1. Manchester gets SICK! again

    The SICK! Festival 2019 takes place across Greater Manchester and presents an international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from researchers, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of the issues addressed, explains Jon Rouse
  2. CQC demands trust act as patients wait up to eight days for a bed

    A mental health trust has closed its patient waiting area due to a threat from the Care Quality Commission, which its chief has said will mean people waiting longer in A&E.
  3. FT seeks merger to avoid ‘patient safety risks’

    A mental health trust is preparing to seek a merger or acquisition by another provider in a bid to address its financial challenges, HSJ has learned.
  4. Health minister is moved back to previous role after just two months

    A new health minister has been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care following a cabinet reshuffle this week.
  5. Trusts hire ‘big four’ consultants to advise on joint working

    Two mental health trusts have hired management consultants to look at how they can be more involved in joint working, HSJ can reveal.
  6. Mental Health Matters: 12-hour breaches set to rise

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  7. Revealed: The trusts testing latest round of emergency targets

    New mental health emergency care targets will be trialled across 11 NHS organisations and one social enterprise, NHS England has confirmed.
  8. Provider withdraws services amid contract dispute

    Children with autism have been left in limbo after a private provider withdrew the majority of its services amid a dispute with commissioners.
  9. Mental health and acute trust seek joint chief executive

    A mental health trust and one of England’s worst performing acute trusts have announced they will come together under a “group model”.
  10. Hospital gets draft ‘inadequate’ rating

    One of three high security mental health hospitals in England has received an “inadequate” rating in a draft report from the Care Quality Commission, HSJ can reveal.
  11. CQC threatens enforcement action for ‘inadequate’ hospital

    A private hospital for learning disability patients has been rated “inadequate” and placed into special measures, with the Care Quality Commission finding nine in 10 staff were “unqualified”.
  12. Special measures trust no longer ‘inadequate’

    England’s only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance trust will remain in special measures despite the Care Quality Commission noting improvements. 
  13. North by North West: Going electronic

    Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.
  14. Tripling in support workers substituting for nurses shows practice is ‘the new normal’

    The number of registered nursing shifts being covered by less qualified support workers at an “outstanding” mental health trust has tripled since 2016.
  15. 'Bullying and harassment' at trusts to be targeted by NHSE regional teams

    Cultural issues within NHS trusts will be monitored by NHS England’s regional teams under its new single oversight framework.
  16. Mental Health Matters: Standard hit for the first time

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  17. CQC closes ‘inadequate’ children’s unit

    An NHS children’s mental health unit has been closed down by the Care Quality Commission after being rated “inadequate” earlier this week.
  18. Food review will ‘unclip caterers’ wings’, says chair

    A new government review will aim to stop NHS catering staff feeling “boxed in” and help to “unclip [their] wings”, its chair has told HSJ.
  19. ‘Inadequate’ mental health hospital placed into special measures

    A mental health hospital has been placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors found more than 500 instances of restraint and dozens of unexplained serious incidents.
  20. ‘Unprecedented’ demand leaves thousands waiting two years for specialist service

    Providers of gender identity services say they are not adequately funded by NHS England, with thousands of patients being forced to wait more than two years to see a specialist.