Independent inquiry called into East Kent maternity scandal
NHS England and Improvement will commission an independent inquiry into maternity services at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, junior health minister Nadine Dorries has announced. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Have your say on chronic hypoparathyroidism
A national survey of management of patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism is being conducted with the support of Parathyroid UK and the Society for Endocrinology by Jeremy Turner and Vivek Sharma.Help improve patient care by submitting data for up to five patients diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism in your institution before August 2019, and seen in your clinic within the last 2 years.In most cases it will make sense to coordinate with your department colleagues to avoid duplication of effort. In cases where there is a defined metabolic calcium lead, it may make sense to pass this survey on to t...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - February 10, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Large independent provider to sell hospital to foundation trust
One of the largest independent providers of mental health inpatient care in England intends to sell a hospital site to its local NHS trust. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nearly 35,000 patients overdue follow-ups at single trust
Nearly 35,000 patients are overdue a follow-up appointment at North Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Six patients with rare blood disease are doing well after gene therapy clinical trial
UCLA researchers are part of an international team that reported the use of a stem cell gene therapy to treat nine people with the rare, inherited blood disease known as X-linked chronic granulomatous disease, or X-CGD. Six of those patients are now in remission and have stopped other treatments. Before now, people with X-CGD – which causes recurrent infections, prolonged hospitalizations for treatment, and a shortened lifespan – had to rely on bone marrow donations for a chance at remission.“With this gene therapy, you can use a patient’s own stem cells instead of donor cells for a transplant,&rdqu...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Greener NHS Campaign to Tackle Climate ‘Health Emergency’
NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens has today (Saturday) announced that the NHS and its staff will step up action to tackle the climate “health emergency” this year, helping prevent illness, reducing pressure on A&Es, and saving tens of thousands of lives. The initiative follows the launch of the Climate Assembly UK this week, which is discussing how the country can best get to ‘net zero’. Health chief Sir Simon Stevens has today announced three steps the NHS will take during 2020 to tackle this problem. First, NHS England is establishing an expert panel to chart a practical route map this year to enabl...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article health Source Type: news

Worst-performing mental health trust NSFT 'still has a way to go'
Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust improves from "inadequate" status but stays in special measures. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Goes Live with Sunrise Acute Care
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is now live with Sunrise™ Acute Care, following one of the most extensive initial deployments for the Allscripts electronic patient record in the UK. The trust went live in A&E and across all of the wards at the Royal Bolton Hospital at the start of October, using a pathway approach. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - January 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Allscripts Business and Industry Source Type: news

First patient for Parkinson ’ s disease trial recruited
The first patient has been recruited for a UK-wide trial into tackling one of the most disabling complications of Parkinson's disease, led by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - January 9, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Gloucestershire Hospitals Announce Significant Sunrise Deployment Post Successful Accelerated Implementation
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with the first elements of its Allscripts Sunrise electronic patient record just five months after signing a contract with the company. The trust was due to start its deployment of the EPR next summer. But it ripped up the schedule to roll-out technology that should help its staff manage the high levels of demand it expects this winter. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - December 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Allscripts Business and Industry Source Type: news

World first cancer treatment at NHS hospital could make chemo 'more effective by using BUBBLES'
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is testing acoustic cluster therapy on patients at its three hospitals in London and Surrey. Karen Childs was the first patient to receive the treatment (pictured). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Do climate changes influence environmental aspergillus fumigatus load at the manchester university nhs foundation trust adult cystic fibrosis centre?
DO CLIMATE CHANGES INFLUENCE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPERGILLUS FUMIGATUS LOAD AT THE MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST ADULT CYSTIC FIBROSIS CENTRE?Conference abstracts (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 16, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: MeganB Source Type: news

Antifungal stewardship experience at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Conference abstracts (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 15, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: MeganB Source Type: news

Psychologists resign from children ’s transgender clinic due to over-diagnosis of gender dysphoria
Thirty-five psychologists have resigned from London’s Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation Trust, as they believe children are being over diagnosed for gender dysphoria and over-prescribed puberty blocking drugs.The Telegraph (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

A place to work: system approaches to workforce challenges in the NHS.
This briefing examines how trusts are working with their staff and local partners to enable the workforce to adapt to new ways of collaborative working. It shares examples of how NHS trusts and foundation trusts have worked together and with partners across the wider system to develop joined-up workforce solutions, support the workforce with system transformation, tackle challenges in recruitment and retention, and address skills gaps. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chief finance officer confirms action on 2019/20 pension tax impacts
The NHS chief financial officer Julian Kelly has written to NHS trusts and foundation trusts to confirm details of the changes to pension tax arrangements designed to prevent clinicians from unduly high tax charges. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Improvement director to take up trust chief job
An NHS Improvement director has landed the top job at a recently merged foundation trust. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Virtual workers predicted to save FT £2.1m in first year
Intelligent automation has saved a foundation trust 27,000 hours of staff time since it was launched in July last year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

FT’s staff survey raised major concerns ahead of chief quitting
Staff at a foundation trust raised concerns in a survey about discrimination and safety reporting, shortly before its chief executive quit blaming the “financial and regulatory environment”. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust: Patients ‘at risk’ as ICS delays new IT system
A foundation trust is warning of “significant risk” to patients because its plan for a £35m IT overhaul has not been approved by its system or regulator. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One NHS patient DIED and another became seriously ill after receiving infected organs
A doctor at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust accidentally cut the donor's stomach during the original procedure. However, the surgeon did not record the incident. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public don ’t want NHS staff outsourced to private companies
The majority of the public (54%) think transferring NHS staff to private companies is unacceptable, according to a UNISON/ComRes poll published today (Monday). The findings also highlight how half (50%) of those polled fear the efficiency of the NHS could be undermined as a direct result of non-medical health employee – including cleaners, porters and catering workers – being outsourced. There has been an increasing trend to transfer staff over to firms outside the NHS, which means they have separate managers as well as different ways of working to those directly employed by the health service. The fi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis health NHS privatisation Source Type: news

Frimley strike postponed as trust agrees  not to continue with privatisation plans, says UNISON
Strike action due to take place tomorrow (Monday) involving porters, security guards, cleaners and catering staff employed at Frimley Health Foundation Trust has been postponed following last-minute talks today (Sunday) between their employer and union UNISON. The UNISON members had planned to walk out for 48 hours this week – starting tomorrow morning – over plans to transfer their jobs to a wholly owned subsidiary company. UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “Following productive discussions with the Trust, UNISON has agreed to postpone the industrial action due ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS staff NHS subcos wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

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. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

FT considered selling on bad debt from private patients
Directors at a foundation trust considered selling on its bad debts from private and overseas patients for collection, board papers reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Heart patients can now be treated at home with intravenous-style drips
Medics at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have found a way to treat patients at home using a device that delivers a drug through a tiny tube into the body 24 hours a day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

My Medical Record: How Do We Spread #HealthTechToShoutAbout?
At its most recent meeting, Highland Marketing's advisory board heard from Kevin Hamer, My Medical Record programme manager at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, about its ground-breaking personal health record. The board, which gave MyMR the #HealthTechToShoutAbout award at the Health Tech Awards 2019, was impressed by its technical architecture and its achievements; and keen to debate how the NHS could be encouraged to take up its approach. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - November 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Trust faces 48-hour strike over subsidiary company plans
Several hundred support staff at Frimley Health Foundation Trust are expected to strike for 48 hours this month, as controversy continues over its proposed subsidiary company. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS workers to strike at three hospitals over privatisation plans
Facilities staff at Wexham Park and Heatherwood hospitals in Berkshire, and at Frimley Park in Surrey have announced dates for strike action, in an escalation of their campaign to stay in the NHS. Their employer Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) plans to privatise up to 1,000 NHS cleaners, caterers, porters, security and estates staff to a new wholly-owned subsidiary company early next year. The trust has so far refused to change its plans, so staff feel industrial action is their only option, says UNISON. UNISON has been campaigning against the creation of subsidiaries UK-wide, believing them to be back-door priv...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NHS privatisation Source Type: news

Leading trust CEO will switch to running ICS
The chief executive of a foundation trust has stepped down to take an expanded role with the North Cumbria Integrated Care System. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Grow your own' a proactive approach to retaining nursing staff
This case study shows how Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust developed an approach to'grow its own'nursing workforce, rather than rely exclusively on recruitment of existing nurses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Providers Deliver Better care for patients and service users
This report is part of a new programme of work from NHS Providers- Providers Deliver - to celebrate and promote the work of NHS trusts and foundation trusts in improving care. Using 11 case studies it considers the leadership approaches and frontline initiatives that underpin improvements in quality. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trust forms company for its Drs in pensions tax workaround
A foundation trust has set up a company with a group of its consultants in a bid to work around the pensions crisis hitting the NHS, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Five new Mary Seacole scholars are unveiled
Five nursing and midwifery specialists were inducted as scholars at this year’s prestigious Mary Seacole awards today (Thursday 24 October) at a ceremony at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. UNISON co-sponsors the awards, which offer an opportunity for healthcare workers to undertake a project, educational or development activity that benefits and improves the health of people from BME communities. Recipients have been working on their projects for the past year, funded by Health Education England, and today is the culmination of all their hard work. The awards are in memory of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican Scottish ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nursing Source Type: news

NHS Health Tech Team of the Year Named
A pioneering NHS trust has been recognised at the 2019 HTN Awards for its innovative work using InterSystems technology to help enhance care for hundreds of thousands of patients. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust was selected by an independent judging panel as the winner of two national awards - Health Tech Team of the Year and, in collaboration with InterSystems, Best use of ePMA, or electronic prescribing and medicines administration. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured InterSystems Business and Industry Source Type: news

SilverCloud Health Marks World Mental Health Day with Major Milestone of More than 300,000 Service Users Treated Through their Digital Mental Health Platform
More than 300,000 people suffering with mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression have now been treated through innovative digital therapy programmes developed as a result of a partnership between Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and SilverCloud Health, the world's leading digital mental health company. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Compass hospital workers take fair pay protest to company ’s Surrey HQ, says UNISON
A coachload of striking Compass workers is today (Tuesday) heading 200 miles south to the company’s Chertsey headquarters to urge their employer to pay them the same as their NHS colleagues, says UNISON. The staff – who work for the contractor at NHS trusts in St Helens and Blackpool – are on the penultimate day of their latest strike action. They’re hoping the doorstep protest will persuade company bosses to end the dispute, which began this summer. The hospital cleaners, caterers, porters, receptionists and security workers have been striking on alternate days since last Monday (14 October) over t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 22, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release fair pay health Source Type: news

Hospital trust rated ‘outstanding’ across the board
Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has become the first non-specialist trust to be rated “outstanding” in all five Care Quality Commission domains. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A Blood Test for Brain Cancer with a Dash of AI Added
Researchers from the University of Strathclyde have developed a blood test that could help to accelerate the diagnosis of brain cancer. The technology uses infrared light to produce a "bio-signature" of a blood sample and applies artificial intelligence to check for the signs of cancer. This research is being commercialized by ClinSpec Diagnostics Ltd, a company spun out from the university in February 2019. The work has now been published in the journal Nature Communications, and also involved clinicians at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, the University of Liverpool and the Walton NHS Foundation Trust...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: IVD Digital Health Source Type: news

High profile CEO to step down next year
Stuart Bell, chief executive of Oxford Health Foundation Trust, has announced he is due to retire next year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lessons from Torbay: The journey to integrated care
Dawn Butler of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Sarah Walter of the NHS Confederation explore what we can learn from Torbay ’s experience as an integrated care organisation operating within a challenged national context. Related items fromOnMedica Respiratory disease: a suitable case for integrated care? Integrated care in Scotland needs to quicken its pace Integrated Care Systems expand to cover one in three patients Integrating to improve the health of people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Are PCNs what we all imagined? (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Major pay boost for trust directors agreed by NHSE/I
NHS England and Improvement are planning a significant pay boost for trust chairs and other non-executives as they seek to tackle the “growing disparity” with foundation trusts. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government bids to control FT capital spending
Foundation trusts will be subject to capital spending limits – further eroding their autonomy – as part of an overhauled approach to planning and approving estates and technology investment in the NHS. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Troubleshooter CEO appointed at FT after sudden resignation
A foundation trust has appointed an interim CEO after its former chief executive announced her shock resignation in an email to staff. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The changing role of community trusts in large geographies
Colin Scales, chief executive of the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, talks about the changing role he sees for community trusts that operate over large geographies, and why his organisation will not exist in its current form in two to three years ’ time Related items fromOnMedica The collaborative approach turning things around Training needed for social prescribing Social Prescribing Link Workers AKA ‘The Glue in Health and Social Care’ Prevention green paper no match for scale of public health challenges nation faces Are PCNs what we all imagined? (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - September 30, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Radiotherapy does not decrease chance of prostate cancer returning, study finds
Scientists from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust looked at 1,396 patients from the UK, Denmark, Canada, and Ireland. The findings are to be presented at a conference in Barcelona. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and CW+ launch innovation programme
Their ambition is to accelerate uptake of innovation and address some of the most pressing challenges the NHS is facing today. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Long-serving chief executive to retire
The chief executive officer of Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust is to retire. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence can diagnose illnesses with as much accuracy as trained doctors, study finds
5The research team at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust analysed 14 trials between January 2012 and June 2019. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news