NHS Chiltern CCG

Louise watson

NHS England director appointed to lead integrated care system

An integrated care system early adopter has appointed an NHS England director to lead its transformation programme.

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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.

Oxford

CCG pushes search for permanent chief into new year

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has hired an interim chief executive and will not seek a permanent replacement for the outgoing accountable officer until next year.

Oxford

Trust chief exec appointed to lead 'advanced' STP

A trust chief with more than 20 years experience has been appointed “executive lead” of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West sustainability and transformation partnership.

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.

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CCGs 'anticipate' formal merger next year

Two Buckinghamshire clinical commissioning groups are expected to merge next year after seeking permission from NHS England.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs plan merger as Stevens moratorium lifts

Two clinical commissioning groups are aiming to merge within weeks, marking the end of a three year moratorium and potentially the beginning of a wave of consolidation.

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Private provider withdraws from regional urgent care deal

Care UK has pulled out of a contract to provide NHS 111 and out of hours services across several clinical commissioning group areas six weeks after it was awarded, putting the intended launch date of the service at risk.

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NHS England sets new rules for CCG mergers

Clinical commissioning group mergers must create footprints that help deliver sustainability and transformation plans, and which are “future proofed” for the emergence of accountable care providers, under new NHS England guidance.

Oxford

STP-wide commissioning team to take powers from CCGs

A new commissioning executive is to be formed to overcome the “significant challenge” of commissioning across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint in the East of England, and will take powers from seven clinical commissioning groups.

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Southern CCGs join leadership and target merger

Two clinical commissioning groups in south of England have joined their leadership and plan to merge if they are permitted to, they have told HSJ.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: More good CCGs will merge than bad ones

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

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Exclusive: Another CCG agrees variation from QOF

A clinical commissioning group in the south of England has agreed a variation to the GP quality and outcomes framework with nearly all its practices, to encourage more community based care.

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GPs privately urged to prescribe Tamiflu despite concerns

WORKFORCE: NHS England is encouraging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu to care and nursing home patients as a preventative measure, despite concerns about its effectiveness.

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Boardroom to front line: Tech advances have benefits across the NHS

The potential to improve governance and patient care

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Prevention is a better investment than cure

Preventing illness is a wiser use of money for CCGs