NHS Walsall CCG

Claire Murdoch

One in 10 CCGs missing spending target 'not good enough'

More than one in 10 clinical commissioning groups were forecasting they would miss the national mental health spending mandate for 2017-18, latest NHS England data shows.

Andy Williams

STP leader steps down

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

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CCGs have legal directions removed

National leaders have lifted the legal directions for three formerly struggling clinical commissioning groups.

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Trust criticised over maternity culture ran 'normal birth' campaign

A trust that was recently criticised over the “oppressive” culture within its maternity department ran a “normal birth” campaign earlier this year, HSJ can reveal.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Trust warned by regulator over 'oppressive' culture

A trust in the West Midlands has been issued with enforcement action by the Care Quality Commission following concerns about an “oppressive” culture in its maternity department.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Inadequate trust set to lose 'unsustainable' stroke services

A trust’s stroke services deemed “unsustainable” by commissioners are set to be taken over by a neighbouring provider.

surgery

Corrected: Trust cancelled operations to hit financial targets

A trust in the West Midlands cancelled elective operations for three weeks in March in a bid to meet its financial targets set by NHS Improvement.

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Inadequate CCG 'disintegrates' joint commissioning with council

A West Midlands clinical commissioning group, currently under NHS England legal directions, has dissolved the joint commissioning unit it had with its local authority.

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GP quality: Best and worst CCGs in the Midlands and East

In-depth analysis of Care Qquality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows pockets of good and bad primary care performance scattered across the England Midlands and East region.

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Region moves towards contracts to cover whole STP

Clinical commissioning groups in the Black Country have set out a timeline to procure a single acute and single mental health contract across their sustainability and transformation plan area, HSJ has learned.

 accountable officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group    

CCGs move to 'single management structure' across STP

Four clinical commissioning groups in the Black Country are set to move towards a “single management structure”, HSJ has learned.

Ambulance

16 CCGs launch integrated NHS 111 and urgent care services

Sixteen West Midlands clinical commissioning groups are set to mobilise a new integrated NHS 111, GP out of hours and urgent care service across a population of 4.6 million after awarding a set of contracts worth up to £172m.

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Yorkshire 'inadequate' CCG appoints new chief officer

A struggling clinical commissioning group in Yorkshire, put in “financial special measures” last week, has appointed a new accountable officer.

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NHS England moves CCGs to 'single commissioning structures’

“Single commissioning leadership structures” will be introduced in two parts of the country by NHS England as part of a new “financial special measures regime” for clinical commissioning groups.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mapped: The trusts and CCGs in new special measures regime

NHS Improvement and NHS England have launched a new financial special measures regime for trusts and clinical commissioning groups which are not meeting their performance commitments.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Short-staffed neonatal unit 'should not have been operating'

WORKFORCE: A hospital’s neonatal unit caring for seriously ill new born babies did not have enough nurses or doctors to meet national guidelines and should not have been operating, an independent report has concluded.

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'Very few' NHS contracts agreed after 'challenging' negotiations

Regulators have extended the deadline for NHS providers to submit their operational plans for the current financial year because “very few” have met the deadline for agreeing their contract.

Surgical tools

Royal college lambasts CCGs over restricting access to surgery

Six clinical commissioning groups have been accused of ignoring or misrepresenting clinical guidance in order to restrict access to vital surgery.

David Loughton

Hospital trust to take over running of three GP practices

The Royal Wolverhampton Trust will take over the running of three GP practices from April as part of a pilot scheme to integrate primary and secondary care in the West Midlands city.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Exclusive: Midlands trust expected to enter special measures this week

PERFORMANCE: A West Midlands hospital is expected to be put in special measures this week after the Care Quality Commission found serious failings and risks to patient safety.