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Trust selected as accountable care 'integrator' for county

Worcestershire commissioners have chosen a community and mental health trust to be an “integrator” for accountable care across the county.

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Former PCT chief appointed to chair STP

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.

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Three CCGs move towards merger

Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups will will hold their governing body meetings and share the majority of their members ahead of a possible merger in 2019.

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CCG trio appoints joint accountable officer

Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups have appointed their first joint accountable officer – a year after they merged their leadership team.

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Three CCGs to appoint joint accountable officer

Three clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands are set to appoint a single accountable officer, HSJ has learned.

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CCGs claim rationing decision based on Right Care programme

One of the three West Midlands CCGs that plans to ration knee and hip operations to save £2m a year has said it was advised by an NHS England official prior to making the decision.

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'No justification' for CCGs' rationing, says royal college

The Royal College of Surgeons has said there is “no clinical justification” for three CCGs’ plan to greatly reduce eligibility for knee and hip replacements, which could save £2m a year.

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Trust sought millions in compensation for 'horrendous' handover delays

An ambulance trust sought millions of pounds in compensation from commissioners for “horrendous” handover delays as part of 2017-18 contract negotiations, HSJ has learnt.

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NHS England agrees £29m acute reconfiguration plan

NHS England given approval in principle for £29m of capital spending to pay for the reconfiguration of acute services at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.

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A&E closures not ruled out in troubled STP patch

The new health system for Hereford and Worcestershire has requested national support to help consolidate back office services across all of its NHS organisations and local councils.

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CCGs consider sweeping restrictions to plug £25m hole

FINANCE: A group of clinical commissioning groups in the Midlands have outlined proposals for wide ranging restrictions to NHS services in order to close a £25m funding gap.

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More bugs found in hospital's endoscopy unit

PATIENT SAFETY: More bacteria has been discovered in the endoscopy unit of a Worcestershire hospital with an “unsafe” layout and equipment “overdue for replacement”.

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Worcestershire hospital reforms approved by trust and CCGs

STRUCTURE: A long running West Midlands reconfiguration has moved a step closer to being implemented after proposals were backed by the affected trust and its main commissioners.

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Worcestershire CCGs ink three year commissioning support deal

COMMERCIAL: Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit has been named as the preferred provider of support services to Worcestershire’s three clinical commissioning groups.

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Worcestershire chief to take over in Herefordshire

Chief officer of two Worcestershire CCGs is seconded to lead Herefordshire CCG for two years

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Special measures trust chair to step down

WORKFORCE: The chair of a West Midlands acute trust placed into special measures last month is to step down in March after six years in the role.

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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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‘Inadequate’ Worcestershire trust placed in special measures

PERFORMANCE: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has been placed in special measures.

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CCG chair fears maternity closure may be permanent

STRUCTURE: A clinical commissioning group chair has said there is “very significant concern” that a temporary closure of inpatient maternity services at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch will become permanent.

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Exclusive: 11 patients infected in ‘unsafe’ endoscopy unit

An ‘unsafe’ endoscopy unit at a West Midlands trust has resulted in 11 patients acquiring infections, HSJ can reveal.