NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

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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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NHS England confirms funding for major national programme

NHS England has confirmed a further year’s funding will be available for a major national programme amid doubts from local commissioners.

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CCG allocations revealed: The winners and losers

New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.

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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: 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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'Experiment' for new A&E target in the Midlands

NHS organisations in the West Midlands are set to run a “controlled experiment” around a new waiting time target for accident and emergency services, HSJ can reveal.

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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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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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STP leader steps down

The sustainability and transformation partnership leader for the Black Country and west Birmingham is stepping down.

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Revealed: Best and worst trusts for maternity care experience

Thirteen trusts are providing women with a poorer care experience than expected in more than one core area of maternity services, according to the latest data from the Care Quality Commission.

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Fears over 'loss of momentum' for new care models as funding shifts

There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.

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Winners of NHS contract disputes worth millions revealed

NHS England has released details of three arbitration cases between commissioners and trusts, which were arguing over millions in funding.

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Leading vanguard will not procure contract as it 'would take longer'

One of the most advanced national vanguard projects has decided to form a multispecialty community provider through an alliance agreement rather than go out to procurement as it “would take longer”.

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Exclusive: Trust to sell land to quango

A trust in the West Midlands has signed a deal to transfer its surplus land to the Homes and Communities Agency.

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Hospital in dispute with city council over £1m delayed transfer fines

Birmingham City Council is in dispute with a hospital trust over unpaid fines for delayed transfers of care totalling £1.1m.

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Trust forced to delay opening of new PFI hospital

A trust in the West Midlands has pushed back the opening of its new hospital by six months following “engineering difficulty”.

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HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017: Specialist Services

LPFT North East Lincolnshire CAMHS Service: Crisis and Intensive Home Treatment Team

Pharmacy and medicines optimisation

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017: Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

NHS England, specialised commissioning (medicines optimisation clinical reference group): National Dose Standardisation for Chemotherapy

Communication

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017: Communication

Northampton General Hospital Trust: Nurse Bank Recruitment Campaign