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Community Services

Nurse treating patient

Expanded roles envisaged for non-medical staff

The roles and responsibilities of non-medical NHS staff would be dramatically expanded under the five year forward view

Elderly in man in bed with health worker tending to him

Surge in care claims puts pressure on CCGs

Clinical commissioning groups in one area are on track to spend up to £10m more than expected

Group of school children

Warning to NHS over paediatric reconfigurations

Hospital trusts should ensure adequate children’s community services are in place before closing in-patient units, a senior leader in paediatrics has warned

Elderly BME patient

Croydon CCG creates £1.7bn plan for health and social care services

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group has joined forces with its local authority to create a £1.7bn plan to change the way health and social care services for over 65-year-olds are commissioned.

A woman with tape over her mouth

'Hostile' private provider ordered to pay whistleblowing nurse's costs

A private provider of nursing services across Britain must pay the legal costs of a whistleblowing nurse, according to a tribunal that described the firm as ‘unreasonably hostile’.

Andy Burnham

EXCLUSIVE: Burnham outlines new role for Monitor

A Labour government could put Monitor in charge of overseeing the financial sustainability of whole health economies, Andy Burnham has told HSJ

Conceptual image of head filled with cog gears

Systemic barriers hold back London mental health services, report finds

London lacks a ‘collective vision’ for improving mental health services, according to a new report by the King’s Fund which identifies systemic barriers to improving services in the capital.

Deprived mothers 'get worse care' than wealthiest

More needs to be done to help poor women through pregnancy, experts have said, after new research found that they have a worse experience than better-off mothers-to-be.

Eye surgery

Exclusive: CCG interest in 'any qualified provider' scheme dwindles

There is dwindling interest among commissioners in using “any qualified provider” to increase competition and patient choice, an HSJ investigation has found

Walk in centre

NHS England top GP predicts end of 'independent contractor' concept

The concept of independent contractors in general practice will become “anachronistic” and “probably will have gone” within ten years, according to one of NHS England’s most senior GP leaders.

Services “not equipped” to cope with rise of legal highs

Health services are buckling under the pressure caused by new legal highs and the increasing use of club drugs, leading doctors have suggested.

John Oldham

Labour health expert calls for immediate debate on health and care funding

The expert who authored Ed Miliband’s health and social care plan has called on politicians to immediately begin a public debate on the future of funding for the services.


DH sets health visiting services provision for local authorities

Department of Health sets out five services councils must run

Dementia care

Review of dementia care funding urged

Wide variations in NHS funding for the continuing care of people with dementia have been uncovered in a report by a Labour prospective parliamentary candidate.

Old man in bed, doctor using stehoscope

Serco to withdraw from UK clinical services market

Outsourcing giant Serco has announced plans to withdraw from the clinical health services market in the UK after making a multimillion pound loss on its NHS contracts.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

Doubts over GP phone consultation

Patients who receive telephone consultations from their GP or a nurse are more likely to need care in the month after their phone call than those who see doctors face to face, a new study suggests.


Hospitals to scrutinise integration plans

Acute trusts must say whether they accept local forecasts for cutting emergency admissions under better care fund

Anne Rainsberry

Major reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment approved

A reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment across north east London and West Essex that will see two major hospitals host one specialism each was given the green light by commissioners last week.

Carer with elderly man

Third of CCGs do not plan to retender community services

More than a third of CCGs have no plans to retender their community services, an HSJ investigation has revealed.

Revealed: The biggest specialised services providers

A group of just 19 acute trusts were paid almost half of NHS England’s £11.2bn budget for acute specialised services in 2013-14, exclusive analysis by HSJ revealed.

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