Issue : 1 September 2011
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New figures measuring ambulance trust performance against a set of key clinical practices has exposed huge variation in care for stroke.
'It's time for managers to stand up and be counted' Subscription
In the battle against Whitehall maybe the NHS needs its own Arab Spring – led by managers, suggests Kieran Walshie.
The constrains that the current funding model puts on the NHS means value for money improvements are almost impossible to translate into long term savings. Paul Corrigan looks at how a new model of investment can change this cycle.
PERFORMANCE: The main “performance challenge” of the North Staffordshire PCT trust remains the achievement of the 18 week referral to treatment target for inpatient and day case surgery.
STRUCTURE: Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust has vowed to fight a recommendation to reject its bid to become a high volume centre for arterial surgery, as part of a regional reorganisation of vascular services.
FINANCE: South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust reported a £971,000 surplus at the end of June, £264,000 better than expected, following widespread overperformance on contracts.
WORKFORCE: The mental health foundation trust expects to cut its headcount by nearly 10 per cent over the next three years, its strategic workforce plan shows.
NHS 111 pilot coming to inner north west LondonSubscription
STRUCTURE: Three inner north west London boroughs are to pilot the non-emergency NHS 111 number from 24 October.
Dates set for Hillingdon 111 pilotSubscription
STRUCTURE: NHS London has confirmed its NHS 111 service pilot will begin in October for the north west London borough.
Trust plans to realise mortuary income potentialSubscription
FINANCE: Salisbury Foundation Trust is planning to boost income from its mortuary, its fertility service and through treating more private patients.