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  1. Live news from Oxford on Friday 7 October.

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  1. That's all for today

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  2. Katrina Percy pay-off will be £190,000

    Southern Health NHS trust says Katrina Percy's pay-off will be £190,000.

    An earlier statement said her pay-off would be equivalent to one year's salary, which including pension benefits was about £240,000.

    But the trust says she will receive an amount equivalent to her basic salary without benefits.

    Quote Message: Katrina Percy’s payoff is £190,000 – all inclusive. It will not rise to £240,000. from Southern Health NHS Trust
    Southern Health NHS Trust
  3. Katrina Percy pay-off judged best deal available for taxpayers

    NHS Improvement says Katrina Percy's role as chief executive of Southern Health NHS trust had clearly "become untenable" but there had been "no legal grounds" on which to dismiss her.

    Katrina Percy

    A spokesman for the body which guides NHS trusts to provide safe, sustainable care to patients said they were told by then interim Chair of the trust Tim Smart the new advisory role would "deliver the best value for the taxpayer".

    But, it adds: "It has been clear in the weeks following the announcement - and Ms Percy herself recognises this - that this agreement cannot now be delivered."

    Quote Message: We know that this won’t please some who think she ought to have received no payment at all. In situations like this, a perfect deal is not possible. But the strong legal advice we have received is that to do anything else would have a much greater cost to the public purse and, as a consequence, would go against good management of public money. from NHS Improvement
    NHS Improvement
  4. Oxford scientists win £80k funding to develop technology of the future

    Two scientists from Oxford University have each been awarded £80,000 to develop new research for health and the environment. 

    One project, led by Thomas Fleming, involves finding a drug which could improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy. 

    Another project, the brainchild of Tim Sudmeier, has used ammonia to efficiently store electricity from wind and solar farms. 

    The Industrial Fellowships, provided by a commission set up by Prince Albert’s to organise the Great Exhibition of 1851, are given to 10 of the most promising engineers and scientists each year.

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    Video caption: Pair get £80,000 for research into health and renewable energy
  5. Katrina Percy resignation 'should mark end of Southern Health's denial'

    Deborah Coles, director of Inquest, which has supported Connor Sparrowhawk's family has released a statement, following Katrina Percy's resignation.

    Quote Message: The resignation of Katrina Percy should mark the end of Southern Health's denial of responsibility for systemic failings and the start of vital work to protect the lives of the people in its care. from Deborah Coles Director of Inquest
    Deborah ColesDirector of Inquest
  6. Travel update: Congestion around Wolvercote and Cutteslowe

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    There's very slow traffic on the A40 in both directions in Oxford at the Wolvercote Roundabout.

    The congestion is to Cassington, to the Cutteslowe Roundabout, and on the A44 Woodstock Road to Peartree.

  7. Katrina Percy quits: MP slams 'unjustifiable reward'

    Katrina Percy's pay-off, worth about £190,000, to leave Southern Health NHS trust is "a completely unjustifiable reward for failure", according to the Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb.

    Norman Lamb

    The former health minister said the terms of Ms Percy's departure from her advisory role at Southern Health were "hugely disrespectful".

    Quote Message: It was insulting that Ms Percy was offered this very lucrative advisory position at the Trust when this first came to light. For her now to be offered such a generous payout is a completely unjustifiable reward for failure. from Norman Lamb
    Norman Lamb
  8. Man, 81, dies in road crash near Kiddlington

    An 81-year-old man died following a collision between two cars on the A44 near Kiddington on Tuesday.

    He was a passenger in a blue Kia which was in collision with a silver Suzuki travelling in the opposite direction between Kiddington and Enstone at about 16:30.

    The woman driver of the Suzuki and the woman driver of the Kia both sustained serious injuries and are in hospital. 

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

  9. Oxford schoolgirl rape: Key points from latest police statement

    Nine days after the abduction and rape of a 14-year-old girl walking to school in Oxford, police have made a new statement... but no arrests:

    Police focus on Summertown and Marston areas
    • Thames Valley Police says it is "following a number of lines of inquiry" 
    • Det Supt Chris Ward confirmed the force was "informed of the kidnap of a 14-year-old girl" at 08:51 on Wednesday 29 September by the girl's mother
    • A team of 30 detectives and officers are working on the case 
    • More than 260 calls from the public have been made offering information 
    • The "area of investigative focus continues to be around the Summertown and Marston areas"
  10. Katrina Percy quits: From death of Connor Sparrowhawk to final exit

    In June, Southern Health accepted responsibility for the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath at one of its facilities - Slade House in Oxford.  

    Connor Sparrowhawk
    Image caption: Connor Sparrowhawk

    It followed a report published in December which said the deaths of hundreds of mental health and learning disability patients over four years in the trust's care were not properly examined, and blamed a "failure of leadership".

    Katrina Percy battled on in her position, saying she "firmly believed" it was her responsibility to stay on to "oversee improvements".

    She quit in August over "media attention" and has now "come to the conclusion that it is not possible for me to continue with my work".

  11. Southern Health timeline

    July 2013 - Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, drowns after an epileptic seizure at Oxford unit Slade House. An inquest later rules neglect contributed to his death

    11 December 2015 - The BBC reveals details of a leaked Mazars report which highlights a "failure of leadership". Jeremy Hunt says he is "profoundly shocked"

    17 December 2015 - The report is officially published and shows out of 722 unexpected deaths over four years, only 272 were properly investigated

    6 April 2016 - The Care Quality Commission (CQC) issues a warning notice to significantly improve protection for mental health patients

    29 April 2016 - A full CQC inspection report is published, which says the trust is continuing to put patients at risk

    30 June 2016 - Following a review of the management team competencies, it is announced that Katrina Percy is to keep her job

    29 July 2016 - The BBC reports that the trust has paid millions of pounds in contracts to companies owned by previous associates of Katrina Percy

    30 August 2016 - Ms Percy announces she is standing down

    7 September 2016 - Southern Health under fire again as it emerges new role for Katrina Percy was created for her. The new 12-month contract did not exist previously and she was the only candidate for it

    7 October 2016 - Katrina Percy leaves Southern Health "with immediate effect"

  12. Katrina Percy quits: Former chief executive leaves 'with great sadness'

    Quote Message: I reflected on the responses to my remaining employed by the trust working as a regional strategic adviser. After discussing the current situation with colleagues, we have come to the conclusion that it is not possible for me to continue with my work... With great sadness, I will leave the trust with immediate effect and seek other opportunities. from Katrina Percy
    Katrina Percy
  13. Katrina Percy could receive one year's salary as pay-off

    Katrina Percy could receive one year's salary worth about £190,000 in a deal reached that sees her leave Southern Health NHS trust.

    Katrina Percy

    The trust said she is "contractually entitled to six months' salary" on leaving her role. 

    It adds she will receive an additional six months' salary which it says is "deemed by all parties as a fair payment in all the circumstances".

    Ms Percy will have to repay some of this settlement if she gets a new job with the NHS in the next 12 months.

    On quitting as chief executive, the trust said she would receive the same salary in her new role advising GPs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This was listed as between £180,000 and £190,000, but up to £240,000-a-year with pension benefits.

  14. Katrina Percy quits: Statement from Southern Health NHS trust

    Quote Message: Following the recent announcement that Katrina Percy will take on a regional strategic advisory role, we have received correspondence from the public, patients and families expressing their concerns. We have listened to all of this feedback and reflected.
    Quote Message: Both the trust and NHS Improvement believe it is no longer possible for Katrina to continue in her new advisory role. Katrina shares this view and we have worked with NHS Improvement to come to a settlement where she will leave Southern Health with immediate effect, to pursue other opportunities. from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  15. Katrina Percy leaves Southern Health NHS trust

    Katrina Percy is to leave her role with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust "with immediate effect", the trust has announced.

    Katrina Percy
    Image caption: Katrina Percy

    The former chief executive quit in August after months of criticism for the way her trust failed to investigate patient deaths.

    She took on a new role to provide "strategic advice to local GP leaders", but faced new protests after it emerged the £240,000-a-year job had been created for her.

    The trust said in a statement that Ms Percy was leaving immediately to "pursue other opportunities".

  16. BreakingKatrina Percy steps down from Southern Health advisory role

    Katrina Percy, the embattled former chief executive of Southern Health NHS trust, is to leave the organisation "with immediate effect". 

    The announcement comes after it emerged Ms Percy, who resigned as the head of the troubled mental health trust, had a new £240,000-a-year job created for her.