NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Weston General Hospital

Downgrade proposed for A&E at country's smallest trust

The country’s smallest hospital trust could lose its A&E service under proposals that will be put to the public for consultation next year.

Weston General Hospital

A&E unit’s fate to be decided next year

The fate of one of the NHS’ smallest emergency departments will be decided “later next year”, commissioners announced this month.

Bristol clifton suspension bridge

CCG to tender billion pound community services contract

A community services contract, worth £1.7bn, is set to be procured by commissioners in the South West of England

Claire Murdoch

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.

Money, cash and notes

High paid interims at overspending organisations revealed

Some of the most cash strapped clinical commissioning groups in the country have paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds for interim executives – despite a promised NHS England crackdown on their use, an HSJ investigation has revealed.

Julia ross

Exclusive: Major services shake up for troubled health economy

Community services across a swathe of the South West could be consolidated into a single service as a newly merged clinical commissioning group seeks to relieve pressure on hospitals.

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.

Handshake merger

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.

Keyboard

Exemplar trust checking backlog of 85,000 'on hold' patient records

One of the NHS’s global digital exemplar trusts is reviewing 85,000 patients records after they were mistakenly left “on hold”, potentially leading to treatment delays.

Weston General Hospital

Smallest acute trust to merge

The smallest acute trust in England is due to merge with its neighbour, after years struggling with unsustainable services.

Microscope

CCGs backtrack on £10.5m contract after legal challenge

Three clinical commissioning groups pulled out of a £10.5m fertility contract just weeks before the service was meant to start, after a legal challenge to the decision.

Great Yarmouth

NHS England accepts deficit forecasts for 14 CCGs

NHS England has accepted revised financial forecasts from 14 clinical commissioning groups, its mid-year report shows.

Birmingham

Exclusive: Mergers involving 11 CCGs get green light

NHS England has approved unprecedented changes to clinical commissioning groups across the country, consolidating 11 CCGs into four, HSJ can reveal.

Chris Bown

Former chief of several trusts to lead advanced STP

A former trust chief executive has been appointed leader of a sustainability and transformation partnership covering two counties in the South West.

Bristol

CCGs tender £125m contract for integrated urgent care

A distressed health economy is redesigning its urgent care services with commissioners releasing a £125m contract to bring urgent out of hospital services together.

Weston General Hospital

Smallest hospital trust moves closer to downgrade and merger

England’s smallest acute trust has moved a step closer to downgrading its emergency services, with the publication of proposals for “a new community focused role… at the heart of the new model of care”.

Clifton bridge Bristol

CCGs confirm plan for mega-merger

Three clinical commissioning groups that cover one of the most financially strained health economies in the country have proposed a full merger as part of a wider reconfiguration of services.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: Outstanding trust but STP is bottom of the class

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable weekly insight for commissioners, by Dave West.

Sir Ron Kerr

Former trust chief to chair STP 'undergoing refresh'

Sir Ron Kerr has been appointed as independent chair of troubled South West sustainability and transformation partnership.

money efficiency

Mapped: Cash-strapped CCGs fail to hit spending standard

EXCLUSIVE: Commissioners facing deficits or struggling to balance their books are the most likely to be failing to meet the national mental health spending mandate.