Worcestershire commissioners have chosen a community and mental health trust to be an “integrator” for accountable care across the county.
The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.
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.
Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups have appointed their first joint accountable officer – a year after they merged their leadership team.
Three clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands are set to appoint a single accountable officer, HSJ has learned.
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.
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.
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.
NHS England given approval in principle for £29m of capital spending to pay for the reconfiguration of acute services at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.
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.
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.
PATIENT SAFETY: More bacteria has been discovered in the endoscopy unit of a Worcestershire hospital with an “unsafe” layout and equipment “overdue for replacement”.
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.
COMMERCIAL: Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit has been named as the preferred provider of support services to Worcestershire’s three clinical commissioning groups.
Chief officer of two Worcestershire CCGs is seconded to lead Herefordshire CCG for two years
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.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
PERFORMANCE: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has been placed in special measures.
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.