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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Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Trust is to help run children’s services and potentially other specialties in north Cumbria.
Incentives and levers need to change to encourage commissioners to draw on the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, according to the chair of a government review.
Map: Which health systems are struggling the most?VideoSubscription
This map shows which health systems are performing most poorly across a range of measures, and two which are performing well, according to HSJ’s analysis.
NHS providers which fail to “balance their books without compromising patient care” will face intervention which could ultimately “result in the entire board… being suspended”, the government declared this morning.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust chief executive Stephen Eames is to take on the same post at the troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, in addition to his current role.
Trusts told to shift elective capacity to A&ESubscription
Commissioners have been asked not to financially penalise hospital trusts for cancelling elective procedures over winter, with providers ordered to increase bed capacity by 20 per cent, HSJ can reveal.
DH plans big cut to community pharmacy fundingSubscription
NHS funding to community pharmacies is set to be reduced by 6 per cent in cash terms next year, the Department of Health has announced.
The government has set out its priorities for the NHS during this parliament, including designating areas of the country as “transformation areas”. NHS England will have to begin publishing new clinical commissioning group assessment ratings.
Dame Una O’Brien, the Department of Health permanent secretary, will step down next year. The news comes at a time of severe financial strain for the department.
A “reasonable chunk” of the country will be expected to develop large-scale GP providers and networks under NHS England planning requirements for the coming years.
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.