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  1. Through collaboration, flexibility, and compassion we can retain our NHS staff

    With over 5.6 million patients waiting for surgery and the winter flu season nearly upon us, there is an urgent need to keep our NHS staff happy, healthy and in work now, writes Dr Fiona Donald, president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
  2. HSJ podcast: Inequality kills: Why £2.3bn is not enough to rescue mental health

    Health inequalities for those with a mental illness, learning disability or autism have existed for decades and the pandemic has made them even worse.
  3. Provider chief executive to step down

    The chief executive of a major independent mental health provider has announced her departure after leading the organisation out of special measures.
  4. Mental Health Matters: Mind the gap – again

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  5. The NHS needs more leaders who ‘think in systems’

    For all the welcome aspects of the Health and Care Bill, it is culture, not structure, that ultimately determines the quality of health system integration, writes Dr Parth Patel
  6. HSJ podcast: Another winter nightmare?

    On the podcast this week, we look ahead to winter and ask whether NHS England’s 10-point accident and emergency action plan could prevent a crisis.
  7. Mental Health Matters: Scepticism over private hospital’s new rating

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  8. Chief of ‘outstanding’ trust announces retirement

    The chief executive of an ‘outstanding’-rated mental health trust has announced his retirement.
  9. ‘Nightmare’ fuel shortages hit care of vulnerable patients

    Community and mental health service providers have warned the ongoing fuel crisis and other traffic disruption is starting to impact the care of vulnerable patients.
  10. ‘Horrendous’ patient death after staff mistake physical injuries for mental health condition

    A patient died from a serious spinal injury after emergency staff incorrectly attributed his physical condition to his mental health issues, an inquest heard.
  11. Spending review 2021: The case for capital funding

    The upcoming comprehensive spending review should address the need for a multi-year system of capital funding for the NHS, which is essential to keep staff and patients safe and provide the best quality of care, writes Saffron Cordery
  12. HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2021: Mental Health Initiative of the Year

  13. Troubled trust appoints new chair

    A mental health trust which is in NHS England’s ‘recovery support programme’ has appointed a new chair.
  14. North by North West: The legacy of Shipman

    Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.
  15. UPDATE: Four new ministers join DHSC

    Four new ministers have been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care.
  16. HSJ podcast: Why £15.6bn extra spells cuts for the NHS

    The government has announced £16bn more for the NHS — but NHS England is having to curb its ‘long-term plan’ ambitions and considering which of its budgets to shave. This week’s HSJ Health Check podcast explores why.
  17. ‘Everything up for grabs’ as NHS reviews ‘long-term plan’ goals

    NHS England is reviewing the commitments to improve services made in its long-term plan, with senior officials believing many of them cannot be met under last week’s funding settlement and after the damage of the pandemic, HSJ has learned.
  18. Troubled provider sees ‘outstanding’ services downgraded to ‘inadequate’

    A mental health trust already subject to an inquiry into a string of adult patient deaths has had its rating for children’s wards downgraded from “outstanding” to “inadequate”.
  19. Mental Health Matters: Will the new funding package spell the end of parity?

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  20. NHS leaders ‘set for fight’ amid signs mental health will miss out on new funding

    Mental health leaders are preparing for a “fight” over the new NHS funding announced by the government, with senior sources saying none of the new money has been earmarked for the sector.