NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG

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Regulator criticises 'passive and unwieldy' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership had “not begun to function effectively” when the Care Quality Commission carried out a local system review at the end of 2017.

Ambulance

CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm

Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator.

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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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Leader steps aside at legal directions CCG

The accountable officer of a clinical commissioning group under NHS England legal directions is to step aside to take a new role in the local “accountable care partnership”.

Great Yarmouth

NHS England accepts deficit forecasts for 14 CCGs

NHS England has accepted revised financial forecasts from 14 clinical commissioning groups, its mid-year report shows.

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CCGs overspend by £60m but only one revises forecast

Local commissioners overspent against their financial plans by nearly £60m in the four months to August, but NHS England still expects them to deliver a near breakeven position by the end of 2017-18.

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Leading south coast trust misses finance target by £8m

A trust which is rated outstanding and is in relative financial health has reported an £8m deterioration in its finances.

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CCG with 'serious weaknesses' put under legal directions

A clinical commissioning group has been placed under legal directions by NHS England after reporting a £27m overspend.

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Thousands of patients could be forced into care homes due to CCG cuts

Thousands of patients could be forced into residential care as a result of clinical commissioning groups restricting funding for care at home, data shared with HSJ reveals.

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Trust to review patient homicides following manslaughter case

LEGAL: An independent review will examine the cases of patients at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust who went on to kill after a patient was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Ambulance

Patient transport to go to private providers despite union protests

STRUCTURE: A major transfer of patient transport services to private providers will go ahead on 1 April, commissioners have said, despite unions calling for a three month delay.

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Sussex trust’s deficit forecast sinks

FINANCE: East Sussex Healthcare Trust has increased its predicted deficit by a third after losses soared in the first nine months of the financial year.

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Health on the back burner in southern devolution bid

Complex integration left to later stage by Surrey, East and West Sussex

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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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Mental health trust urged to create suicide prevention plan

PERFORMANCE: Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has been told to improve after the Care Quality Commission found the trust had no plan in place to tackle the high rate of suicide in the area.

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High staff sickness rates may be due on low vaccine uptake

WORKFORCE: Sussex Community Trust may have missed its targets for staff sickness absence because not enough staff had the flu vaccine or the vaccine itself was not effective.

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Controversial MSK contract could stay with current providers, CCG says

STRUCTURE: Commissioners in West Sussex will begin discussions with local providers to continue delivering musculoskeletal services after the preferred bidder pulled out of the contract.

Physiotherapy

Bupa and CSH Surrey pull out of £235m MSK contract

Private provider Bupa and social enterprise CSH Surrey have pulled out of a £235m contract to run musculoskeletal services in West Sussex.

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MSK contract loss could 'negatively impact' trust

STRUCTURE: The decommissioning of musculoskeletal services from Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust could “negatively impact” its other work, according to an independent assessment carried out following a controversial contract tender.

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Exclusive: CCGs criticise NHS England co-commissioning 'confusion'

The leaders of six clinical commissioning groups have written to NHS England criticising “apparent confusion and lack of clarity” in its proposals for primary care co-commissioning, HSJ can reveal.