NHS Bracknell and Ascot CCG

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Revealed: 'Ludicrous' CCG variation for care at home

There is dramatic variation across England in the rate of people with serious long-term conditions being approved to receive NHS-funded care at home.

Charles Waddicor

Former PCT chief appointed to chair STP

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Seven more CCGs approved to merge in nationwide shake-up

NHS England has approved clinical commissioning mergers in a further two areas, bringing together seven more CCGs.

Dorset

First nine 'accountable care systems' revealed

NHS England has announced the nine areas most likely to evolve into “accountable care systems”.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

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Ambitious patient record sharing project secures IT partner

Commissioners have brought in a specialist IT firm to integrate all the patient care record systems across Berkshire, as part of one of the NHS’s largest joined up patient record projects.

Wexham Park Hospital

CQC hails merger trust for ‘most impressive’ ever transformation

The Care Quality Commission has praised the “remarkable” improvement in care at Wexham Park Hospital as the “most impressive” turnaround it has seen since the start of its new inspection regime in 2013.

Andrew Morris

Frimley chief calls for increase in NHS takeovers

The NHS should do trust takeovers on a “bigger scale” when the conditions are right, the chief executive of Frimley Health Foundation Trust has said.

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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.

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Investigation: ‘Unwarranted and unfair’ disparity in elective surgery revealed

Wide variations in elective surgery rates among the most affluent and deprived areas in England raise serious questions about the use of NHS resources, a leading public health expert has warned.

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GPs privately urged to prescribe Tamiflu despite concerns

WORKFORCE: NHS England is encouraging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu to care and nursing home patients as a preventative measure, despite concerns about its effectiveness.

Margaret Hodge

CCG leaders attack ‘unjustifiable’ funding differences

FINANCE: The leaders of three Berkshire clinical commissioning groups have written to MPs to say that the level of variation in the funding of local commissioners “simply cannot be justified”.

Wexham Park Hospital

Trust merger delayed amid financial wrangling

The planned merger of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals and Frimley Park Hospital foundation trusts has been delayed

Optum scoops £150m contract in Thames Valley and Wessex

COMMERCIAL: Private provider Optum has won a three-year contract to carry out acute commissioning services for 18 Wessex and the Thames Valley clinical commissioning groups.

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Two CSUs announce formal merger

STRUCTURE: Two commissioning support units have announced they are entering into a formal merger.

'Vacuum' between GP and A&E, independent report finds

PERFORMANCE: An independent report into emergency provision in Berkshire has identified a “vacuum” between GP services and care for life threatening situations.

CCG yet to publish a finance report

FINANCE: A clinical commissioning group is yet to publish a finance report, choosing to focus resources elsewhere in the immediate aftermath of the transition to the new NHS structure.

Berkshire reconfiguration places CCG's reputation at risk

STRUCTURE: There is an “extreme” risk that the failure to reconfigure acute services in East Berkshire could harm the reputation of Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group, board papers say.

Berkshire West on target for surplus

FINANCE: Berkshire West primary care trust has hit its planned surplus position and is expecting to achieve its year end target of £6.5m.