Healthcare assistants hit by high covid-19 death rates
Nursing auxiliaries and associates are one of just three job groups which have seen significantly higher covid-19 death rates, according to new analysis from Public Health England. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Watchdog rebukes Hancock over ‘inadequate’ covid-19 test statistics
Covid-19 test data published by the government is “inadequate” and falls “well short” of the code of practice for statistics, according to a watchdog. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CQC: Threefold increase in learning disability deaths
Deaths among those receiving learning disabilities services in England have tripled during the coronavirus outbreak, new data published by the Care Quality Commission suggests. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHSE set to require ‘named coordinator’ for 2m people shielding
New guidance leaked to HSJ indicates that the two-million-plus people shielding from covid-19 may be given a named care coordinator, while some NHS staff will upskill so they can provide a mixture of checks and advice on a single visit. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS looking to block-book private hospitals for another two months
Health chiefs in London are hoping to extend the block-booking of private hospitals for NHS patients for a further two months, HSJ understands, with some pushing for even longer. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

City Hall challenge for NHS London service shakeup plan
A London Assembly member has written to Sadiq Khan expressing concern about the lack of consultation about Sir David Sloman’s ‘fundamental’ overhaul of the NHS in the capital. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Huge drop in overseas nurses
The number of overseas nurses who joined the UK nursing and midwifery register on a permanent basis fell dramatically in April — but a large number signed up to work during the covid-19 crisis under special rules. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS England ‘knew nothing’ of change to shielding guidance
The primary care director of NHS England was kept in the dark about the relaxation of the shielding guidance, HSJ has learnt, despite the changes having a significant impact on GP workload and the advice offered to patients. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: PPE demand set to balloon as lockdown relaxed
Demand for personal protective equipment in London is expected to increase dramatically as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, according to internal modelling. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospitals blocked from ordering more than 150 critical care products directly
Hospitals have been blocked from ordering dozens of critical care products through normal channels because of an ”exceptional increase in national demand.” (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lockdown contributed to three children taking their own lives, says CCG
The pressures of lockdown were thought to be a contributory factor in three young people taking their own lives in Kent and Medway, a clinical commissioning group has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS ordered to rush out ‘meaningless’ covid antibody tests ahead of PM’s deadline
NHS pathology labs have been given just two days to roll out thousands of antibody tests, amid a push to reach a covid-19 testing target set out by Boris Johnson. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital rated ‘inadequate’ following allegations of abuse by staff
Patients in an independent mental health hospital were not being protected from abuse, the Care Quality Commission has found. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock says trusts must decide on paying for covid overtime
New guidance agreed by the NHS and unions suggests staff should always be paid for overtime work during the coronavirus pandemic – but stops short of making it compulsory. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Ward Round: The virtual frontline
Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping ... (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Disputes over NHS capital projects ‘inevitable’ after pandemic
The NHS faces ‘inevitable’ disputes over delays to capital projects caused by covid-19, a senior construction expert has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dentists set to resume face-to-face care
Dental practices are being told to reopen from 8 June for all face-to-face care if they have necessary infection control and PPE, in a letter from NHS England’s chief dental officer. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HSJ Weekly Catch Up: Matt’s stats and apps, and a blow to Devo Manc
Your essential update on health for the week — this week focused on the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Performance Watch: What covid's done to capacity
HSJ’s Performance Watch expert briefing is our fortnightly newsletter on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. This week by bureau chief Ben Clover. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock pledges more transparency over testing figures after watchdog’s concern
Matt Hancock has pledged further transparency over the daily number of covid-19 tests after the UK’s statistics watchdog highlighted concerns about the figures reported by the government. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scandal-hit maternity service rated ‘requires improvement’
A maternity department at the centre of an inquiry into baby deaths has been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS staff’s ‘personal responsibility’ to avoid misuse of covid-19 app
Staff must take “personal responsibility” to avoid misuse of the contact tracing app when working in areas that places them close to covid-19 patients, according to an official leading a trial of the technology. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Officials investigating ongoing coronavirus surge in hospitals
Officials are investigating ongoing pressure from covid-19 patients in hospitals in the East Midlands, while several other parts of England have seen high death rates persisting. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PM sets 24-hour test turnaround target - but no deadline
The prime minister has set a target of 24 hours for turning around covid-19 test results – but refused to give a deadline for when this will be achieved. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

North by North West: New leadership ‘cells’ and turbo-charged integration
Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CQC: Fears covid restrictions caused opiate addiction deaths
Problems with dispensing drugs during the covid-19 crisis may be contributing to an “apparent increase” in deaths of patients receiving treatment for opiate addiction, the Care Quality Commission has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHSE waits on 1,700 practices just days before GP contract deadline
Three quarters of GP practices have now “confirmed or provisionally confirmed” they will opt in to 2020-21’s controversial primary care network contract — although national leaders are still waiting for 1,750 surgeries with just days until the deadline. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

US data mining firm working on deaths data contract
A US data mining firm is involved in a mortality tracking programme with NHS commissioners, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Updated: US data mining firm looks to expand NHS role
A US data mining firm has offered NHS England two covid-19 tracking programmes in conjunction with local commissioners, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital stops admitting patients following covid spike
A Somerset hospital has stopped admitting new patients- including to the A&E department -  following a spike in coronavirus cases. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust chiefs lead unprecedented criticism of ‘disgraceful’ Cummings
Three trust chief executives have openly attacked the Prime Minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings for allegedly flouting the lockdown rules. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lockdown stops one in four adults getting mental healthcare
One in four adults have not received the mental healthcare they need during the pandemic, while those with serious illness are reporting ‘much lower’ well-being levels compared to others, Public Health England has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lockdown stops one in four adults getting mental health care
One in four adults have not received the mental health care they need during the pandemic, while those with serious illness are reporting “much lower” well-being levels compared to others, Public Health England has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HSJ Weekly Catch Up: Not so appy, the unequal toll and prevention takes centre stage
Your essential update on health for the week — this week focused on the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Four trusts pull back from commercial pathology option
Trusts across Kent and Medway have drawn back from changes to pathology services which could have led to greater centralisation and even outsourcing. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cardiac cases back to 'normal' levels as overall A&E attendances edge up
The number of cardiac patients attending emergency departments is this month higher than a baseline drawn from previous years, as overall attendances continue to rise following the record drop-off since the covid-19 outbreak, official data suggests. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cardiac cases back to “normal” levels as overall A&E attendances edge up
The number of cardiac patients attending emergency departments is this month higher than a baseline drawn from previous years, as overall attendances continue to rise following the record drop-off since the covid-19 outbreak, official data suggests. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS workforce plan at risk as covid scuppers overseas recruitment
The first year of the government’s plan to significantly boost the NHS workforce has been hit by a significant fall in international recruitment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Asymptomatic people will have to self-isolate after contact with covid-19 cases
People will be asked to self-isolate for two weeks even if they are asymptomatic after coming into ‘high-risk’ contact with a person who has tested positive for covid-19 – a testing chief has told NHS executives. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS landlord frees up space for 1000 beds to help covid-19 response
Previously unused space with room for 1,000 beds has been re-opened to help give trusts extra capacity during the covid-19 pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS landlord frees up 1,000 bed-capacity to help covid-19 response
Previously unused space with room for 1,000 beds has been re-opened by an NHS property company to help trusts with extra capacity during the covid-19 pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lack of social distancing in NHS staff social areas alarms national chiefs
National leaders have said healthcare workers must do better on social distancing amid growing evidence that staff-to-staff transmission is the significant factor in the spread of coronavirus throughout hospitals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients shun video in favour of telephone and messaging
Only a fraction of patients are accessing GPs through video systems, despite a huge shift to remote consultations. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HSIB sped up investigations amid coroner’s concern
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has changed its processes after it was criticised by a coroner for taking too long to complete its investigations into the death of a newborn baby – and potentially holding up improvements within the trust involved. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Recovery concerns as most ICUs still well above normal capacity
Dozens of intensive care departments are still running well over their normal capacity – in some cases more than double – weeks after the peak of demand, figures seen by HSJ reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: Antibody study finds ‘unexpected’ highest covid-19 infection rate in young adults
Young adults aged between 17 and 29 were the most common age group of people infected with covid-19 in what public health officials describe as an “unexpected” finding of a major new population study, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Constrained’ covid testing means some may ‘miss out’
‘Constrained’ coronavirus testing capacity means that some people may miss out, despite the easing of eligibility restrictions, an NHS chief has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government bailout coming for major hospital redevelopment
The government is expected to have to bail out a major hospital redevelopment within the next few weeks, HSJ has been told. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘No arbitrary thresholds’ if ICUs get overwhelmed
Intensive care clinicians would be asked to prioritise patients for ICU care on an individual basis and not face “arbitrary clinical thresholds” in the “very unlikely” event that units are severely overwhelmed at a regional or national level, according to new guidance. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS England sets new covid-19 spending rules
Spending on staff, testing, high-risk patients and aftercare is set to increase across the health service — but covid-19 capital funding will now require national sign off — according to new NHS England spending rules. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news