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March 2014

Providing expert support to eleven financially challenged health economies

Eleven financially challenged health economies in England will receive expert help with strategic planning in order to secure sustainable quality services for their local patients.

Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority will fund a series of projects to help groups of commissioners and providers work together to develop integrated five-year plans that effectively address specific local challenges. Read more >

Our latest report on NHS foundation trust performance

Foundation trusts are performing well in providing quality services to patients in challenging economic times and are coping with winter pressures. Read more >

Securing expert help for Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals

We've recently appointed Mark Davies, former CEO of Imperial College Healthcare, as Improvement Director to provide Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with expert support to help the trust improve the standard of care it provides. Read more >

Supporting some of England's most troubled hospitals

A joint report from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority has found that significant progress has been made in turning around some of England’s most challenged hospitals.

There are currently eight foundation trusts in special measures and we're providing intensive support so they can address their problems effectively. Read more >

Advice for commissioners on walk-in centres

We've published advice for commissioners which suggests they should join forces with NHS England and involve patients when making decisions about the future of walk-in centres.

In the interests of patients, we suggest that any proposal to close or change the provision of walk-in centres should consider the impact on other local services such as urgent care, ambulance, hospital A&E departments, and GP surgeries. Read more >

How we're making the NHS payment system do more for patients

Having published the national tariff for 2014/15, Monitor and NHS England have turned to potential improvements to the payment system in 2015/16 and beyond.

The main context for our work over the next year is the need for new and sustainable patterns of care that can do more for patients. Read more >

Workshops on choice and competition

During March and April we're hosting a series of regional workshops with NHS England on using choice and competition in the interests of patients. Book now >

Investigation closed

We've closed our investigation into Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after finding it is taking reasonable steps to improve its financial position and the way in which it manages its finances. Read more >

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Infographic on NHS foundation trust performance
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