NHS West Lancashire CCG

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Best Product or Innovation for Patient Safety (public)

Winner Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust: Body worn video on mental health wards

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Trainee doctors raise safety concerns over 'double bleep carrying'

Serious safety concerns have been raised by junior doctors who have had to carry two on-call “bleeps” due to staffing shortages at a struggling acute trust.

Southport and Formby district general hospital

Trust accuses CCGs of 'completely nonsensical' approach to contract rows

A financially struggling acute trust has accused its commissioners of taking a “completely nonsensical” approach to resolving contract disputes over three years.

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Trust reveals why it sacked its chief executive

A hospital trust in the north west has disclosed brief details of the “gross misconduct” which resulted in its chief executive being sacked.

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GP quality – North: Greater Manchester and surrounds lags rest of region

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.

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Eight CCGs could be 'taken over' under council proposals

A single entity could be established to commission all health and social care services in Lancashire, with a councillor potentially given the casting vote on its board, a new report has proposed.

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Virgin wins contracts worth £65m

Virgin Care has been awarded two five year contracts to provide community and urgent care services for a clinical commissioning group in Lancashire.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: The gritty detail of STPs that leaders fear

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

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Trust director would have been sacked for 'gross misconduct'

A senior director at an acute trust in the North West would have been dismissed for gross misconduct had she not resigned earlier this year.

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Exclusive: Leaked STP calls for £160m for hospital services shake-up

Health leaders in Lancashire and south Cumbria believe £160m is required over the next two financial years to deliver key changes to NHS services, according to a leaked draft of the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: Tough times in Southport

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

Southport and Formby district general hospital

Two hospital chiefs step down ahead of disciplinary hearings

Two senior officers have left Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust ahead of disciplinary hearings over their conduct.

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Analysis: CCGs with biggest increases and decreases in GP access

HSJ analysis has identified the clinical commissioning groups with greatest improvements and biggest declines in patient access to GP services over the last three years, following the annual GP patient survey.

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Revealed: Children's services hardest hit by public health cuts

Services aimed at children and young people are bearing the brunt of cuts to public health spending by local authorities, an HSJ investigation has revealed.

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Trust challenges decision to hand contract to private firm

COMMERICAL: An NHS trust has challenged commissioners in Lancashire over the awarding of community equipment contract to a private provider.

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Virgin and Optum shortlisted for contracts worth £65m

COMMISSIONING: Two private companies have been shortlisted in a procurement process for community and urgent care services in Lancashire.

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Learning disability patients in limbo after funding dispute

PATIENT EXPERIENCE: A funding dispute threatens to delay the discharge of learning disability patients from Calderstones Hospital, HSJ has learned.

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Vast improvements recognised at Calderstones

PERFORMANCE: A learning disability hospital which will be forced to close in the next three years is expected to receive a “good” rating from the Care Quality Commission next week.

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Lancashire faces £800m funding gap

FINANCE: Health chiefs in Lancashire are preparing to build a case for “radical” system changes, after the funding gap for health and social care services in the county was predicted to reach £800m in five years.