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  1. UPDATE: Four new ministers join DHSC

    Four new ministers have been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care.
  2. 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.
  3. ‘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.
  4. 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”.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. West Country Chronicle: ‘Reasonable grounds’ for disciplinary investigation against trust chiefs over bullying

    From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.
  8. ‘Significant unresolved issues’ at mental health trust years on from scandal

    There are still “significant unresolved issues” at Southern Health Foundation Trust which has not “reached the standards expected”, a report has found, six years after its leadership was heavily criticised in relation to major care failings.
  9. Tory council review challenges use of ‘profit driven’ private hospitals

    A review which examined the deaths of three vulnerable patients has challenged the continued use of “profit-driven” private hospitals by NHS commissioners.
  10. NHSE hires trust chief as national director

    NHS England has hired a retiring trust chief as national director for learning disability and autism.
  11. Concern raised over death of five patients seen remotely by GPs

    Patients being assessed remotely in general practice, rather than face-to-face, has been raised as a risk in reports on five deaths by a single coroner since the pandemic hit.
  12. London Eye: Forgetting the war that’s still happening

    Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.
  13. North by North West: Coming back from crisis

    Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.
  14. DHSC hires new deputy chief medical officer

    Jeanelle de Gruchy, Association of Directors of Public Health president, is expected to be named as a new deputy chief medical officer later today.
  15. HSJ Value Awards 2021: Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative

    This project aimed to increase IAPT psychological therapy access and recovery rates for BAME communities in primary care by developing small grass roots voluntary sector organisations into fully accredited IAPT providers. Because the voluntary sector organisations selected were embedded in our African/Caribbean, Orthodox Jewish and Turkish speaking communities, the model...
  16. HSJ Value Awards 2021: IT & Digital Innovation Award

    OneLondon is transforming the capital’s health and care services through the joining up of information to support faster, safer, more effective care for Londoners. The implementation of a shared care record for London gives clinicians a mechanism to see a joined-up picture of a person’s health and care information, available...
  17. HSJ Value Awards 2021: Digital Clinical Transformation Award

    The digital pathway helps people with severe mental illness to plan and manage their own care, supported by a platform that brings all the tools together in one place. This allows the patient to dynamically interact with the people and organisations involved in their care and to move seamlessly between...
  18. Police raised multiple concerns to regulator about hospital

    Police raised concerns to the Care Quality Commission over the care at a private hospital after being called eight times by a patient, a report has revealed.
  19. Mental Health Matters: Serious intervention or empty threat?

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  20. CQC removes ‘inadequate’ rating from key services

    Inpatient wards at a mental health trust which were rated “inadequate” earlier this year have shown improvement, the Care Quality Commission has said.