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Simon Weldon

Hospital group’s ‘collective brand’ may help DGHs recruit, say chiefs

Two district general hospitals are planning a major clinical reconfiguration and developing a “collective brand” which they hope could ease their staffing problems, their leaders have told HSJ.

Money, cash and notes

More than a dozen trust chairs receive two salaries as shared leadership spreads

Sixteen people are now chairing more than one NHS trust, but there is significant variation in how much they are paid for their extra roles, an HSJ analysis has found.

Northampton General Hospital

Leaked report reveals trust failings over ‘racially aggravated attack’

A hospital trust’s management has apologised, after being heavily criticised by an independent review for ‘letting down’ a staff member who reported suffering a racially aggravated attack while on duty.

Northampton General Hospital

Consultant accused of ‘financial abuse of terminally ill patient’

A consultant has failed to get an injunction placed on a hospital trust investigating several allegations into his work, including that he improperly referred hospital patients to his private clinics.

Heidi Smoult

Senior CQC inspector appointed hospital CEO

A Care Quality Commission deputy chief inspector has been appointed hospital chief executive at an East Midlands trust.

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Revealed: The seven trusts getting £6m each for tech improvements

Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.

Flu vaccine uptake lags last year at 43 trusts

More than 40 provider trusts have seen lower flu vaccine uptake so far in 2020-21 than in 2019-20, often citing covid and covid vaccination as a reason, despite a national push.


Trust boss warns region faces ‘absolute crisis’ with trusts ‘hanging on by their fingernails’

Hospital chiefs in the South West have warned the region will not avoid the extreme pressures felt by other parts of the NHS, amid rapidly rising numbers of covid-19 inpatients.

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HSJ’s most read technology stories of 2020

With 2020 down to its final days, it’s time to take a look back at HSJ’s most read technology stories of the year.

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Revealed: The trusts receiving a share of £600m estates fund

An acute trust in London is among the biggest winners of a £600m allocation by the government to pay for backlog maintenance across the NHS.

Northampton General Hospital

CCG lead condemns ‘heartbreaking’ visiting rule at local hospitals

A GP commissioning leader has publicly criticised hospital visiting rules at local hospitals, after hearing that a stroke patient was denied seeing family or friends for six weeks.

Simon Weldon 3x2

Second covid wave will be ‘10 times harder’ for the NHS, says CEO

The second wave of the covid pandemic will be ‘10 times harder’ for the NHS, and will require a step-change in the service’s use of technology, according to the chief executive of a trust group in the Midlands.

Northampton General Hospital

Exclusive: Two hospitals see 60pc of new covid cases caught on the wards

More than 60 per cent of new covid cases diagnosed at two hospitals in the Midlands in recent days were caught at least two weeks after the patient was admitted — suggesting there may be particular problems with the virus spreading on their wards.

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Officials investigating ongoing coronavirus surge in hospitals

Officials are investigating ongoing pressure from covid-19 patients in hospitals in the East Midlands, while several other parts of England have seen high death rates persisting.

Simon Weldon 3x2

CEO to take over leadership of neighbouring trust

Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust’s chief executive will take over the top job at Northampton General Hospital Trust on a joint basis, as part of a new provider “group”.

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Trusts advise widespread use of PPE as staff ‘refuse to see patients’

Several major hospital trusts are telling staff to use personal protective equipment in a wider set of areas than recommended by current national guidance, amid staff concern and reports of doctors refusing work without it.


Two acute trusts to appoint ‘group CEO’

Two acute trusts with a history of collaboration difficulties have announced plans to appoint a single “group chief executive” as part of a shared management structure.

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An iceberg of avoidable patient harm

HSJ’s Performance Watch expert briefing is our fortnightly newsletter on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. This week by bureau chief Ben Clover.

Stephen powis

Flagship waiting time target ‘expected’ to be relaxed

Bosses at a trust trialling new access targets “expect” the existing 18-week referral to treatment requirement to be replaced by an 8.5 week average wait — a move experts say would represent a relaxation of standards.

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A dance to the music of winter

HSJ’s Performance Watch expert briefing is our fortnightly newsletter on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. Contact me in confidence here.