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    Inquiry into trusts’ care failures probes 1,500 deaths


    The first ever public inquiry to cover mental health is now probing nearly 1,500 fatalities linked to services in a single county, the senior psychiatrist leading it has revealed, saying it will ‘hold systems’ feet to the fire’ over care failures.

  • North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

    Troubled provider sees ‘outstanding’ services downgraded to ‘inadequate’


    A mental health trust already subject to an inquiry into a string of adult patient deaths has had its rating for children’s wards downgraded from “outstanding” to “inadequate”.

  • North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

    Trust fined £1.5m after patient deaths


    A mental health trust has been fined £1.5m following a prosecution by the Heath and Safety Executive over failings related to 11 inpatient deaths.

  • Matthew Leahy

    NHS England director backs tighter recruitment checks


    NHS England’s national director for mental health is considering asking trusts to look at their recruitment processes, after discovering her own trust had hired a nurse who previously falsified a care plan.

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    Police close corporate manslaughter probe into trust


     A mental health trust will not face charges of corporate manslaughter, the police have said following a probe into the deaths of 25 patients.

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    Trust spend on compulsory redundancies rises by 8pc


    Trust spend on compulsory redundancies increased by 8 per cent — or £3.3m — last year, analysis reveals.

  • Nick Hulme

    Hospital hit A&E target by 'making staff bothered', says CEO


    Making staff “bothered” about the four hour metric and recognising it was a “quality standard not a performance target” was the main driver behind a struggling hospital’s accident and emergency performance recovery, a senior trust chief has told HSJ.

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    70 trusts working with NHSI to boost workforce retention


    Seventy NHS trusts have now been recruited by NHS Improvement to its programme to improve workforce retention rates in the health service.

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    Teaching trust to exit special measures after four years


    An NHS hospital trust in special measures for the last four years – longer than any other provider – has finally made sufficient improvement to be lifted out of the regime.

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    Cancer services hit by raft of senior resignations


    Three senior oncology resignations create ‘significant risk’ at Mid Essex The three Essex acute trusts launch wider review of cancer provision across their health economy Trust has ‘stabilised’ service in ‘the short term with agency locums’ A general hospital’s oncology department has been hit by three senior resignations ...

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    Inquest prompts police probe into inpatient deaths


    Police launch probe into patient deaths at acute adult inpatient unit The Essex Police probe is investigating whether there is a criminal case to answer over the deaths of patients at the Linden Centre, now run by Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust Seven patients have died at the unit ...

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    New merger trust sets out five year savings plan


    New Essex mental health provider must deliver £43m of savings over next five years Essex Partnership University FT focusing on back office shake-up ahead of major service reconfiguration Trust has a £8.6m control total for 2017-18 Essex’s new mental health provider trust must deliver £43m of savings over ...

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    Trust merger confirmed to go live next month


    South Essex Partnership University and North Essex Partnership University foundation trusts have had their long awaited merger approved.

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    Merger trusts set course for 'significant' service changes


    Essex mental health trusts plan huge shake-up if merger goes ahead First year would focus on governance changes and back office cuts Trusts hope new clinical model could be in place in April 2018 Two Essex mental health trusts set to merge in April are planning a “significant” ...

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    Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust


    Each trust placed in one of four categories based on the level of support they require from NHS Improvement Trusts will be formally categorised next month as part of the regulator’s new “single oversight framework” Thirty-five out of 238 trusts will have “maximum autonomy” See every rating in the ...

  • Nick Hulme

    STP to appoint new chair


    Suffolk STP footprint searching for chair days before submission deadline for plans Nick Hulme to remain as STP’s senior responsible officer Chair deemed necessary in light of Mr Hulme’s role as chief executive of two trusts in the patch The Suffolk and north east Essex sustainability and transformation ...

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    South East trusts target April merger


    Two Essex mental health trusts set out merger timetable Organisation will have new name: Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust Trusts will discuss final business case in November before regulators scrutinise deal Two Essex mental health trusts are aiming to merge by April under a new name, according to ...

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    Hundreds left waiting for vital mental health assessments


    Eight trusts in April failed to hit the new early intervention in psychosis standard of treating people within two weeks of being referred In England, two-thirds of patients began treatment within the new government target Out of 1,222 patients waiting to be assessed ahead of treatment, 770 had already ...

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    Revealed: Trusts borrow millions to pay for redundancies and beds


    Papers released by the Department of Health show trusts have borrowed hundreds of millions of pounds to pay suppliers, make redundancies and increase bed capacity.

  • Clare Panniker

    Three trusts could set up 'single leadership' team


    System leaders looking into the potential for three Essex trusts to establish “single leadership” team to run “group model” Back office and clinical support functions could be shared to cut costs The trusts are part of the Essex success regime Plans for three Essex trusts with combined revenues ...