Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust boss joins ‘service failures’ private provider

A former NHS chief executive has taken up a senior executive role for a large independent provider whose NHS-funded services have seen major quality failures.

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NHSE warned of ‘inaccurate’ and ‘unethical’ investigation into man’s death

An independent investigation into the death of a man with autism and learning difficulties in NHS care may never be published in full as his sister has rejected several drafts as inaccurate, telling NHS England they were ‘totally unethical’.

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‘Unfit’ unit to be replaced with new £38m hospital

An outdated mental health unit will close next month after a new hospital was given £38m in government funding.

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Former charity director made trust CEO

The acting chief executive of a mental health trust has been given the job on a permanent basis.

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NHS launches biggest central patient record programme since NPfIT

Seven trusts have been selected for a new centralised approach to buying major IT equipment in a bid to “accelerate” digitisation across the health service, HSJ has learned.

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Trust hopes to cut bill for private care by buying rehabilitation centre

A mental health trust is hoping to buy a former rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers to provide extra capacity and avoid sending patients into the private sector.


Trust seeks ‘urgent financial support’ to meet demand for services

A trust has warned it needs ‘urgent financial support’ from its local integrated care systems to cope with unprecedented demand for children’s services.


Manager leaves after allegedly using lucrative shifts for gym trips and shopping

A manager has left a mental health and learning disabilities unit after allegations they booked themselves in for lucrative shifts but used the time for online shopping and gym trips.

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Trust urgently upgrades A&E security after increased attendance by acutely ill mental health patients

A trust has had to enhance security after an increase in the number of acutely ill mental health patients — including children — attending its emergency departments.

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Trust criticised for slow action on ligature risks

A trust has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for failing to take action quickly enough after two patient deaths at a unit described as ‘not fit for purpose’.


Two deaths at 'not fit for purpose' unit sparks CQC action

The Care Quality Commission staged an unannounced inspection after two deaths at a mental health unit which it had condemned as “not fit for purpose.”

Half of flagship new care models made no savings - evaluation

Half of NHS England’s flagship new care models for mental health did not make “significant savings”, an independent evaluation has suggested.

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Revealed: The trusts testing latest round of emergency targets

New mental health emergency care targets will be trialled across 11 NHS organisations and one social enterprise, NHS England has confirmed.

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‘Breakdown of trust’ at provider blamed on ‘unhelpful views and behaviours’

Relations between an NHS trust board and its council of governors broke down amid a “them and us” environment, an independent review has found.


NHSE sets first targets to cut BME disciplinary cases

The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.

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Concern as council cancels integration deal

A council’s decision to withdraw from joint working with a mental health trust could lead to a model of delivery which is “uncoordinated and duplicative” for patients, the trust has warned.

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New care model pilot quietly dropped

A planned new model of care pilot for child and adolescent mental health services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex has been quietly shelved.

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Harnessing technology to support people living with dementia

Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust’s project installed a network of internet enabled devices in the homes of people living with dementia with the aim of supporting them, and won the HSJ Awards 2018 for Improving care with technology

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Trusts get land sale benefit days before ban

Two hospitals have significantly boosted their headline financial performance by completing a £43m land sale just days before new regulations would have prevented this.