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‘Trailblazer’ ICSs needed to pave road for specialised services, thinktank says

NHS England should consider delegating specialist services to matured ‘trailblazer’ Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), a thinktank has said. The report, led by Policy Exchange, suggested that pushing responsibility for services ‘away from the centre and into ICSs’ would allow local leaders to better tailor them to their populations. NHS England is required by the Health […]


Monkeypox: Three cases confirmed in England

Three cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. However, it said there is a ‘very low risk of transmission’ to the general public. UKHSA announced on Saturday that two further individuals have been diagnosed with monkeypox in London, after a previous case was confirmed earlier […]


Sinn Fein and DUP must form government to ‘fix’ health service ‘on the verge of collapse’

Northern Irish political leaders must immediately form a government in order to ‘fix’ a health service ‘on the verge of collapse’, say GPs. The BMA and RCGP issued a joint statement alongside the Royal colleges of surgeons, nursing and emergency medicine, in which they appealed to ‘our newly-elected representatives to put our health service first’ […]


Government rejects proposal for integrated backlog recovery plan

The Government has rejected MPs’ recommendation to adopt a ‘broader’ backlog recovery plan to be delivered by Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and involving services from across the sector. The recommendation had urged the DHSC to pull together an NHS recovery plan that goes ‘beyond the elective backlog’ by April 2022, and called for it to […]


10 Tips for creating a local general practice leadership group

Integrated care is premised on organisations working together. General practice needs to be easy to do business with if it is going to work effectively with other organisations. But presently it is not, because, as any local provider will tell you, it is hard to know who to go to when you want to work […]


Disabled NHS staff nearly twice as likely to enter performance management process

Disabled NHS staff are nearly twice as likely as their non-disabled colleagues to enter the performance management process, NHS England has reported. According to the annual Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) report, disabled staff were 1.94 times more likely to be referred into the formal capability process than staff who are not disabled, up from […]


Queen’s Speech: Reforms to Mental Health Act to curb unnecessary detainment

Newly announced reforms to the Mental Health Act will address the disparate use of the Act to detain people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Delivered via yesterday’s Queen’s Speech (10 May), the Government set out its key plans for the long-anticipated draft Mental Health Act Reform Bill. A main benefit of the draft Bill, it said, […]


Nearly half of Trusts missing cancer diagnosis target, charity claims

Trusts are failing to hit the diagnosis target with more than 65,000 patients waiting longer than four weeks to find out if they have cancer each month, Cancer Research UK has said. According to analysis led by the charity, nearly half (45.5%) of the 143 NHS trusts are not meeting the recently introduced Faster Diagnosis […]


Bristol ICB names GP as its chief medical officer

The Integrated Care Board (ICB) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) has appointed Dr Joanne Medhurst as its chief medical officer (CMO). It comes a week after the Health and Care Bill received royal assent, ensuring ICBs will take over from CCGs from 1 July. As CMO, Dr Medhurst – who is also […]


Two thirds of GPs providing specialist mental health support beyond their competence

NHS pressures mean two thirds of GPs are having to provide specialist mental health support beyond their competence, a Pulse survey has found. Of over 500 GPs surveyed, 70% said they were providing mental health support outside of their competence to children, and 63% said the same for adults. The survey asked GPs about the […]