NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG

Chris Bown

Former chief of several trusts to lead advanced STP

A former trust chief executive has been appointed leader of a sustainability and transformation partnership covering two counties in the South West.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: The class of 2011

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: The Southern Health carve-up continues

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Social care

Commissioners insist Virgin Care will make no 'margin' on Bath contract

COMMERICAL: A CCG and council in the South West have claimed Virgin Care will make no “margin” on a community services contract it has been chosen as the preferred bidder for.

Bath

Virgin Care preferred bidder for £69m community services contract

COMMERCIAL: Virgin Care has been selected as preferred bidder to provide community services in Bath and north east Somerset covering a current annual expenditure of £69.2m.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: A trio of inspection reports

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Medical tray with syringe, pills and water

Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Chief executive and directors leave mental health trust

WORKFORCE: The chief executive and two non-executive directors of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust have resigned.

Bath

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.

Bristol

Virgin in running for Bristol children’s community services contract

COMMERCIAL: Virgin Care Services is in the running to be the interim provider of children’s community services in Bristol and south Gloucestershire, after the incumbent NHS provider announced it would end its contract in March.

Clock

111 and urgent care contracts go to social enterprise

COMMERCIAL: Commissioners have awarded contracts to provide Somerset’s GP out of hours and NHS 111 services to a social enterprise.

Pharmacist writing

Bath praised for pharmacists in GP surgeries scheme

PRIMARY CARE: A mobile pharmacy team in Bath and North East Somerset that provides patients with access to a pharmacist’s expertise at their local GP has been praised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

King's Mill hospital

Special measures trust looking for two new ‘buddies’

PERFORMANCE: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust is in talks to enter into a formal ‘buddying’ arrangement with Royal United Hospitals Bath FT, following the end of its relationship with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals FT.

Bath

Updated: Bath FT's takeover of specialist trust given green light

STRUCTURE: Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust has taken over Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases FT after its proposal was approved by Monitor.

Ambulance

Ambulance services given extra time to assess patient need

Ambulance services in two areas will be given two minutes longer to assess patient need before sending out a response vehicle, under a pilot scheme announced by the health secretary today.

Bath

CCG to extend community provider contract

COMMERCIAL: Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is to extend the contract of its community services provider by a year, with it now ending in March 2017.

Bath GPs to launch diabetes drug trial

CLINICAL RESEARCH: A network of GP surgeries around Bath has been selected as the site of a clinical trial for a diabetes drug from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Bath hospital delivers maternity services after 22 years

PERFORMANCE: Royal United Hospital Bath Trust has taken back the provision of maternity services after 22 years of the services run by other NHS providers.

Bristol

Bristol CCG plans £250m community services tender

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group has approved plans to tender the city’s community health services and said it anticipates “significant” interest in the contract from providers across the country.