NHS Slough CCG

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Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

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.

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.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

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.

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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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Former NHS manager jailed for fraud for second time

A former NHS manager has been jailed for fraud for a second time after lying on NHS job application forms.

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Analysis: CCGs with biggest increases and decreases in GP access

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.

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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.

Doctors meeting

CCGs to use primary care powers to develop new care models

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.

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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.

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Boardroom to front line: Tech advances have benefits across the NHS

The potential to improve governance and patient care

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.

Berkshire CCGs apologise for Continuing Health Care hold-ups

PERFORMANCE: Slough Clinical Commissioning Group has written to Continuing Health Care claimants to apologise for delays to the assessment process.

Capacity problems hit stroke care at Heatherwood FT

PERFORMANCE: Capacity pressures at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust have been blamed for poor performance on stroke care.

Monitor supports Heatherwood and Wexham Park takeover talks

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.

Berkshire ambulance handovers miss target

PERFORMANCE: Berkshire primary care trusts have requested extra funding from the South Central strategic health authority to improve ambulance handover performance.