Dave is HSJ’s senior bureau chief, leading our team of journalists who cover commissioning, care quality, integration and primary care. His own work focusses on NHS England, clinical commissioning groups, and primary care reform. He also writes about the North East and Cumbria areas. Dave has been at HSJ since 2008. In 2013 won the Medical Journalists' Association professional journalist of the year award and in 2014 was named one of the top 10 journalists on Twitter by the Press Gazette. He has been nominated for awards for HSJ’s interactive clinical commissioning group map. His past work has covered acute care, quality indicators, and informatics.
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Jeremy Hunt: This is my last big job in politicsSubscription
Jeremy Hunt has said his role as health secretary is “likely to be my last big job in politics”.
“Accountable care systems” and “alliance contracting” are clinical commissioning leaders’ favoured contracting routes, HSJ’s barometer survey indicates.
More than a third of clinical commissioning group bosses expect sustainability and transformation footprint leaders to become responsible for performance and finance across their patch.
Survey: CCG leaders' financial confidence dipsSubscription
Clinical commissioning group leaders’ confidence in balancing their budgets has taken a substantial knock, according to HSJ’s latest barometer survey.
Today’s national strategy for general practice had to fulfil two separate purposes. In doing so, it has omitted some uncomfortable but important realities, writes Dave West
Stevens promises big increase in GP spendingSubscription
Spending on general practice will increase by 14 per cent in real terms by 2020-21, NHS England has claimed as it launches a five year GP strategy.
The new voluntary GP contract announced by the prime minister last year could be held by joint ventures set up by NHS organisations, Simon Stevens has said.
The Commissioner: So much for the whole systemSubscription
What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable weekly insight for commissioners, by Dave West
Plans being developed by the North Cumbria success regime include formalising links between acute trusts and creating a “clinical task force” to address staff shortages and develop new care models.
Rob Webster to lead STP footprintSubscription
Departing NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster is to lead the West Yorkshire sustainability and transformation plan.
GP practices in a significant minority of areas are forming groups with non-neighbouring practices. In some of those, data suggests one group is formed from better performing and/or less deprived practices.
Including the list of practices rated red on their PCT’s scorecard in more than a third of areas.
Two of Andrew Lansley’s big summer announcements have irked some in the NHS for a number of reasons, and they were both information publications of sorts.
Targets and top-down management are out, so are failing trusts now off the hook?
Can some graphs shed light on debate about NHS spending on prevention?
Basildon, Dr Foster and public information about the NHS.
Health on Twitter
Following my frustrated experiments with personal health records last week, a south London GP has drawn my attention to another option.
Buoyed by recent enthusiasm about personal health records, I’ve signed up for three.
Following my stunted effort a few weeks ago, the professionals have got stuck in to mapping swine flu.