PERFORMANCE: Hampshire primary care trusts are continuing to buck a national trend with rising demand for non-elective services.

Board papers for March’s Southampton, Hamshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth primary care trust cluster board meeting say: “Non-elective activity is 4.1 per cent up year on year across SHIP… this continues to buck a national trend which is showing non-elective activity lower than previous years.”

The report adds: “Further joint work with providers in each system is needed to get a full and shared understanding of the drivers.”

In Southampton, “levels of overperformance and lack of impact to date of remedial actions on [acute] activity” was identified as an issue. “All areas of activity overperforming against plan,” said the cluster’s finance and performance report. “Most areas also above previous year. Remedial action plan is being implemented.”

In Portsmouth, concerns were identified GP referrals and activity levels. The South East Hampshire health system has been about placed in an “escalated performance management process.”