The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.
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.
NHS England has approved clinical commissioning mergers in a further two areas, bringing together seven more CCGs.
NHS England has announced the nine areas most likely to evolve into “accountable care systems”.
Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.
Care UK has pulled out of a contract to provide NHS 111 and out of hours services across several clinical commissioning group areas six weeks after it was awarded, putting the intended launch date of the service at risk.
A new commissioning executive is to be formed to overcome the “significant challenge” of commissioning across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint in the East of England, and will take powers from seven clinical commissioning groups.
An independent chair has been appointed to Berkshire West’s accountable care system to help ensure the parties involved are held “mutually to account”.
NHS leaders have revealed plans to establish an “accountable care system” serving the population around Reading and west Berkshire.
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.
STRUCTURE: Four trusts in the south of England are in detailed discussions about merging their pathology services.
PERFORMANCE: Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust’s performance against the national waiting standard for accident and emergency worsened in February, with 92.1 per cent of patients being treated or discharged within four hours.
WORKFORCE: Staff turnover at Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has risen for three years in a row. It stood at 17.1 per cent for January.
WORKFORCE: NHS England is encouraging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu to care and nursing home patients as a preventative measure, despite concerns about its effectiveness.
STRUCTURE: Four clinical commissioning groups in west Berkshire have dropped proposals to merge into one organisation, HSJ has learned.
STRUCTURE: Four clinical commissioning groups in west Berkshire are considering merging into a single organisation amid concerns GPs’ time is being ‘wasted’ on board meetings.
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.
STRUCTURE: Two commissioning support units have announced they are entering into a formal merger.