HSJ Health Check: Weekly analysis of the biggest issues in health policy and leadership, from HSJ's expert journalists. The go to place for an independent, informed and immediate take on health and care news.
Two top CEOs argue ‘hospital groups are here to stay’
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45:20Two of the most successful NHS hospital chief executives – one current, Glen Burley, and one former, Dame Alwen Williams – join the HSJ Health Check podcast, arguing that the sometimes-contentious spread of the ‘group model’ and joint leadership will keep on spreading. The Foundation Group CEO and former boss of Barts Health Trust – one of the mothers of the hospital group model in the NHS – also talk about how to make it work, managing exec time, staying in touch with the front line, and what it means for accountability. And NHS management trainee Brigid McMorrow speaks about her analysis for HSJ which found one in three trusts now have a joint chair and/or CEO, often as part of a group model or a move towards merger. You can read that analysis here: https://www.hsj.co.uk/acute-care/one-in-three-trusts-now-share-ceo-or-chair/7036353.article Hosted by deputy editor Dave West.
The reality behind NHSE's flagship outpatient programme
39:24This week for the first time a study has revealed the number of patients on PIFU pathways has not translated into a significant reduction in follow up appointments. Also, a governance row across some of the biggest trusts in east London, while a major teaching hospital on the other side of the Thames sees its finances explode. With Ben Clover, Annabelle Collins and James Illman
Dentistry’s missing millions
19:43Dental budgets are being raided by ICSs to fund other services in the middle of an unprecedented access crisis. We cover a broken financial system, a discredited contract and increasing political pressure to fix NHS dentistry. Also we review how NHS England is faring on its pledge to increase overall primary care investment.
The specialised commissioning lottery
43:52HSJ recently revealed the dramatic differences in access to specialist medical treatments around the country. We discuss what’s driving this inequality, who is missing out and what big-city trusts are doing to improve access. Also, an update on how the NHS coped during the longest ever junior doctor strikes over Christmas and the New Year and why the planning guidance for 2024 is still yet to be published.
The target no one wants to talk about
30:37Three years ago the NHS was the first healthcare system in the world to set an ambition to become net zero, but it struggles to prioritise this in the face of daily operational and financial pressures. This week we discuss in depth the green targets, progress already made and why, despite competing priorities, they should still be high up leaders’ agenda. Also, an update on what systems are being told to do to cope this winter.
A conversation with the Nuffield Trust's new CEO
37:20This week we’re joined by Thea Stein, who recently moved into think tank world after nine years running an NHS trust. We cover her reflections on her time at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, why she is fed up of “visions” of integrated care and much more interested in the tricky detail, and the radical policies needed to recruit and retain more staff.
How the Fuller abuse inquiry will change the NHS
27:37Leaders at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust have been heavily criticised in an independent inquiry into the actions of former maintenance supervisor David Fuller. We cover the mistakes made by the trust that enabled him to abuse hundreds of bodies in its mortuary over 15 years and what the rest of the NHS must do in response to this horrific case. Also, an update on the government’s pay offer to consultants and why its made the Royal College of Nursing so angry.
How NHSE's new data platform will work
30:06US firm Palantir has officially been awarded the lucrative federated data platform deal, which is one of the biggest NHS data projects in recent years. This week Nick Carding, Joe Talora and Annabelle Collins discuss the controversy surrounding the deal, what the risks and benefits are for the NHS and what’s next in its implementation.
How one trust changed England's A&E model
39:12A trust that gave its name to a controversial A&E policy has seen performance improve significantly, so this week we discuss how North Bristol Trust handled the risks and how quickly its model could spread throughout the NHS. Also, NHSE chief Amanda Pritchard told MPs this week there has been a ”misunderstanding” about productivity in the NHS - we discuss what’s actually going on behind the scenes.