NHS Luton CCG

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CCGs appoint new chief officer

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.

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Commissioners look again at trust's 'fragile' services

NHS England and local commissioners want to look again at “fragile” clinical services run by Bedford Hospital Trust – less than a year after the provider committed to retaining its emergency and obstetrics departments.

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Exclusive: Councils threaten to quit leading STP

Local authorities from a leading health economy have threatened to quit working with its STP as they say it “cannot legitimately claim to be working towards an integrated system.”

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Leading health system will not become 'full' ICS this year

A leading health system will not become a “fully operational” integrated care system this year as hoped, instead remaining in “shadow” form.

Patient transport

Trust given two-year contract after private provider collapse

A two year patient transport contract was awarded to an ambulance trust, after it said it would not otherwise be able to provide short term support, it has emerged.

Bedford

ACS commissioning group re-enters special measures after seven months

A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.

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Outstanding trust loses £16m contract to charity

An outstanding rated trust has failed in its bid to renew a five year health and wellbeing contract in Bedfordshire.

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CCG and council to merge commissioning budgets

A clinical commissioning group and local council have agreed to merge health commissioning budgets so the cash strapped organisations can spend their funds “most effectively”.

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Mapped: Cash-strapped CCGs fail to hit spending standard

EXCLUSIVE: Commissioners facing deficits or struggling to balance their books are the most likely to be failing to meet the national mental health spending mandate.

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Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.

NHS 111

New urgent care deal covers only part of STP patch

Two clinical commissioning groups in Bedfordshire have jointly contracted with a new integrated urgent care service, appearing to call into question how a major proposal in the area’s STP will be delivered.

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Midlands STP plans 'unified leadership' for three hospitals

The STP for Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes reveals plans for “unified leadership, management and operations across all three hospitals” on the patch, but states that the three will not formally merge.

Surgery

CCGs: Hospital trust should lose major services

RECONFIGURATION: Bedford Hospital Trust should be stripped of major services including obstetrics and the majority of its emergency surgical care as part of a local service reconfiguration, a review has recommended.

Doctor prescribing

CCGs mull 'ban' on third party drug ordering

Clinical commissioning groups in south Staffordshire are considering a clampdown on community pharmacies ordering prescriptions on behalf of their patients, following a spike in spending on prescription items.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

FT chief named as NHS England urgent and emergency care lead

Pauline Philip, chief executive of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust, is joining NHS England on secondment as national urgent and emergency care director.

Value in Healthcare Awards: Value and Improvement in Procurement

Value in Healthcare Awards winners for 2015

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Value in Healthcare Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Book your table for the ceremony on 22 September.

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London mental health trust wins contracts in Bedfordshire and Luton

COMMERCIAL: East London Foundation Trust has been chosen by two clinical commissioning groups to deliver mental health services contracts worth £60m in Bedfordshire and Luton.

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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.