NHS South East Staffs and Seisdon Peninsular CCG

Budget cuts

Exclusive: The 23 CCGs predicting a cut in mental health spending

The proportion of clinical commissioning groups whose mental health spending will fall in cash terms is predicted to double this year to one in 10, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs appoint joint accountable officer to cover entire county

The six clinical commissioning groups covering Staffordshire have appointed a single accountable officer.

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Exclusive: GPs back CCG shake up despite 'no confidence' vote

Commissioners in Staffordshire have received endorsement from members for their plans to appoint a single accountable officer, despite GPs previously submitting a vote of no confidence in the CCGs.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

CCG leader appointed director of troubled STP

A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.

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Emergency department to close as part of £245m savings plan

An accident and emergency department will close in Staffordshire along with 100 community hospital beds, according to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation plan.

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Exclusive: STP chair resigns before plan is published

The leader of Staffordshire’s sustainability and transformation plan has resigned ahead of the five year strategy being published.

Money, cash and notes

Analysed: The CCGs with the biggest overspends

Four of the five most overspent clinical commissioning groups so far in 2016-17 are in the West Midlands, but most still expect to recover their positions by March.

Doctor prescribing

CCGs mull 'ban' on third party drug ordering

Clinical commissioning groups in south Staffordshire are considering a clampdown on community pharmacies ordering prescriptions on behalf of their patients, following a spike in spending on prescription items.

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Hospital trust to take over running of three GP practices

The Royal Wolverhampton Trust will take over the running of three GP practices from April as part of a pilot scheme to integrate primary and secondary care in the West Midlands city.

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Largest GP federation becomes social enterprise

COMMERCIAL: The country’s largest GP federation has changed its constitution to become a community interest company.

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Staffordshire CCGs anticipate 'virtual' merger

STRUCTURE: The chief officer of a trio of clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire has said that by the middle of the year they could merge virtually all of their functions.

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£1.2bn contracts tender paused following Cambridgeshire fiasco

The largest outcomes based contracting tender exercise in the country has been paused in response to the collapse of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s £800m contract for older people’s care.

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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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Analysis: Size, spread and form of large scale GP groups

HSJ has collated the most comprehensive picture so far of England’s GP networks, federations and super practices.

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Staffs CCG to reduce minor injury unit opening times

FINANCE: South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group is to reduce the opening hours of two minor injury units to “free up” approximately £300,000 a year, it has announced.

Money

Trust posts £8m surplus after third quarter

FINANCE: South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust had a surplus of £8.26m on income and expenditure as of 31 December.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

Leaked report exposes Staffordshire's 'oppressive culture'

A leaked report has delivered a damning verdict on the NHS leadership in Staffordshire, describing the health economy as beset with an ‘oppressive culture’ and in ‘perpetual crisis mode’.

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CCG expected to rule on closure of mental health unit

STRUCTURE: Telford and Wrekin CCG is expected to decide next month whether to close a mental health unit in Telford that hosts inpatient facilities and crisis resolution teams.

Cannock Chase Hospital

Stafford Hospital inpatient surgery transferred

Surgical services and procedures requiring overnight inpatient stays have been transferred from the former Stafford Hospital to Royal Stoke University Hospital and Royal Wolverhampton Trust.

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

External improvement director appointed at Heart of England

PERFORMANCE: Monitor has appointed an improvement director to help turn around Heart of England Foundation Trust.