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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.

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    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”.

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    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.

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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.

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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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    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: Trusts in mix for millions in digital funding


    Fourteen mental health trusts in contention for digital funding Six trusts will receive £5m each Announcement on more acute trust digital exemplars and an area-wide exemplar also expected soon Fourteen mental health trusts are vying to secure up to £5m of central funding as part of the digital ...

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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 ...

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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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    Exclusive: Official index reveals tech leaders and laggards


    New assessment gives clearest picture yet of NHS’s digital maturity, experts tell HSJ HSJ analysis shows overall scores for all trusts on digital index NHS England warns against using data as a league table A new NHS England assessment of “digital maturity” across the NHS lays bare significant ...

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    Revealed: First digital maturity index scores in full


    This is a full list of trusts’ scores on the new digital maturity index, based on HSJ analysis of NHS England data.

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    Essex success regime chair appointed


    Anita Donley named as independent chair of the mid and south Essex success regime Dr Donley is an acute care consultant at Plymouth Hospitals Trust Anita Donley has been appointed as the independent chair of the mid and south Essex success regime, HSJ can reveal.

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    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 ...

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    Virgin Care wins Kent community contract


    Virgin Care wins £18m a year, seven year contract to provide community services in Kent Incumbent Kent Community Health claims it scored higher on quality in assessment process Commissioners say “Virgin Care represents best opportunity to improve adult community services” COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won a contract to ...

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    Essex merger candidate faces £126m income drop


    South Essex Partnership University FT could see income fall below £200m within four years, review says Forecast drop would be the result of losing existing contracts up for renewal in coming years The trust is in merger talks but says it will not make a decision until late 2016 ...

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    Chief executive of trust in merger talks resigns


    North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust chief executive Andrew Geldard has resigned.

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    Clinicians raise concerns over IAPT as trusts set out merger drivers


    Clinicians in Essex are worried about commissioners’ plans to send patients previously referred to secondary mental health professionals to a less specialised service, the chief executive of one of the trusts involved has told HSJ.