NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

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New triage process helps struggling service cut waiting list by 30pc

An overhaul in the pathway for a flagship mental health service in Birmingham has led to a 30 per cent decrease in its waiting list since June.

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Babylon given the green light to expand in Birmingham

A cap on the number of patients that can register at Babylon GP at Hand’s new Birmingham service will be lifted next month, providing certain criteria are met, after commissioners backed the move this afternoon.

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Plan to break up CCG rejected

Sandwell and West Birmingham GPs have rejected a proposal to break-up their clinical commissioning group, despite the city’s local medical committee saying a vote against the split would be a “disaster”.

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Babylon PCN is a temporary arrangement, confirms NHSE

A primary care network composed only of Babylon’s GP at Hand is only a temporary measure while NHS England conducts a review of digital first providers and out of area registration.

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Babylon GP at Hand launches Birmingham clinic this week

Controversial digital GP practice Babylon GP at Hand has officially launched a new clinic in Birmingham, offering services in the city from tomorrow.

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GP at Hand’s Birmingham practice faces catchment area limits

Restrictions are set to be placed on Babylon GP at Hand’s new practice in Birmingham, including the size of its catchment area and the number of patients who can sign up to services.

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More STPs being 'milked' to bail out neighbours

More health systems are being asked to bailout their neighbours after national regulators introduced new regional financial targets, HSJ has learned.

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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.