP in action


The fortnightly newsletter that unpacks system leaders’ priorities for digital technology and the impact they are having on delivering health services. This week written by correspondent Joe Talora. Contact HSJ in confidence here.

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40% of funding targeted at improving emergency care goes unspent


Fourty per cent of the £150m capital funding pot NHS England made available to incentivise urgent and emergency care improvements was not distributed, data shown to HSJ reveals.

Ben Houchen

Building a hospital ‘not difficult’, says re-elected mayor


A mayor is planning to launch a consultation to build a new hospital the government says he has no powers to build – claiming the project “doesn’t seem difficult”.

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Trust ordered to make second £400k-plus payment to a whistleblower


A trust which last year was ordered to pay a whistleblowing nurse nearly £500,000 must now give a surgeon £430,000 to compensate him for the racial discrimination and harassment he faced after raising patient safety concerns.


ICB warned of ‘large financial risk’ from HCA wage claim


NHS organisations across Surrey are to review healthcare assistants’ pay in the face of potential strike action at one trust.

A&E accident and emergency

Trusts offered up to £4m to make last-ditch attempt on A&E target


NHS England has confirmed new financial incentives for trusts to deliver strong performance against the four-hour emergency target this month.


Lack of collaboration a factor in failed bids for new hospital, says CEO


The lack of collaboration with a neighbour was a factor in a trust being overlooked for capital investment to rebuild an acute hospital, its chief executive has suggested.

Bedford Hospital

Strikes spread to more trusts over backpay dispute


Strike action by healthcare assistants looks set to spread to more trusts, having so far been confined to the North West region.

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Revealed: The ‘unacceptable’ hospital buildings with no investment


Estates chiefs at 19 acute hospitals have classed more than half of their occupied space as  “not functionally suitable” and lacking any promise of major investment.


Five trust CEOs were paid more than £300,000 last year


Several trust chief executives were paid more than £300,000 in 2022-23, including adjustments for previous underpayments, pay in lieu of pension contributions, and redundancy packages.

Emergency workforce

A&E target set to be raised, despite NHS missing lower bar


NHS England and government are set to raise their target for four-hour A&E performance, despite most hospitals failing to meet the current ask.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Projects excluded from ‘40 new hospitals’ programme had ‘political issues’


Internal government documents show some of the building schemes that failed to make the final list of ‘40 new hospitals’ were flagged as having potentially serious ‘political issues’, HSJ has discovered.


Hospitals close areas after discovering RAAC planks


More hospitals have closed parts of their site after discovering potentially unsafe concrete had been used in the building structures, HSJ has learned.


Trusts bring in joint CEO after NHSE intervention


A joint chief executive has been appointed to lead two neighbouring acute trusts following threats of regulatory action from NHS England.


Be careful of celebrating staff as ‘heroes’, NHSE advises trusts


Trusts haven been warned to be careful of “contentious” approaches to staff recognition, such as those that mimic the “clap for carers” initiative organised during the pandemic.


More trusts find RAAC concrete on estates


At least seven more trusts have confirmed lightweight concrete on their estates following NHS England-ordered reviews and widespread safety concerns, HSJ has found.

Newborn baby

Labour ward staffing shortages restrict use of beneficial drug


Staffing shortages are likely to restrict the use of a beneficial painkiller in birthing suites, even once its use has been recommended by national guidance.

North Tees and Hartlepool FT

Trusts to appoint joint chief after NHSE threat


An acute trust is set to move to a joint chief executive model with a neighbouring provider after being threatened with regulatory action if it failed to do so.

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Revealed: Best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food


The best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food have been revealed in a national assessment by patients and staff.

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CEO resigns from trust told to merge leadership


The chief executive of North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust, which was ordered by NHS England to merge its leadership team with a neighbour, is to step down in September.