The leadership of four more clinical commissioning groups in Greater Manchester is set to merge with their corresponding local authority by the end of next year.
The finance director of a clinical commissioning group in Greater Manchester has been appointed to the same role at the local acute trust.
A “significant amount” of health and care commissioning in Greater Manchester will be done by provider organisations in future, the new chief executive of the region’s combined authority has said.
Exclusive analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that the majority of the worst performing areas for primary care are within a 40 mile radius of Manchester.
Leaders in Greater Manchester have drawn up plans to address a crisis in children’s dental services.
Ministers have been accused of “preventing devolution of healthcare budgets and powers” in a new report.
FINANCE: Health leaders in Greater Manchester have had to revisit the implementation plans for a landmark reconfiguration of hospital services, partly due to “significant risks” around capital funding.
PERFORMANCE: A divert to the 111 telephone service in Bolton has been “switched off” due to concerns about the time taken to answer calls, HSJ has learned.
The “hospital chain” being developed in Greater Manchester looks set to have two separate categories of members – with two major NHS trusts relinquishing a greater degree of sovereignty than others.
The new care model vanguards being developed in Greater Manchester will need to be funded from the region’s already allocated transformation fund, not the national pot.
PERFORMANCE: A number of performance triggers have been drafted which could allow NHS England to “intervene” in the Greater Manchester devolution arrangements.
Council leaders in Greater Manchester have had “exploratory discussions” with private investors as they seek capital investment for the NHS.
About 300 commissioning support staff for Greater Manchester are set to be formally transferred to a clinical commissioning group at the end of the month.
STUCTURE: Primary care providers across Greater Manchester could start operating population based contracts in shadow form from as early as April, HSJ understands.
A third hospital trust is considering whether to join the “foundation chain” being created by two leading foundation trusts in Greater Manchester.
NHS England will remain responsible for many of the budgets being delegated to Greater Manchester under the devolution programme as it is employing the region’s new chief officer.
Councils and clinical commissioning groups in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to integrate their commissioning functions, as part of the region’s devolution project.
Commissioners are exploring whether they can form a new contract for emergency ambulance services across Greater Manchester.
FINANCE: Greater Manchester will receive £450m of “transformation funding” through a direct allocation from NHS England over the next five years.
INTERVIEW: The financial turnaround at Bolton Foundation Trust has been achieved by ignoring many of the accepted rules for struggling trusts, its finance director has said.