NHS doubles covid test ‘capacity’ in three days as T&T looks set to hit 500k target
Test and Trace looks likely to hit its 500,000 daily covid testing target, after declaring huge leaps in NHS labs capacity over three days.  (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Ward Round: Fall in training set to have major impact on future workforce
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 - October 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Liverpool admissions flatten as covid accelerates in Manchester, Yorkshire and Notts
Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire are now seeing the highest numbers of new coronavirus cases in hospital, while Liverpool Cheshire and Merseyside – hit early in the second wave — has seen a drop in new cases in recent days. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Private children’s unit shut down after CQC safety concerns
A privately run child and adolescent mental health unit has been closed permanently, with its residents moved elsewhere, after concerns were raised about their safety. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ambulance chiefs tell hospitals it's 'not acceptable to delay transfers' due to covid
Ambulance bosses say patients are being put in ‘dangerous’ situations, as tighter infection control measures and busy emergency departments have left them waiting up to three-and-a-half hours to be transferred. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS chiefs warn ‘lives at risk’ as covid pressure delays ambulance handovers
Ambulance bosses say patients are being put in ‘dangerous’ situations, as tighter infection control measures and busy emergency departments have left them waiting up to three-and-a-half hours to be transferred. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third of covid care home deaths in one region
A third of all covid deaths in care homes in England over the past three weeks have been recorded in the North East and Cumbria – with Sunderland a particular hotspot, new data has revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Teaching hospital’s new boss leaves ‘after 57 days’
A new site chief for King’s College Hospital left the organisation shortly after joining, amid significant turnover in the foundation trust’s executive leadership team, HSJ  has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Major hospital trust cancels electives as covid soars
One of the biggest hospital trusts in England will imminently cancel some elective operations, as covid-19 admissions rise steeply in Yorkshire. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs vote overwhelmingly to form England’s largest CCG
The seven clinical commissioning groups in north east London will merge by April 2021 after GPs in the health system voted overwhelmingly in favour of the move last week. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Discharge rules a ‘risk to patients and should change’
National hospital discharge policy could pose a ‘risk to patients’ because local areas may treat it as a ‘target’, two major patient groups have said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust warned by CQC sees fourth inpatient death following ‘humongous’ tech problems
A fourth suspected suicide has occurred at a mental health trust which was recently warned by the Care Quality Commission after three other similar inpatient deaths in quick succession, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust warned by CQC sees fourth inpatient death following ‘humongous’ IT problems
A fourth suspected suicide has occurred at a mental health trust which was recently warned by the Care Quality Commission after three other similar inpatient deaths in quick succession, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

North by North West: Military levels of discipline
Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Yorkshire covid admissions surging
Hospital admissions with covid in the North East and Yorkshire region will soon outstrip the North West if current trends continue, NHS data shows. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Pandemic exposing managerial ‘skills deficit’
The pandemic is threatening to expose a skills deficit among NHS managers, research exclusively shared with HSJ  warns. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

McKinsey hired to help review of NHS tech leadership
The consultancy McKinsey was hired to work on a significant NHS technology review and paid nearly £600,000 for the work, newly released documents show. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

McKinsey hired to review NHS tech leadership
The consultancy McKinsey was hired to work on a significant NHS technology review and paid nearly £600,000 for the work, newly released documents show. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The trusts with the highest proportion of covid patients
Charts showing covid-19 occupancy of hospital beds, by trust and by STP. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: CQC launches criminal investigation into medication incidents at major acute trust
A major acute trust has confirmed the health service inspectorate has begun a criminal investigation into three incidents at its hospitals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Taxpayers cash could be used to fill hole created by fall in NHS private work
Taxpayers may have to make up for millions of pounds lost in NHS private patient income during the covid pandemic, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HSJ Weekly Catch-up: Graze boxes, hidden waits and plane tickets to the Middle East
Your essential update on health for the week. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: Full picture of how covid is hitting hospitals in the north
The most comprehensive picture so far of how covid’s second wave has hit the NHS in the north of England is revealed in new figures obtained by HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: 22 junior doctors under investigation after covid outbreak
A trust is carrying out an internal investigation after two junior doctors developed covid following an offsite event attended by 22 juniors where social distancing rules were allegedly ignored. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS faces winter with ‘2,000 less’ beds than last year
The NHS has ‘significantly less’ beds now than last winter and parts of the system ‘don’t have enough’, a NHS England and Improvement director has admitted. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CQC reveals some patients have spent a decade in seclusion
The Care Quality Commission has called for ‘ministerial ownership’ to end the ‘inhumane’ care of patients with learning difficulties and autism in hospital – after finding some cases where people had been held in long-term segregation for more than 10 years. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust accused of ‘racism, discrimination and bullying’ as staff partnership halted
The staff-side committee of a major hospital trust has stopped working with its leadership, with its chair alleging an ‘endemic’ culture of ‘racism, discrimination and bullying’. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Recovery Watch: ‘Stay away patients’ are causing alarm
Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The new Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chair of scandal-hit trust stepping down ‘to do more work in the Middle East’
The chair of troubled East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is to step down next spring. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UPDATED: Another Yorkshire trust suspends electives
Another Yorkshire trust has suspended non-urgent elective care following a large rise in covid admissions. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More trusts cancel surgery as covid patients hit spring levels
At least two further acute trusts are postponing substantial planned surgeries, with one of them saying it has as many covid-19 patients as it did at its peak in the spring. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts plan three-way merger
The board of one of England’s smallest trusts is expected to take the next steps towards a merger with two neighbours. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Public satisfaction with NHS maternity and A&E soars during pandemic
Public satisfaction with NHS hospital services has soared during the coronavirus pandemic despite the widespread cancellation of operations, the rapid switch to digital delivery and restrictions on visits, according to an exclusive analysis shared with HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Leak reveals hundreds of 12-hour A&E breaches for mental health patients
New data has revealed for the first time that hundreds of mental health patients are waiting more than 12 hours in London’s emergency departments. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Reviewer ‘felt bullied by CCG’ over findings on young man’s death
An independent review found that commissioners’ investigation of a young boy’s death was ‘mismanaged’, and heard allegations that the person who coordinated it was bullied over the contents. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust in NHS ‘poor and diminishing’ among communities hit hardest by covid
There is growing distrust for the NHS and government in communities that are of fundamental importance to the national effort to counter covid, according to research by NHSX. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: South East sees ‘striking’ levels of excess deaths at home
Parts of the South East saw “striking” levels of excess deaths occurring in people’s homes between July and October. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Thousands of NHS staff excluded from race equality standard
Thousands of the lowest paid workers in the NHS are being excluded from data collected for the NHS workforce race equality standard, potentially skewing trusts’ results, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midlands sees sharp increase in covid admissions and deaths
Hospital admissions and deaths have risen sharply in the Midlands over the past week, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS data. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS staff offered snack box or a ‘commemorative badge’ for covid efforts
A clinical commissioning group which is making redundancies has polled staff on whether they would prefer a thank you card from senior management or a “Graze-type snackbox” as recognition of their work over the last six months. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Police given access to Test and Trace data on those told to self-isolate
The contact details of those who have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace are to be passed to the police on request, in a move that has alarmed senior health figures who are concerned it will undermine confidence in and co-operation with testing regime, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS spend on tech, estates and workforce to be overseen by national procurement 'councils'
A major consolidation of NHS procurement has been outlined by NHS regulators which will include steps to address “gaps in our collective abilities” such as how to negotiate effectively with suppliers. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Major procurement shake-up to address ‘gaps in capabilities’
A major consolidation of procurement decisions has been outlined by NHS regulators, as well as training programmes to address “gaps in our collective abilities” in areas such as negotiations with suppliers. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HSJ Weekly Catch-up: Short-lived electives, perfect storms and missing champions
Your essential update on health for the week. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts dismissive of ‘unsuitable’ Nightingales
Senior leaders have expressed concern that Nightingale hospitals in the North of England will not be suitable for patients during the covid-19 second wave, despite their remobilisation. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: The private hospitals handed the largest covid-19 contracts
Circle Health and Spire Healthcare were handed the largest contracts to provide extra staff and capacity to the NHS at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wards rated ‘inadequate’ treble in a year
Inspectors are finding more evidence of poor care in inpatient wards for people with a learning disability or autism, with the proportion of these services rated as ‘inadequate’ more than tripling in a year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS seeks £10bn covid deal with private hospitals
Private providers have been asked to apply to a new procurement framework worth up to £10bn, from which NHS organisations will purchase additional capacity for up to four years. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health nurses can reduce A&E trips, new study finds
Sending a mental health nurse and a paramedic to people in mental distress has dramatically reduced the number taken to A&E in a pilot scheme. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news