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CCG hits back at contractor’s ‘wholly incorrect’ bullying claim

A clinical commissioning group has called bullying allegations from one of its contractors “wholly incorrect” — and pointed out they were made after the possibility of a performance warning was raised.

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Virgin Care and NHS partner win £85m contract

Virgin Care and an NHS provider have won an £85m joint community services project.

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Trust locked into legal battle over car leasing scheme

An NHS trust faces delay of around a year before it can bank a £14m windfall after the government decided to appeal a High Court judgment.

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Huge £175m IT deal will cover three prestigious trusts

A major hospital trust has gone to market for a £175m overhaul of its IT systems, with an option to expand into two neighbouring trusts amid merger rumours.

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Trust opens privately-run specialist centre

A hospital trust has announced the opening of its privately-managed orthopaedic centre.

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Trust receives £53m from land sale to local authority

A mental health trust has received £53m from the sale of a large parcel of land to the Greater London Authority.


Teaching trust boasts £76m surplus after asset sales and STF bonus

A teaching trust in central London has been awarded bonus payments of £35m after the sale of two assets, including its stake in a radiology joint venture, helped boost its reported surplus.

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Teaching trust to outsource electives to tackle emergency demand

University Hospitals of Leicester Trust plans to outsource 4 per cent of its elective care workload to ensure it has capacity for emergency demand.

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Over 1,000 staff to transfer to trust subsidiary company

Around 1,100 staff at a teaching trust, including many employed by Serco, are to transfer into a new NHS owned company this summer.

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Trust can 'do no more' as new Carillion hospital faces further delay

An NHS trust badly affected by Carillion’s liquidation can “do no more” to get construction work restarted on its already delayed new £350m hospital, its chief executive has admitted.

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Financial 'breakdown' led to patient safety risks at teaching trust, review finds

Patient safety was put at risk by a “significant breakdown in financial governance” at a large acute trust, an independent investigation has found.

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Mayor calls on government to intervene in stalled hospital build

West Midlands mayor Andy Street has urged ministers for “swift intervention” to help get a stalled hospital project back on track following Carillion’s collapse.


Serco closes in on NHS contract after Carillion collapse

Serco is poised to take over facilities management services at a mental health trust after previous provider Carillion was liquidated.

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Safety concerns over 'Deliveroo type' pharmacy app

Doctors have raised concerns over the safety of a “Deliveroo type” pharmacy app that has been supported by NHS England and NHS Digital.

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Social enterprise takes over children's services

A social enterprise has won a contract to provide all NHS and council commissioned children’s community services in Medway.

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Teaching trust creates subsidiary to turn around 'unsustainable' facilities services

University Hospitals Leicester Trust is to create a wholly owned subsidiary to run its facilities management services as the board has been told current arrangements are “not sustainable”.


Hundreds of children waiting years for ADHD assessments

Up to 800 children have been waiting nearly two years for assessments for autistic spectrum conditions and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in Kent, it has emerged.

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New CCG alliance brings in consultants to review governance

Four clinical commissioning groups that formed an alliance at the start of the year have hired PwC to carry out a review of their governance.

Queen's Hospital Romford

Private provider and NHS trust end cancer partnership

A private hospital group and an NHS trust have ended their partnership running a cancer unit.


Four trusts looking into pharmacy joint venture

Trusts in Berkshire and Surrey are looking at creating a pharmacy joint venture modelled on their existing pathology service.

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Trust executive had 'clear potential conflict of interest' over director role

A foundation trust has changed its structure to remove a “clear potential conflict of interest” for its estates director, who was also head of a wholly owned estates company that held contracts with the trust.

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Trust names preferred company to run private wing

A London hospital trust has named the preferred bidder to operate its private patient unit.


Revealed: Plans for 'new towns' on hospital sites

Two large scale developments on hospital sites in south London are being considered, documents obtained by HSJ reveal.

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Trust hires consultancy for 'disaster' IT system inquiry

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has asked consultancy firm EY to carry out an inquiry into its £14m digital health record system labelled a “disaster” by consultants.


CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm

Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator.

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New company to take 'aggressive' approach to foundation trust estate

A London foundation trust has established a subsidiary company to rationalise its estate and encourage a more commercial approach to generating revenue and capital receipts from its 125 sites.


Trust stuck with unexpected £5m patient transport bill

A hospital trust was left with an unexpected £5.6m bill for non-emergency patient transport after commissioners underestimated the cost, a report has revealed.


Troubled CCG sacked finance staff for 'approving unauthorised pay rises'

A clinical commissioning group sacked two accountants after they were found to have signed off unauthorised pay increases.

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Review finds 'significant issues and risks' around trust's IT infrastructure

A major acute trust’s IT systems, including a system introduced in 2015 to “revolutionise” its patient records, are set to be overhauled and replaced in the new year.


NHS trusts forced to find new transport services as firms exit market

London hospital trusts have been forced to bring patient transport services in house or re-tender them as incumbent firms exit the market.

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Trust fined £600,000 for late payments of supplier

A £412m turnover hospital trust has been fined more than £600,000 over the late payment of a supplier in the last three financial years.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Exclusive: Trusts cancel estates deal over company's Grenfell link

Two NHS trusts have abandoned a procurement process due to concerns about the preferred bidder’s link to a contractor on Grenfell Tower, HSJ has learned.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Hospital sent patient data to USA by mistake

Patient data held by a hospital trust was erroneously sent to and stored on a company’s server in USA, amid problems with a new electronic patient record system.


Housing developer offers to build new hospital for struggling health economy

A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.

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Exclusive: Foundation trust relied on Lloyds Bank loan to pay staff

A London foundation trust was relying on a working capital facility from Lloyds Bank to pay staff each month, documents released to HSJ reveal.

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Trust awards £300m orthopaedics contract to US firm

A Shelford Group trust has awarded a £310m contract to an American company as part of a ‘ground breaking partnership’ for orthopaedic work.


Trust seeks £15m for naming rights of new building

A specialist hospital is looking for £15m for the naming rights of a new treatment and research centre.

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Trust agrees patient data deal with DeepMind

Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust is set to roll out an app developed by artificial intelligence firm DeepMind, after signing a five year contract with the Google owned company.

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Exclusive: CCG resists Virgin Care demands for more money

Virgin Care has demanded more money for a controversial prime provider contract it signed with commissioners in Staffordshire last year, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Trust pursuing foreign government in court over unpaid debt

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust is taking legal action against the Libyan government over unpaid debt, HSJ can reveal.

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Leaders of major hospital worried over £30m owed by private patients

One of the world’s most famous hospitals is owed more than £30m by international private patients, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust, private providers and GPs form alliance

A community trust in Yorkshire is setting up an alliance with local GPs and two private primary care providers to deliver accident and emergency streaming services.


STP teams up with Capita to set up accountable care system

A sustainability and transformation partnership in the East Midlands has recruited Capita to help with the creation of its accountable care system.

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Exclusive: Trust to sell land to quango

A trust in the West Midlands has signed a deal to transfer its surplus land to the Homes and Communities Agency.

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'Exemplar' trust first to move patient records to the cloud

One of the country’s leading digital trusts is moving its core clinical system on to Microsoft’s cloud service, as more trusts consider outsourcing IT services.

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Trusts to team up with private company to unlock capital

Two NHS trusts in the North West are planning to form a strategic estates partnership with a private company to unlock new sources of capital funding.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Major hospital estates project reviewed over 'value for money' concerns

Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s ambitious £150m “health campus” plans have been put under review.


Trust forms estates joint venture with private firm

A London mental health trust has appointed a commercial group to its strategic estates partnership.

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CCGs avoid tender process with £57m contract award

Two incumbent community providers have been named as the lead contractors for a new £57m out of hospital services model proposed for Coventry and Warwickshire.

York Hospital

Trust could set up estates company to increase savings

York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust is considering setting up a limited liability company to manage its estate and facilities services to help save money.

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Exclusive: Teaching trust in talks over estates payout with Bahamas registered company

A major teaching hospital trust is in legal negotiations with a company registered in the Bahamas over a land deal.


Hospital rebuild plan depends on extra private patient income

The business case for a proposed hospital rebuild depends on its medical consultants carrying out more of their private work at the site, the trust’s board has heard.

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Trust working with aviation performance experts to wipe out DTOCs

One of England’s largest teaching hospitals is working with an aviation performance specialist to reduce delayed transfers of care to zero.

Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Teaching trust seeks bidders for outsourced elective work

A large teaching trust is seeking bidders for up to £25m worth of outsourced services including elective surgery as part of contingency plans to cope with increased demand.

Contract 3x2

Virgin Care and CCG in dispute over changes to £270m contract

A Midlands clinical commissioning group is locked in a contract dispute with Virgin Care over a controversial “prime provider” contract awarded last year, HSJ has learned.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, South London Healthcare NHS Trust

Exclusive: Circle signs trust's wish list to mitigate impact of new contract

Circle Health has agreed to a set of actions designed to reduce the financial impact of a new musculoskeletal care contract on the incumbent provider trust, HSJ has learned.

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Outstanding FT sets up subsidiary firm to save at least £3m

A mental health trust rated outstanding is setting up a subsidiary company that it hopes will make £3m of recurring back-office savings a year by 2018-19.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

More leadership turnover at major hospital trust

The chair of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Louise Scull, has said she will step down later this year. The news comes just weeks after chief executive Peter Homa announced his retirement.

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Trust to take back 1,500 staff after halting £200m private contract

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust will terminate a five year, £200m estates and facilities contract with Carillion by 1 April.

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Foundation trust predicts £7m increase in private income

Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust is predicting a significant spike in private income in 2016-17, its board papers reveal.


Trust shortlists firms for strategic estates partnership

A mental health and community services trust has named the shortlisted bidders to run its strategic estates partnership.

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Major children's services contract awarded to independent-led partnership

A partnership of non-profit and NHS providers have been awarded a multimillion pound contract to provide children’s community services in the South West.

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Trust seeks to terminate £200m contract

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust will look to terminate a five year, £200m estates and facilities contract with Carillion amid concerns over poor standards.

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Virgin wins contracts worth £65m

Virgin Care has been awarded two five year contracts to provide community and urgent care services for a clinical commissioning group in Lancashire.


Commissioners to take over leading CSU

A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.


Second trust to take on Epic as electronic patient record supplier

University College Hospitals London Foundation Trust is set to be the second trust to pick Epic as its electronic patient record supplier.


Company 'disappointed' to give up patient transport contract after seven months

Coperforma, the company which is handing back its Sussex patient transport contract, has said it is “disappointed” but has not commented on a critical inspection report.


Updated: Patient transport firm to relinquish contract after CQC concerns

An independent patient transport provider is to hand back a £63m contract to the NHS, as it was revealed the Care Quality Commission has served six improvement notices on it.

Financial spreadsheets

New plan for troubled trust assumes £37m financial improvement

An NHS trust in financial special measures is now planning to deliver £37m of financial improvements by the end of the financial year.

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Trust's radiology information system crashes for nine days

A trust has said it has no plans to pull out of its contract for a troubled radiology information system, shortly after its leaders considered terminating the deal early.

Mop and bucket

Nurses forced to clean wards after private company fails to improve

Nurses at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust are having to clean wards after cleaners from a private company in order to maintain standards, the trust board has said.


Hospital cleaning company faces loss of £200m contract over poor standards

A privately provided cleaning contract worth £200m will be discussed by board members at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust this week amid “significant concerns” over standards, HSJ has learned.

Social care

Commissioners insist Virgin Care will make no 'margin' on Bath contract

COMMERICAL: A CCG and council in the South West have claimed Virgin Care will make no “margin” on a community services contract it has been chosen as the preferred bidder for.

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Private provider beats trusts and GP federation to community contract

COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has been named preferred provider to provide adult community services in the south of England as part of an alliance contract, ahead of a bid from local trusts and a GP federation.


Virgin Care preferred bidder for £69m community services contract

COMMERCIAL: Virgin Care has been selected as preferred bidder to provide community services in Bath and north east Somerset covering a current annual expenditure of £69.2m.


Concerns new GP alliance will 'adversely affect' services

PRIMARY CARE: A GP has resigned following the procurement of a primary care contract that merges three Sunderland practices.


Trust to close ward after commissioners refuse to fund it

COMMERCIAL: Lewisham and Greenwich Trust is to close a 13-bed ward after commissioners insisted that there was no need for it, according to board papers.

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Hospital trust considering link with Royal Marsden for private work

COMMERCIAL: A hospital trust is considering a link-up with the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust for private work, board papers reveal.

Contract 3x2

CCGs win legal battle over Virgin community contract

COMMERCIAL: Kent clinical commissioning groups have won a legal bid to lift the suspension of a contract they awarded to Virgin Care.

Macclesfield district general hospital

Trust takes 'unviable' HR service back in-house

East Cheshire Trust is to bring human resources services back in house, after its commercial partner declared its outsourced contract was no longer commercially viable.

Contract signing

CCGs back down in face of private firm's competition challenge

COMMERCIAL: Commissioners in a £55m competition dispute have backed down and agreed to extend a contract with the spurned incumbent provider.

Liverpool seafront

'Unworkable' primary care contracts put out for re-tender

COMMISSIONING: Twelve primary care contracts in Merseyside have been put out for re-tender – including 11 contracts held by troubled provider SSP Health.


CCGs head to court to overturn Virgin contract suspension

COMMERCIAL: Two clinical commissioning groups are going to court to overturn a contract suspension obtained by a local trust.

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Bexley CCG looks to make diabetes savings

COMMERCIAL: Bexley Clinical Commisioning Group is looking for ways to make savings in diabetes care, after problems agreeing a contract with providers.

London streets

Community provider wins work in another London borough

COMMERCIAL: Central London Community Health Trust has taken over the provision of adult community health services in Harrow borough.


Single bidder kept in race for children’s services contract

Consortium of NHS and social enterprise bidders is single bidder for children’s community services contract in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset

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Mental health trust expands into Abu Dhabi

COMMERCIAL: A leading mental health trust has opened specialist services in Abu Dhabi.

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Pioneering private hospital ‘requires improvement’, says CQC

PERFORMANCE: A high profile private hospital in Kent has been rated “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, with its surgical services criticised as “inadequate” for safety.

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First NHS trust makes move into home care market

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is to become the first health service organisation to enter the home care market.


Fear of competition rules stopped council pooling social care budget

A council in the South West decided against pooling its social care budget with the local clinical commissioning group because it was concerned it would fall foul of competition regulations.


Private firm may have been only bidder for £12m a year contract

COMMISSIONING: The company in charge of patient transport services in Sussex may have been the only bidder for the £12m a year contract, HSJ has learned.

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Community services face shake-up as CCGs go solo

RECONFIGURATION: Adult community services in Surrey face a shake-up next year with clinical commissioning groups choosing to work alone rather than commissioning across the county.

Blackpool lights

CCG looks into spike in spending with private provider

FINANCE: Commissioners in Blackpool are investigating a sharp increase in activity and costs with a private provider, despite GP referrals only rising slightly.

Camden Town, north London

London CCG pursuing prime provider model for MSK

A London CCG is commissioning a musculoskeletal contract with capped costs.

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£270m Virgin Care contract delayed

COMMISSIONING: A £270m community services contract between Virgin Care and East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been delayed for a month.

Whitby in Yorkshire

FT beats private provider to delayed £45m contract

COMMERCIAL: Hull based Humber Foundation Trust is the new provider of a delayed £45m contract to run community and out of hours services in Whitby.

Bristol Children's Hospital

Exclusive: Bristol acute trust eyes community services bid

COMMERCIAL: One of Bristol’s acute trusts is in discussion with a mental health trust and two social enterprises about teaming up to bid for a children’s community services contract in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.


Trust challenges decision to hand contract to private firm

COMMERICAL: An NHS trust has challenged commissioners in Lancashire over the awarding of community equipment contract to a private provider.

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Trust warns of ‘significant’ quality and safety risks if private provider keeps contract

COMMERCIAL: The loss of a £126m contract to another provider could cause multiple staffing and patient care issues, a trust has said.

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