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The 11hospitals put in special measures in the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Keogh Review will be partnered with the best NHS trusts and managers in a scheme that echoes the 'super-heads' programme to turn around failing schools.
The mentor hospitals will be paid for the work, which will help back-fill management posts according to Jeremy Hunt, and will have access to a special incentive fund.
The Health Secretary said the plans signalled a change from the past when management consultants would be paid to write reports on failing hospitals. The new method would result in practical changes, he said.
The 11 Trusts placed in special measures are:
- North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trus
- Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
The best managers are "often doctors" and the NHS is in dire need of "more brilliant managers" if it is going to overcome recent scandals regarding appalling patient care, the Health Secretary has said.
Speaking to Daybreak, Jeremy Hunt said he wants to "encourage" doctors who "could become fantastic managers" to take on extra responsibility.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today reveal details of the NHS Leadership Programme which aims to transform the top tier of health service managers and staff into star performers.
Health bosses want three quarters of recruits to be current NHS staff and will appeal to senior doctors, nurses, managers and high-fliers to apply for the programme.
The remaining quarter will be brought in from industry.
The 10-month long programme, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, will start in the spring.It is thought £10m a year will be spent on the programme but there is no course head count yet.
Eight weeks of the course will be held at a leading business school with discussions ongoing with UK business schools and Harvard in the US, insiders said.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce the Department plans to turn around hospitals in special measures and help prevent future failures of care and safety at NHS hospitals.
In the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and subsequent Keogh Review, which looked at 14 NHS Trusts with high mortality rates, 11 Trusts have been placed in 'special measures'.
In the South and South east standards have been criticised at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust.
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Jeremy Hunt plans to send in the shock troops to try and use the best hospitals to turn around those that are under performing.