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  • Devon provider ‘requires improvement’

    PERFORMANCE: Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has been rated as “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors found a raft of concerns, including do not resuscitate forms being filled in without discussion with patients and relatives.

  • Taunton chief exec to retire

    WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust has announced her retirement after six years running the south western hospital.

  • CQC finds safety failures at Avon and Wiltshire

    PERFORMANCE: A mental health trust that was found to have a “controlling” leadership culture two years ago has been ordered to make urgent improvements to the safety of its services by the Care Quality Commission.

  • Steve Wallwork

    CCG leader steps down

    WORKFORCE: The managing director of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has stepped down from his role, it has emerged.

  • South Devon

    CCG considers flexing 'running cost' rules

    FINANCE: A clinical commissioning group may redesignate the cost of clinicians’ involvement in service redesign as a ‘programme’ cost to help retain capacity while staying within its running allowance.

  • Puzzle illustrating merger

    Cornwall summit to discuss tripartite merger proposal

    STRUCTURE: The chief executive of a south west trust hoping to merge with a social enterprise and mental health provider in the region is due to meet the heads of the proposed merger partners next month.

  • Older people in care home

    South West CCGs look to integration for savings

    STRUCTURE: Two clinical commissioning groups hope to alleviate their financial stress by saving millions of pounds through integrated commissioning arrangements with local authorities.

  • Salisbury District Hospital

    Acute trust takes on sexual health services

    COMMERCIAL: Salisbury Foundation Trust has won a contract to provide sexual health services across southern Wiltshire.

  • ambulance

    Labour slams 'too full' hospitals

    Hundreds of thousands of patients in need of emergency care are being left at the doors of accident and emergency in ambulances because hospitals are too full, Labour has said.

  • Ambulance reflection

    Review launched into ‘high risk’ emergency care

    PERFORMANCE: Cornwall commissioners have launched a review into the area’s emergency care access after it was designated as “high risk”.

  • Man using video call

    Patients warned over telehealth scammers

    COMMERCIAL: A community services provider has warned local patients using NHS-funded telehealth services to be vigilant after fraudsters tricked a patient into paying for the service by posing as a telehealth company.

  • Older woman and carer at home

    Devon procurement plan resisted by providers and local council

    A Devon commissioner’s plan to award community services contracts without putting them out to tender has been resisted by competing providers and a local authority.

  • community services care worker elderly woman patient

    Social enterprise explores ‘merger’ with NHS trust

    STRUCTURE: A social enterprise established to provide community services in Cornwall could be taken back into the NHS after experiencing financial difficulties.

  • ambulance

    Shortcomings in ambulance response times

    Ambulances in three regions of England are ‘failing’ to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

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