Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

North by North West: ICB small print reveals raft of new treatment restrictions


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Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Skin in the game


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Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Coming up with the wrong answer


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Mary Fleming October 2023

Digitising patient flow is the key to releasing operational capacity


Mary Fleming, CEO, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals FT, writes about the digital solutions undertaken by the trust to tackle patient flow challenges, and thus enhance care, staff wellbeing, and operational efficiency

Mary Fleming

Trust appoints deputy as permanent CEO


A leader who began her career as an admin clerk has been given the top job at an acute trust.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

More trusts discover their buildings have faulty concrete


Thirteen more NHS hospitals have identified a potentially unsafe form of concrete in their buildings, causing closures and disruption to wards.

Emergency, service redesign, A&E

Thirty trusts report more 12-hour waits, despite national improvement


Long A&E waits have got worse at more than one in five acute trusts, despite an improving trend nationally.

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

The Download: Beware costly assumptions about virtual care


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 bureau chief Lawrence Dunhill.


Discharging patients to virtual ward led to near-doubling of costs, study finds


Researchers have found the cost impact of discharging patients to a virtual ward was almost double that of traditional inpatient care.


HSJ’s 10 most-read workforce stories of 2023


As we prepare to part ways with 2023, we’ve taken a look back at the most-read workforce stories of the year.

Adam Doyle

HSJ’s 10 most-read integration stories of 2023


As 2023 turns into 2024, we look at the integration stories which climbed their way up the most-read list this year

cyber security

NHSE warns widely used EPR could pose ‘serious risks to patient safety’


NHS England has issued a national alert to all trusts providing maternity services after faults were discovered in IT software that could pose “potential serious risks to patient safety”.

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Trusts prepare for fight over maternity


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Silas Nicholls CEO

‘Arms race’ between trusts led to ICS’s financial collapse, says CEO


A struggling health system has failed to collaborate on key issues due to a hangover from the ‘clinical arms race’ by its providers, a chief executive has said.

Manchester devolution tapestry

Headcount rise of 4,000 ‘not readily explainable’ by troubled ICS


The hiring of several thousand staff in a financially troubled health system was found to be ‘not readily explainable’ and well beyond the increases reported by similar areas.

Silas Nicholls CEO

Experienced chief moves to fourth trust


An experienced chief executive who ran his system’s “gold command” covid-19 response has been named as the new boss of a teaching trust whose previous leader has moved to Gibraltar.

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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.

Andrew Foster

Tributes after death of ‘strong, fair and compassionate’ NHS chief


Tributes have been paid after the death of a ‘strong, fair and compassionate leader’ who was chief executive of a North West acute trust for 12 years, and previously a director in the Department of Health.

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (Wigan Infirmary)

‘Overheating’ incidents nearly double across NHS estates


The number of overheating incidents in clinical areas reported by NHS trusts has almost doubled over the last five years, with directors saying ageing estates make them vulnerable to extreme weather events.