Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

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Revealed: The worst trusts for long discharge delays


The trusts with the most patients waiting at least a week after they are ‘ready’ to be discharged can be identified for the first time, following publication of new NHS England data.


Third of largest trusts do not know their carbon footprint


More than a third of the largest NHS trusts are still unable to state the size of their full carbon footprint, despite it being three years since the national plan for ‘net zero’ was established.

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Revealed: Trusts underperforming on infant mortality


The number of trusts outperforming their peers on infant mortality has fallen, according to a national audit.

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CEO of double-merger trust targets ‘powerful’ shift to out-of-hospital care


England’s largest integrated trust is aiming to transform its acute services on a scale comparable to the move away from mental health institutions to community-based care, its CEO has told HSJ.

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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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Harm caused by long cancer waits to be investigated by ICB


Commissioners have begun a ‘serious incident review’ across their integrated care system after early indications showed patients may have suffered harm due to long waits for cancer treatment.


Exclusive: the trusts offering thousands of staff inferior pensions


Trusts are regularly denying staff employed by their wholly owned subsidiary companies access to the NHS pension and providing them with schemes which are significantly less generous.


Nurse strike to hit at all but one of region’s hospitals next month


Nurses at every acute trust in the South West except one will strike next month, under further action announced by the Royal College of Nursing.

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Ex-police chief to chair struggling trust


A former police chief has been appointed chair of England’s most under-pressure ambulance trust.

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Trusts appoint joint CEO


Two coastal trusts embarking on a new leadership model have appointed a joint chief executive.

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GP contract change needed, says CEO of integrated trust


Changes are needed to national GP contracts in order to deliver better integrated care, according to the chief executive of trusts spanning acute, primary and mental health services.

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Hospital picks new private partner after firm’s sudden liquidation


An integrated trust has appointed a new provider of its diagnostic centre following the collapse of Rutherford Health in June.

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Revealed: NHS England’s list of trusts with worst elective and cancer problems


Almost a third of acute trusts have been identified by NHS England as being ‘at risk’ of missing key targets for electives and cancer recovery, with some facing ‘periodic calls between ministers and CEOs’, HSJ can reveal.

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GPs reject joining trust in favour of ‘John Lewis’ model


A GP surgery is believed to have become the first practice in England to switch to a ‘John Lewis’ ownership model after rejecting the prospect of joining its local integrated NHS trust.

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Exclusive: ‘Outrageous’ long A&E waits for mental health patients increase 150pc


Mental health patients who arrive at emergency departments in crisis are increasingly facing ‘outrageous’ long waits for an inpatient bed, with some being forced to wait several days.

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West Country Chronicle: Trust’s ‘unique’ private model boosts elective recovery


From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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Trusts left with valueless company shares given in exchange for patient data


Several NHS trusts are reviewing their data-sharing agreements with a technology company after their shares in the firm were rendered currently worthless following its financial collapse

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West Country Chronicle: Trust in talks to hire staff from 'game-changing' centre


From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.

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UPDATED: Cancer provider collapses despite NHS catch-up drive


A private cancer diagnostic and treatment provider which last year signed a ‘game-changing’ elective recovery deal with an NHS trust has collapsed and is set to be liquidated.