NHS South Tees CCG

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NHS wins landmark legal battle against drug companies

The NHS has today won a landmark legal battle against two international pharmaceutical giants which could save the health service hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

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GP to head new cross-CCG leadership team

A GP has been appointed to lead a joint management team across five north east clinical commissioning groups.

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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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Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.

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Exclusive: CCGs across region refuse to commission flu antivirals

Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.

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CCG given ultimatum to join regional committee

A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.

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Exclusive: Merger talks to create largest STP in the country

Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.

Durham

Twelve CCGs propose joint decision making across three STPs

Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.

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Commissioners to take over leading CSU

A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

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Latest STP published reveals hospital reconfiguration

Consolidating specialist hospital services on to two sites and creating a string of multispecialty community providers are key elements of the latest sustainability and transformation plan to be published.

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CSU director named as CCG chief officer

The managing director of the North of England Commissioning Support Unit has been appointed as chief executive for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, and will do both jobs.

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North East CCGs could take over CSU

STRUCTURE: Plans are being drawn up to turn the North East’s commissioning support unit into a company owned by its customer CCGs.

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'Conflict of interest' claim over mental health contract

COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.

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Trust chief executive to retire after 42 years in NHS

WORKFORCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive Tricia Hart is to retire.

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South Tees hit by regulatory double whammy

PEFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Commissioning support unit wins European award

COMMERCIAL: The North of England Commissioning Support has been recognised at the European Shared Services and Outsourcing Network Excellence Awards.

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Pharmacies step in to help ease pressure on GP surgeries

PRIMARY CARE: Pharmacies in the North East have started to provide free pain killers so that patients with minor ailments do not have to make appointments with their GPs.

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North East trust to shed payroll jobs by outsourcing service

COMMERCIAL: A North East trust has announced it is outsourcing payroll services to a trust in Lancashire, affecting up to 37 members of staff.

South Tees FT fails to meets referral to treatment target for three consecutive quarters

PERFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust has failed to meet its admitted standard for 18 week referral to treatment times for three consecutive quarters.

Northern CCGs form collaborative

STRUCTURE: Clinical commissioning groups in the North East and Cumbria have formed a collaborative group for joint contracting, system leadership and sharing expertise.