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

Director of Specialised Commissioning Subjected to Police Investigation

The national deputy medical director and director of specialised commissioning for the NHS has been subjected to a police investigation. Jonathan Fielden will be removed from his daily duties in the meantime, while the General Medical Council has also restricted him from any contact with patients. Fielden had joined NHS England relatively recently, moving into his new position at the beginning of 2016. The director previously worked as a medical director at University College London Hospitals... Readmore

The Welsh NHS Confederation Gloomy on Post-Brexit Recruitment

An assembly committee in Wales has delivered a harsh warning on the potential impact of Brexit on recruitment in the nation. The Welsh NHS Confederation suggests that the decision of the British people to exit the European Union was likely to have a direct influence over the ability of the NHS to recruit professionals. This is particularly true due to the diminishing value of sterling, according to the confederation. Both health and social care systems will struggle to recruit and function... Readmore

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust Welcomes New Chief Executive

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive. Jon Green, the executive chief operating office at nearby West Suffolk Foundation Trust, will make the step up to this esteemed position. This move will become effective in May, with Green replacing Dorothy Hosein. Hosein is moving on to what she described as “new opportunities”. The executive intends to assist other trusts facing similar difficulties to King's Lynn. Queen Elizabeth Hospital... Readmore

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Appoints new Chief Executive

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has appointed a new chief executive. Richard Parker has been promoted from his previous position of nursing director. Parker possesses more than 30 years experience in the NHS. He has worked as the trust’s nursing director since October 2013. Mike Pinkerton previously filled this role, but retired in January after four years with the trust. The trust is expecting an underlying end-of-year deficit of £30 million, excluding £17 million of STP funding,... Readmore

NHS England Chief Questions Private Consultation Services

The chief executive of NHS England has questioned the practice of private consultation services being operated by GPs alongside their usual NHS duties. Dorset Private GP has courted controversy by advertising private appointments, attracting fees of £140. Simon Stevens, though, believes that the scheme is questionable, and pledged an investigation on the matter. GPs that have decided to be contracted to the NHS are not permitted to offer private consultations to register patients. But... Readmore

Hospital Data Reveals Alarming Alert Levels

Analysis of hospital data provided by NHS England indicates that 25% of hospital trusts declared a level three or four alert for the first half of the month of January. The number of high-level warnings signifies extreme pressure that must be considered a cause of concern for healthcare bosses. A level three alert effectively means that patient flow was compromised, with a level four alert indicating that a hospital has been unable to deliver comprehensive care. Official data demonstrates... Readmore

Equality Boss Faces Jail Over £11,000 Fund Diversion

An equality boss in the NHS faces a potential jail sentence after directing £11,000 worth of funds to her husband. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, broke down as she changed her plea on the second day of her trial at Exeter Crown Court. Vasco-Knight Had used over £11,000 of NHS cash in order to pay her husband Stephen for work on and equality and diversity publication. However, the publication in transform was absolutely fictitious, and her husband has also pleaded guilty to fraud. The former... Readmore

Longest-Serving Chief Executive to Take NHS Hiatus

The longest serving chief executive in the NHS will take a period of extended leave. Sir Leonard Fenwick, of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, will step down for an extended period, the board has confirmed. His duties will be covered by business and development director Louise Robson and medical director Andrew Welch. Fenwick hasn't worked for the NHS since joining the organisation as a trainee, aged just 18. No reason has been given for these periods of extended leave,... Readmore

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust Appoints New Chief Executive

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has appointed Sam Allen as its new chief executive. Allen succeeds Colm Donaghy, who is retiring after almost three years at the helm. The new appointee will take up her post from 1st April. Allen had joined the trust back in 2009 and became a member of the board in 2013. She is currently deputy chief executive and executive director of strategy and improvement. It has been noted in the decision to appoint Allen that she has already accumulated considerable... Readmore
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