1. Trust bosses criticise NHS England over hospital closure

    A mental health trust has criticised NHS England’s decision to press ahead with the full closure of a learning disabilities hospital in Lancashire.
  2. 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.
  3. Four non-executive directors resign at troubled trust

    Four non-executive directors at Southern Health Foundation Trust have resigned after a review by the trust’s latest interim chair.
  4. Exclusive: Full £800m NHS 'priorities' fund to offset trust deficits

    About £800m of funding that was intended for mental health, community and primary care will instead be used to ensure the Department of Health achieves financial balance this year, it has been confirmed.
  5. Latest safe staffing guidance unveiled

    Mental health trusts must carry out evidence based reviews of staffing levels to ensure patients are cared for safely, under new guidance from NHS Improvement.
  6. Exclusive: Warning over 'neglected' elderly mental health services

    The president elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned mental health services for older people are being “neglected” and she will make a priority for the college.
  7. Mapped: The areas failing to increase mental health spending

    Data analysed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, shared with HSJ, shows that mental health funding has dropped in four STP footprints as a proportion of the total allocations given to the CCGs in each patch between 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  8. Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

    Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.
  9. Almost half of NHS staff say wards are understaffed

    Almost half of NHS staff say there are not enough of them to do their jobs properly, according to the latest NHS staff survey.
  10. NHS staff survey: Best and worst performing trusts

    The annual NHS survey has shown staff continue to believe the care their trusts provide is safe, with 69 per cent saying they would recommend care at their organisation to a friend or relative.
  11. CQC brings first ever prosecution of NHS trust over safety

    The Care Quality Commission is to bring its first ever prosecution of an NHS trust over an “alleged failure to provide safe care”.
  12. Merger trusts set course for 'significant' service changes

    Two Essex mental health trusts set to merge in April are planning a “significant” service reconfiguration, a report by the trusts revealed.
  13. £190k salaries for leading trust operating officers and finance directors

    Chief operating officers employed by the largest NHS acute trusts could receive almost 70 per cent higher pay than their colleagues working in smaller providers if NHS Improvement guidannce is followed. 
  14. Pay gap between medical and nursing directors widens at largest trusts

    Clinical leadership staff can receive a salary boost of almost 40 per cent for working in the largest acute providers, but pay for medical directors accelerates faster than for nursing colleagues.
  15. The safety branch should also investigate staff harm

    Narinder Kapur suggests that the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch also examine 10 cases a year of death or serious harm to staff arising from workplace issues
  16. Exclusive: Trusts given stricter instructions on reviewing patient deaths

    Every NHS trust will be required to review all patient deaths where a relative or a member of staff has raised concerns about the quality of care, HSJ has learned.
  17. New guidance on police support for incidents on mental health wards

    The memorandum of unerstanding will aim to clarify when the police might take the lead and when they ought to hand management over to care staff
  18. Exclusive: Trust chiefs must sign off CCG mental health spending

    Mental health trust leaders must sign off their commissioners’ spending for the sector under radical new plans to make sure cash is reaching the front line, HSJ can reveal.
  19. Exclusive: Huge expansion of scheme to cut NHS variation

    The Getting It Right First Time programme, designed to reduce unwarranted variation in the NHS, has almost tripled the number of clinical specialities it will work in, HSJ can reveal.
  20. Revealed: Pioneering 'accountable care organisation' delayed

    An integrated provider being set up by a new care model vanguard, which was due to go live in April, has been delayed, commissioners’ board papers reveal.