FINANCE: The primary care trust “cluster” including NHS Bournemouth and Poole, and NHS Dorset have published a joint operating plan for 2011-12.

The plan reveals the PCTs’ expect a 1 per cent funding shift from secondary care to community care.

Out of the cluster’s combined budget of £1.2b, £568m has been earmarked for secondary care and the private sector, while £252m has been budgeted for community care - including mental health services and care provided by the local authority or third sector.

It is anticipated that during 2011-12 the estimated net savings from quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) actions will be at least £23m.

According to the plan, more than half of this (£11.9m) will come from savings on elective surgery, £3.7m will come from continuing healthcare and £3m from savings on primary care.