Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has uncovered a “perfect storm” of factors behind a sharp spike in its accident and emergency attendances after polling its patients.
NHS organisations are to be forced to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in senior positions or face contractual and regulatory consequences.
A proposal by Gateshead, Newcastle North and East and Newcastle West CCGs to merge has been approved by NHS England.
Monitor is seeking to save millions of pounds by increasing its internal team of troubleshooters to reduce its reliance on consultants.
The narrative around competent leadership for equality and inclusion has increasingly become deficit based, woolly and an add-on to core NHS work.
Hospital chains have captured the attention of many as a new way of organising the health service. Jennifer Trueland explores the experiences of some trusts.
Strong leadership and good clinical engagement are the essential qualities for turning around failing trusts, chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards has said.
The Care Quality Commission has scaled back its inspection ambitions for the rest of 2014-15 as it seeks to ease pressure on its hard pressed workforce and struggles to recruit enough high calibre staff.
Hospitals, GP practices and care homes could see pre-inspection notice periods trebled under a new Care Quality Commission (CQC) approach.
Stacey Tipler, an NHS worker who played an integral role in a fraud that saw more than half a million pounds drained from a world leading cancer hospital has been jailed for four years.
Junk food could be off the menu in hospital canteens and overweight doctors and nurses encouraged to take part in weight loss competitions, under plans floated by Simon Stevens.
Following a number of pilot trusts undergoing new look acute hospital inspections, Kieran Walshe and colleagues assess what has changed and what needs improvement in the revised approach.
Thousands of patients at Whipps Cross University Hospital – run by Barts Health Trust, have had their clinic appointments put back after a series of clerical and computer errors.
University Hospital of North Staffordshire is to recruit 300 nurses over the next year.
A clinical commissioning group leader is planning to stand as an MP in the next general election.
Sickness absence is costing the NHS around £1.5bn a year, NHS Employers has claimed as new analysis reveals that hospital managers and doctors have some of the lowest rates.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) appear to be split over whether to penalise providers for breaching planned treatment targets as they seek to clear backlogs over the summer with government cash.
Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust is expanding its roster of satellite sites with a new ophthalmology clinic on the Olympic Park site
NHS England is to cut hundreds of posts and is likely to carry out a major restructure of its 27 area teams over the next nine months
New Department of Health guidance reveals hospitals will get the chance to check and challenge plans to cut emergency admissions drawn up for the government’s £3.8bn better care fund.
Labour will accuse David Cameron of misleading the public over his plans to privatise the NHS in England and call for contracts putting the service ‘up for sale’ to be frozen until after the general election.
Nursing staff costs are a major expense for any hospital trust, but while the role of ward based nurses is well understood, a large proportion of the nursing workforce is employed as non-ward based nurses. These diverse roles are often
With an increasing recognition of the squeeze on NHS services, attention is turning to the legality of provider policies on rationing expenditure. But the approach has been well tested and should continue
A former head of financial accounting at two NHS bodies in East Sussex has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison after being found guilty of defrauding the health service out of £2.2m.
The number of times GP surgeries in England are forced to turn away patients for appointments next year will pass the 50 million mark, the Royal College of General Practitioners has said.
Most cancer and end of life care services in Staffordshire are unlikely to change providers following a £1.2bn contract procurement
A reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment across north east London and West Essex that will see two major hospitals host one specialism each was given the green light by commissioners last week.
The NHS Trust Development Authority is undertaking “urgent work” to investigate the “unexpectedly high” demand for acute services that has seen winter pressures continue into the summer.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has lodged a High Court claim against auditing giant Grant Thornton in a bid to curb potential losses from the regulator’s imminent legal clash with its former deputy chief executive
Two judicial reviews to block the dissolution and downgrade of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust have been rejected by the High Court.
NHS pathology staff at Northampton General Hospital will be returning to work on Monday after a settlement was reached over a long running contract dispute.
Clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway may be forced to continue using a patient transport service that is failing to hit its targets because of the terms of its contract.
The Labour party has warned that mental health patients are facing an “alarming” postcode lottery in services.
The Department of Health plans to establish its own fraud investigation function by poaching senior officers from NHS Protect, shrinking the national body’s size significantly as a result.
A review into an acute trust’s “unacceptably poor” accident and emergency waiting time figures concludes that primary care capacity in the region must be used in order to reduce pressures on A&E departments.
The NHS hospital run by private provider Circle has been forced to withdraw an offer to pay local GPs a £50 ‘administrative fee’ for surgery referrals, claiming the proposal had been ‘misunderstood in some areas’.
University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust whose services are threatened by a major shake up of acute care in Greater Manchester, has called for a ‘flawed’ consultation on the plan to be suspended.
Patients should expect ‘inevitable’ greater waits in accident and emergency departments, The Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have warned.
The number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary over financial concerns increased almost tripled in a year.
Acute providers have recognised their relative lack of power to make pay savings in a post-Francis world – dramatically undershooting last year.
English hospitals have reduced the amount they expect to save on wage bills this year, as they focus on cutting costs in other areas and boosting income.
Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust this week received an overall rating of “requires improvement” from the CQC following an inspection by the care regulator.
A campaign group has called for its local hospital to be run by a private company or another trust if its last ditch attempt to keep consultant led maternity fails.
Three MPs in Enfield have backed a seven year campaign by a GP to enter what they argue is the London borough’s “inadequate” primary care market
More must be done to address the “crisis” in the number of family doctors working in the NHS, leading medics from the British Medical Association have said.
Lack of money is no excuse for poor care, the health secretary has insisted after HSJ analysis revealed trusts placed in special measures following the Keogh review predict a collective deficit of almost £140m this year.
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The leading hospitals ‘buddied’ with failing trusts under the special measures regime received some £1.5m to cover their costs last year.
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