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An integrated system requires collaboration and strong leadership

Circle Integrated Care has been delivering end-to-end MSK services to Bedfordshire CCG, supporting the delivery of high-quality outcomes, writes Amanda Phillips

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An integrated approach to MSK

Claire Read explores how an integrated MSK pathway in Greenwich improved patient experience and delivered savings.

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Trio of private providers fight for £2.2bn London contract

Three bidders have been shortlisted for one of the biggest NHS pathology contracts, HSJ can reveal.


CCG allocations revealed: The winners and losers

New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.

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Eight trusts tender £2bn pathology contract amid network shake-up

An NHS pathology contract worth more than £2bn has been put on the market with the aim of linking eight trusts’ laboratory services.

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New CCG ratings revealed

Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.

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CCGs clash over GP at Hand patients

Commissioners in south London have complained to counterparts in the north west of the city about GP at Hand – claiming patients who switch to the online service are not clearly told they could lose access to their existing GP.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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Deficit trust borrowing £95m to cover overspend

A £539m turnover trust will need to borrow £95.5m in 2017-18 to achieve its financial targets, it has revealed.


Troubled CCG sacked finance staff for 'approving unauthorised pay rises'

A clinical commissioning group sacked two accountants after they were found to have signed off unauthorised pay increases.

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New leader named for five CCGs and STP

A cluster of five London clinical commissioning groups has appointed a single accountable officer.

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CCGs in legal directions lose commissioning responsibilities

Five clinical commissioning groups have been given legal directions by NHS England this month – two of which have been ordered to stop commissioning all acute services.

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STP dilutes plan to centralise elective work

An STP in the capital has dropped plans to centralise elective orthopaedic work at two sites.

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City investor bids to buy Circle in £74m deal

A City investment firm is set to buy Circle, one of the NHS’s most high profile private providers, in a deal the company said values it at around £74m.

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GP quality - London: CQC ratings confirm challenge in East London

HSJ’s analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that east London is underperforming against the rest of the capital.

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Exclusive: Circle signs trust's wish list to mitigate impact of new contract

Circle Health has agreed to a set of actions designed to reduce the financial impact of a new musculoskeletal care contract on the incumbent provider trust, HSJ has learned.

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London Eye: No devo news is big devo news

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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Circle contract win means trust 'risks going in special measures'

A struggling NHS trust could lose up to £6.6m of income and risk being put into financial special measures after losing a £73m contract, a report has found.

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London Eye: Keeping NHS England happy

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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Financially troubled CCG 'distracted' by service reform, review finds

The “desire” to report positively to NHS England and “too much focus on service redesign” contributed to mismanagement at a London clinical commissioning group, a report into its governance has found.