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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The better care fund will be frozen in real terms next year in the spending review agreement to be announced today, HSJ understands. After 2016-17 it will be continued only as the “minimum option” in a menu of choices for local health and social care integration.
Two of England’s biggest clinical commissioning groups have called for NHS England to account for the huge cuts to some councils’ adult social care spending in deciding NHS allocations for the coming years.
The North East and much of the North West have seen much bigger cuts to council adult social care spending than some other regions in recent years, according to analysis of official figures.
So much rests on spending review crunch day
NHS commissioning must be carried out on footprints bigger than current clinical commissioning groups, the King’s Fund has recommended.
Simon Stevens, one of the most influential individuals in Whitehall, has issued a warning over the NHS spending settlement for the next two years. Dave West says front-loading funding in the next two years would give the NHS a shot at success.
A financially troubled clinical commissioning group may pass many of its responsibilities to Northumbria’s emerging ‘accountable care organisation’, HSJ has learned.
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Simon Stevens’ speech at the King’s Fund this week has been described as his most important since he returned to the NHS.
NHS England has appointed Jonathan Fielden and Arvind Madan to lead its work on specialised services and primary care respectively.
A ‘single definition of success’ for health systems should be created in the form of a ‘single, coherent’ performance and quality framework, the King’s Fund has told the health secretary.
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.