NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

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'Outstanding' trust blocks GP referrals to under pressure service

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has stopped all new referrals to one of its paediatric specialities due to capacity problems, local GPs have been told.

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Commissioners reject funding request for in demand service

Commissioners in the West Midlands have rejected a request for additional mental health funding, despite an increase in case loads and concerns raised over patient safety.

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Trust challenges 'perplexing' CCG boundary proposal

West Birmingham GPs are being encouraged to break away and join a new CCG, despite strong opposition from the local hospital trust, which has described the proposal as “perplexing”.

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CCGs under strain again from generic drug prices

The number of generic drugs being sold above national tariff rose to its highest rate in over two years at the start of 2019, despite national efforts to cut this number.

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Service cut warning over NHSE's GP at Hand bailout fears

Local commissioners are expecting a £10m hit for hosting digital practice Babylon GP at Hand and could be forced to cut other services after a promised NHS England bailout failed to materialise.

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Gaps in 'unique' service criticised after patient death

A “unique” mental health model for children and young adults has again been criticised for gaps in its service following the death of a patient.

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Mental Health Matters: Coroners warn of underfunding

HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.

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Collapsed OOH contracts transferred to new providers

Four clinical commissioning groups have appointed new organisations to run GP out of hours services after the collapse of multiple contracts held by Allied Healthcare and its subsidiaries.

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Exclusive: Safety concerns amid collapse of OOH contracts

Thousands of patients could be left without GP out of hours services after a cash-strapped private provider said it would cease operations by the end of the month.

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Revealed: Babylon’s national expansion push

Digital health company Babylon Healthcare has contacted more than a dozen clinical commissioning groups as it pushes for expansion across the country, including extending its NHS GP partnership to two new cities.

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Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledge

One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.

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Cowper’s Cut: The great Dame Julie Moore retires

Andy Cowper reflects on the leadership and management skills of Dame Julie Moore, who has just retired as chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham FT

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Update: NHS England advises against immediate GP at Hand expansion

NHS England has intervened in a potential expansion of GP at Hand – saying it should be blocked until concerns about patient access to screening can be resolved.

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Major STP appoints new leader

The Birmingham and Solihull health economy has appointed a new leader following the retirement of Dame Julie Moore.

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New CCG ratings revealed

Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.

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Consultancies hired to 'accelerate' integration of four STPs

Two management consultancies have been commissioned to help four STPs in the West Midlands “accelerate” their integration plans, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Chief named for biggest group of CCGs

An accountable officer has been appointed across eight clinical commissioning groups in London, covering the most populous patch of any chief officer.

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CQC: 'No coherent strategy' for city's health services

Health and care leaders in Birmingham lack a coherent strategy for the city and remain focused on organisational rather than system priorities, the Care Quality Commission has said.

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CCGs braced for care firm collapse

NHS organisations are understood to be developing contingency plans in case a company providing services to around 90 clinical commissioning groups runs into further financial trouble.

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CCGs pulled out of special measures ahead of mergers

Three clinical commissioning groups have been taken out of special measures ahead of mergers this weekend.