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NHS waiting times - the long and short of it

07.08.14

Following secretary of state Jeremy Hunt's speech calling for NHS hospitals to clear their backlog of patients waiting for more than a year for treatment. While the FTN and its members welcome the funding, we must recognise that this approach has limitations. Read on...

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The future of NHS trusts

14.07.14

FTN chief executive discusses the future of NHS trusts. Read on...

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You get what you pay for — a different approach to the 2015/16 NHS tariff is crucial

10.06.14

Chris Hopson says we need a realistic approach to setting the 2015/16 NHS tariff, highlighting three ways of addressing the projected gap. Read on...

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Simon Stevens’ sustainable strategic vision for the NHS

03.06.14

Chris Hopson reflects on Simon Stevens' recent interviews and early speeches, saying that he is using the freedom he has to think and act on his own terms o stimulate fresh thinking in a way that resonates with FTN members. Read on...

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NHS providers face mounting financial and staffing pressures

29.05.14

NHS providers are worrying how to keep the quality of patient care high as resources are squeezed. Read on...

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Quality and safety must determine our targets

06.05.14

Clinical priorities and patient choice should drive our decisions when setting waiting time targets, says Chris Hopson. Read on...

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Making the better care fund even better

08.04.14

Last Friday (4 April) was the deadline for the submission of better care fund plans. Chris Hopson discusses how well this planning process has worked so far. Read on...

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Sir Stuart will know the value of local leaders

21.02.14

FTN chief executive Chris Hopson says asking Sir Stuart Rose to lead a review of NHS leadership could end up being an inspired choice, and the FTN looks forward to working closely with Sir Stuart as he conducts his review. Read on...

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What will 2014 bring for the NHS?

06.01.14

2013 was an annus horribilis for the health service, but this year offers an opportunity to prepare for the challenges ahead. Read on...

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The NHS: planning to meet an extraordinarily difficult challenge

12.12.13

A perspective on the forthcoming NHS planning round from the chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network Read on...

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Promising progress and continuing challenges for the CQC

28.10.13

With last week’s publication of their new transparency data and their appearance before the House of Commons health select committee, it’s a good time to consider the achievements of and ongoing challenges for the Care Quality Commission. Read on...

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Signs of a shift in public views of NHS service reform?

15.10.13

New polling data from Ipsos MORI, commissioned for the FTN’s 2013 annual conference and exhibition in Liverpool, may have spotted a change in public opinion. Read on...

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The real challenges of NHS finances - you get what you pay for

15.10.13

The NHS has to stick within its financial envelope. But we need an open and honest, rigorous and evidence-based, debate about what really is possible within that envelope, rather than what we wish were possible within it Read on...

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Give troubled trusts the right to support and improve

27.09.13

Jeremy Hunt was right last week to talk about no stone being left unturned in the improvement of patient care. The Francis reports have, rightly, changed the game: the NHS can no longer focus on balancing finances and meeting access targets (important though these are) at the expense of patient care. Last week’s announcement on the special measures regime began to explore what the NHS should do when quality falls below required standards and what makes an effective quality failure regime. Read on...

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Health and social care integration: how do we make it work?

18.09.13

International best practice suggests successful, patient-focused integrated health and care systems share 11 common features Read on...

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The A&E £500 million: the devil is in the detail

08.08.13

The FTN strongly welcomes today’s announcement of an extra £500 million for accident and emergency services. It shows that the Government has listened to the concerns of NHS trusts. Read on...

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Berwick review is an important intervention

07.08.13

The Berwick review into patient safety in the NHS is, unsurprisingly, an impressive and thoughtful piece of work. Professor Don Berwick’s keynote address to mark the NHS’s 60th anniversary in 2008 is rightly regarded as a superb intervention in the debate over NHS reform. Read on...

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We cannot let the NHS slip backwards

16.07.13

Standing back from the day-to-day you can see the long-term trend of major NHS improvement. responding to NHS England's call to action is a good way to build on those achievements. Read on...

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A&E funding is a catch-22

24.05.13

Getting the funding right is essential to ensuring A&E departments can provide safe, high-quality care. We need Monitor and NHS England to quickly agree that change is needed and to find a new approach. Read on...

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Is the NHS really that bad - what does the evidence show?

08.05.13

The Care Quality Commission's annual inpatient survey suggests that the negative press is by no means all justified Read on...

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A&E needs a sticking plaster as well as an overhaul

03.05.13

Yesterday’s HSJ exclusive showed the vast majority of A&E Departments have missed recent targets. What does this mean for patients? Read on...

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It's the frontline experience that counts in the NHS

05.04.13

This week, the Government’s NHS reforms will come into force. David Nicholson said they are so big they can be seen from space. But on the frontline in Trusts across the country patients, the public and staff will not notice anything different this week, or even a week or month later. Read on...

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Hunt, health and airlines – half right and half wrong?

28.03.13

The Francis Report has quite rightly prompted reflections on the effectiveness of the safety culture within the NHS but how helpful is Jeremy Hunt’s recent comparison of the NHS and an airline? Read on...

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The NHS must improve the way it handles patient complaints

27.03.13

Complaints offer an early warning system that trusts can use to identify pockets of poor care Read on...

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Is the NHS safe....in the hands of the competition commission?

06.03.13

The publication of the Francis Report has dominated this year’s headlines. But alongside the report’s publication, and relatively unnoticed, was another announcement that could also be highly significant for the future of the NHS. Read on...

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Evidence, not newspaper exaggeration, should direct debates about care quality

06.02.13

The Sunday Telegraph’s page one lead story on 13 January said: “Seventeen NHS hospitals have dangerously low staffing levels, according to rulings by the official safety watchdog ie”. Read on...

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Quality of care is an issue we all need to face up to

30.01.13

The NHS has made considerable improvements in the past decade, with demonstrable leaps in performance including reducing waiting lists and improving access times. However, there remain pockets of practice where the quality of patient care is unacceptable. Read on...

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Hunt's mandate moment

13.12.12

Does the new NHS mandate hit the mark? Read on...

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NHS Trust Chief Executives have one of the toughest jobs

15.11.12

The people in the hottest seat around need more support Read on...

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“We Can Work it Out” Not “Help!”

22.10.12

The Foundation Trust Network’s first annual conference and exhibition this week goes under the banner ‘Transition and Transformation’. Over 500 delegates will be gathering in Liverpool, home of the Beatles, to consider the seismic shifts that are affecting the NHS at the moment. Read on...

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C is for Culture - not Control

16.10.12

It is rather apt that the former Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who has now taken over the Health portfolio, spoke about culture in his first public foray at the Conservative party conference last week. Read on...

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Enterprise in the NHS given a freer rein

01.10.12

Ten years ago everyone warned that NHS foundation trusts – hospitals, mental health, community and ambulance organisations that have greater independence from central Government control - were the start of privatising the NHS. How wrong they were. Read on...

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Monitor and FT Sustainability Thinkpiece

21.09.12

Last week, some people expressed surprise at the statement by David Bennett, Chair of Monitor, that 11 Foundation Trusts are in financial difficulties. This shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone since, as the post statement Monitor press release pointed out: "Monitor has placed 11 Foundation Trusts in significant breach of their terms of authorisation on financial grounds. These decisions were taken and announced at various points over the last three years". The announcement on Friday that Monitor is to take formal action at Sherwood Forest Foundation Trust, one of the FTs in greatest financial difficulty, brought a sharper focus to what we all know is a significant problem affecting a small but growing number of NHS Trusts. Read on...

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