More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.
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.
East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.
One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.
A former NHS manager has been jailed for fraud for a second time after lying on NHS job application forms.
HSJ analysis has identified the clinical commissioning groups with greatest improvements and biggest declines in patient access to GP services over the last three years, following the annual GP patient survey.
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.
The first clinical commissioning groups to be given control of their the primary care budgets have said they will use their new powers to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View’s new models of care and scale up GP services, HSJ has learnt.
WORKFORCE: NHS England is encouraging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu to care and nursing home patients as a preventative measure, despite concerns about its effectiveness.
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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”.
The planned merger of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals and Frimley Park Hospital foundation trusts has been delayed
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.
PERFORMANCE: Slough Clinical Commissioning Group has written to Continuing Health Care claimants to apologise for delays to the assessment process.
PERFORMANCE: Capacity pressures at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust have been blamed for poor performance on stroke care.
STRUCTURE: Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust may be put into special administration if talks which would see it merged with another NHS organisation fail.
PERFORMANCE: Berkshire primary care trusts have requested extra funding from the South Central strategic health authority to improve ambulance handover performance.