NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG

Amanda bloor

CCGs and trust set up mental health partnership board

Commissioners have set up a joint board with their mental health trust to create an integrated health and social care partnership, HSJ can reveal.

Rob Webster

STP moves towards shared control total

Leaders across a sustainability and transformation partnership are drafting a new agreement that could lead to the organisations in the STP sharing a control total.

Sunderland

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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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.

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Corrected: Vanguard areas saw fall in GP referral rate last year, analysis shows

Areas covered by new care model vanguards saw a fall in the GP referral rate during 2016 and 2017, and very slightly lower growth in emergency admission rates than the rest of England, analysis by HSJ indicates.

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STP region aims for huge savings across elective care

Commissioning leaders are aiming to save £50m a year by standardising policies in elective care across their sustainability and transformation partnership footprint.

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CCGs rule out merger as 'unwelcome distraction'

Three clinical commissioning groups in Leicestershire have ruled out merging as it would be “an unwelcome distraction”.

York Hospital

Exclusive: Trusts face cash flow crisis as CCGs stop advance payments

Trusts are facing increasing cash flow pressures after NHS England instructed local commissioners to stop making advance payments on block contracts, HSJ can reveal.

Amanda Bloor

New hospital put on hold by financially struggling CCG

A clinical commissioning group that slipped from outstanding to requires improvement last month has put plans for a new £16m mental health hospital on hold.

Whitby in Yorkshire

NHS England to take 'light touch' approach to CCG collaboration

Three clinical commissioning groups could create a joint committee after one ruled out a merger and sharing a single accountable officer.

Harrogate

Vanguard turned to plan B after first model 'didn't work'

A national vanguard site has told HSJ that it has started “afresh” with its new care model after the version used in the first two years “didn’t work”.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

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CCGs to join up for STP-wide commissioning

All the clinical commissioning groups across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint have signed up to form a commissioning committee covering the whole patch.

Rob Webster

Big STP plots 'accountable care organisations' across 2.5m patch

New “accountable care organisations” will strengthen commissioning services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, according to its published sustainability and transformation plan.

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Seven councils reject STP submissions

Local authorities in London and Yorkshire have said they cannot sign up to their areas’ sustainability and transformation plans due to concerns about hospital reconfiguration and transparency.

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'Outstanding' CCG to make smokers and obese patients wait six months for surgery

Obese patients and smokers will have to try to lose weight or quit smoking for six months before being considered for operations under a Yorkshire CCG’s plans to save £8m.

Harrogate

'Outstanding' CCG announces £8m savings target

FINANCE: A Yorkshire clinical commissioning group rated as outstanding last month has announced it needs to make £8.4m savings this year.

David Williams

What's new in care models: Can conflicts of interest be avoided?

Tracking everything that’s new in care models and progress of the Five Year Forward View, by our deputy bureau chief and integration reporter David Williams.

Airedale Mills Micklethwaite

Vanguard CCGs cut better care fund pot

Five clinical commissioning groups, including two involved in NHS England’s vanguard programme, have cut their planned better care fund contributions for next year.