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The latest on changes in structure from HSJ Local


Somerset commissioners propose single health and social care budget

STRUCTURE: Commissioners across Bath and north east Somerset plan to create a pooled budget across health and social care as part of a review into community services in the region.

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Stop-start vascular services shake-up creaks back into action

STRUCTURE: A long running and controversial process to reconfigure vascular services in south Hampshire has resumed this week with the dispatch of a specialist team to assess services in Southampton and Portsmouth.

University of North Midlands Trust

New GP federation and trusts in collaboration talks

STRUCTURE: A new GP federation covering North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent is in talks with local health bodies to examine proposals for more integrated working.

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South Warwickshire FT and GPs plan joint contract bids

COMMERCIAL: South Warwickshire Foundation Trust has established a partnership with a large scale GP federation, with the intention of bidding together for a local community services contract.


Lincolnshire health bodies form system-wide ‘recovery programme’

PERFORMANCE: Organisations across Lincolnshire are to form a group to improve the region’s care quality, rescue its financial position and develop a county-wide workforce plan.

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Exclusive: Vanguard FT to take on GP practice staff

STRUCTURE: A foundation trust in a vanguard area is setting up a jointly owned ‘shell company’ with a local GP practice, and directly employing some primary care staff, HSJ has learned.

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Wythenshawe Hospital

More changes proposed to specialist care in Greater Manchester

STRUCTURE: Further proposals for hospital reconfiguration in Greater Manchester are due to be announced before the end of the financial year, HSJ has learned.

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Ambulance IT difficulties solved for Greater Manchester shake-up

STRUCTURE: The ambulance service that covers Greater Manchester has resolved some expected difficulties with adapting its IT system to recognise the region’s newly designated ‘specialist’ hospitals, it has told regional leaders.

Hexham general hospital

Exclusive: CCG plans handover to 'accountable care organisation'

A clinical commissioning group is proposing to hand its budget and nearly all its functions to a provider led ‘accountable care organisation’, in what could be a first in the NHS.

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

First ever tariff hike agreed for troubled trust

FINANCE: Monitor has agreed to increase the tariff paid to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, which is likely to result in more than £20m of extra funding for the troubled provider this year.

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