Children's Services

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Maternity scandal trust calls in senior clinician to lead review

A trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal is calling in an “external senior clinician” to review how it has responded to concerns raised by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology four years ago.

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‘Inherently risky’ children’s cancer service to be overhauled after HSJ revelations

Children’s cancer services in south London are to be reconfigured after a new review confirmed they represented an “inherent geographical risk to patient safety” — following HSJ revelations last year of how serious concerns had been “buried” by senior leaders.

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‘Widespread vacancies’ putting vulnerable children at risk

“Widespread vacancies” and a lack of child protection roles in NHS organisations are putting vulnerable children at risk, a report has found.

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Outrage at NHSE decision to delay new medication reviews

People with learning disabilities or autism will continue to suffer “serious side-effects” amid further delays to a national programme aimed at stopping overuse of medicines to control their behaviour, a former national clinical director has warned.


‘Overstretched’ services unable to meet ‘challenging’ needs of young refugees

“Overstretched” children’s mental health services in the South East will be “unable to meet the challenging needs” of the increasing numbers of young unaccompanied asylum seekers arriving in the region, according to regional managers.

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Baby died after trust failed to diagnose heart defect

“Serious failings” have been found at a foundation trust where a six-month-old baby died because his heart defect was not diagnosed, despite multiple opportunities to do so.

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Children’s flu programme back on track after delays

Officials have restarted the distribution of a Flu vaccine for one million children following “concerning delays”.

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New triage process helps struggling service cut waiting list by 30pc

An overhaul in the pathway for a flagship mental health service in Birmingham has led to a 30 per cent decrease in its waiting list since June.

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Trust rated ‘good’ two years after merger

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has achieved a “good” rating overall following its first Care Quality Commission inspection as a single organisation - down from the “outstanding” held by one of its predecessor trusts.

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NHSE to investigate ‘back of a fag packet’ procurement

NHS England has agreed to investigate concerns raised by an MP about a clinical commissioning group’s procurement of children’s autism services following a request from the health and social care secretary.

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Commissioner admits ‘minimal’ oversight of problem service

Serious safety concerns over a children’s autism service went unaddressed for at least two years, despite an admission from commissioners that the services were “not fit for purpose”.


HSIB to stop maternity investigations by 2021

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will stop carrying out external maternity incident investigations by 2021, handing them back to the NHS, HSJ has learned.

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Panel to scrutinise children’s services as safety concerns grow

NHS England has set up an independent board to scrutinise inpatient mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for children and young people, amid growing safety concerns nationally.


Most maternity incidents linked to not acting on fetal heart rates

Staff failing to act on abnormal fetal heartbeats during labour was the most common contributing factor in cases where babies were born with brain damage and referred to NHS Resolution’s new early notification scheme, it has emerged.

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Woman’s sepsis death linked to 111 after red flags not recognised

A 73-year-old woman died after the NHS 111 helpline failed to recognise her symptoms as a sign of sepsis, in the latest death linked to the Pathways system.

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Trust takes over specialist service after row

A mental health trust is to take over a contract for children’s autism services following a dispute between a private provider and local commissioners.

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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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'Bullying and harassment' at trusts to be targeted by NHSE regional teams

Cultural issues within NHS trusts will be monitored by NHS England’s regional teams under its new single oversight framework.

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Warning over NHS 111 role in teen’s death

The NHS has faced fresh calls to make changes to its 111 service after a coroner blamed its triage system for confusing a 17-year-old who later died.

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Hundreds of patients at risk amid major delays to IV feed supplies

Hundreds of patients, including children, dependent on intravenous nutrition to keep them alive are experiencing delays in vital deliveries, because of restrictions placed on the manufacturer by the medical devices regulator.