NHS Bosses Call for Pay Cap to be Lifted to Ensure Safety

NHS bosses have indicated their belief that the pay cut for staff working within the NHS must be lifted in order to ensure patient safety. NHS Providers suggests that the current pay situation in the NHS is causing severe recruitment and retention difficulties. As it stands, pay rises are limited to 1% annually between now and 2019. But NHS Providers has called on whichever party wins the imminent general election to reassess the decision immediately. The Labour Party has stated that... Readmore

St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust Faces Estate Scrutiny

A new £200 million estates plan will attempt to ensure that a struggling foundation trust is fit for purpose. St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust constructed this formal strategy at the behest of NHS Improvement, following a sub-par performance in a Care Quality Commission inspection. Indeed, the commission issues a warning notice to the trust for breaches in regulations related to safe and fit premises; one of the most damning assessments that the commission has conducted... Readmore

New Director Appointed at NHS Improvement

Mark Hackett has been appointed as an improvement director at NHS Improvement. The new director has an excellent grounding in NHS affairs, being a former trust chief executive. Hackett has surprisingly quit his prominent role at University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust last year. But he will now attempt to assist Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and East Kent Hospitals University FT on behalf of the watchdog. East Kent Hospitals University FT has experienced financial difficulties... Readmore

Alexandra Hospital Trust Appoints new Chief Executive

One of the more troubled trusts in the NHS system has announced a new chief executive in an attempt to improve its operations. Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust will replace controversial outgoing chief executive Phil Morley with Lance McCarthy. The appointee formerly worked as the Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust before its merger with nearby Peterborough Hospital this month. McCarthy will assume his new role in May, after Morley announced his retirement following 35 years... Readmore

Five Board Level Jobs Available in Huge Mental Health Trust

The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs. Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move. The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years. Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September. Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief... Readmore

NHS Digital Appoints New CEO

NHS Digital has appointed Home Office chief technology officer, Sarah Wilkinson, as its new CEO. Wilkinson is currently the chief digital, data and technology officer at the Home Office. She will join NHS Digital later this year, replacing interim CEO Rob Shaw, who has been holding the fort since Andy Williams retired at the end of March. NHS Digital chair Noel Gordon welcomed Wilkinson to the team. “Sarah brings vast experience of implementing complex technology projects, alongside... Readmore

Number of NHS Managers Grows by 18% in Four Years

Official data suggests that the number of NHS managers has grown by nearly 20% over the last four years. And this is particularly damning for the authorities, as the Conservative administration had previously introduced policies intended to reduced the level of bureaucracy in the health service. In April 2013, Jeremy Hunt had unveiled the Health and Social Care Act; considered controversial in some quarters. However, there has been an increase of 4,650 total management posts since this date. Observers... Readmore

Skills for Health Announces New Chair Appointment

Skills for Health has announced that Jeremy Newman has been appointed as the new Chair of Skills for Health and Justice and will take over from Chris Hannah on the 1st April. John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health and Justice commented on the new appointment, welcoming Newman to this important and prestigious role. “We are absolutely delighted that Jeremy has been appointed as our new Chair at such an exciting time of growth for our organisation; when our influence and value is being... Readmore

RCGP Chief Executive Neil Hunt to Step Down From Post

The Chief Executive of the Royal College of General Practitioners will step down from his position, following six years in the role. It has been officially confirmed that Neil Hunt will move on from his current duties in due course. Hunt's tenure has generally been considered a success, and the news of his leaving the position brought tributes from colleagues. Leaders at the college have particularly proclaimed his role in campaigning for a rise in GP funding, something that has been achieved... Readmore

Former Hospital Trust Chief Executive Handed 16-Month Suspended Jail Sentence

A former hospital trust Chief Executive has been handed a 16-month suspended jail sentence. Paula Vasco-Knight, formerly the head of South Devon Foundation Trust, pleaded guilty to fraudulently paying her husband in excess of £11,000. She was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court. Her husband had also pleaded guilty to fraud, and was given a 10-month suspended sentence, with both jail terms suspended for two years. Vasco-Knight was ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service, with... Readmore

Mental Health Trust to Become First to be Prosecuted

A mental health trust has become the first to be prosecuted under legislation drafted following the Mid Staffs scandal. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust will be taken to court after a patient sustained serious injuries during a fall from a low roof at Melbury Lodge, Royal Hampshire county hospital, Winchester, in December 2015. The trust has been accused of failing to provide adequate care and treatment, and in failing to prevent what was avoidable harm. Other patients who weren't harmed... Readmore

Probation Officer Jailed for Fabricating Qualifications

A former probation officer has been jailed for two years after he fabricated qualifications. Jon Andrewes, 63, claimed to have two PhDs and a Master’s degree, and earned over £1 million working within the NHS system. Yet Andrewes was only in possession of a higher education diploma in social work and a teaching qualification. Andrewes falsely claimed to have acquired a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a PhD in ethics management from Plymouth University,... Readmore
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