Capita, Circle and trust team up for £1bn bid; Bryan Sivak interview; and the rest of today’s news

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4.00pm: There are still a few hours left to enter the Compassionate Patient Care category of the HSJ Awards (see 11.38am). For all the details and the entry form visit the HSJ Awards website. The deadline is midnight tonight.

3.33pm: Staffordshire Council’s leader has proposed an alternative model for the future of the county’s health economy to the one recommended by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust’s special administrators (reported by HSJ yesterday).

Philip Atkins said the administrators’ proposals risked local hospitals floating off as “satellites” of NHS trusts outside the county.

Under his alternative plan, four local hospitals − Stafford, Cannock, University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Queen’s Hospital in Burton Upon Trent − would be merged into a single acute trust.

3.08pm: Gill Cooper has been appointed as non-executive director of Dudley Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust.

Ms Cooper has previously been non-executive director at Dudley Primary Care Trust and chair of the Black Country cluster board for Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall PCTs. She has been appointed until 31 July 2017. 

2.47pm: On HSJ’s leadership channel, Deb Chafer from the NHS Leadership Academy explains how creating a strong leadership programme can help nurture staff and encourage future leaders in a changing health service.

2.33pm: Jeremy Hunt has written a blog for the US based Health Data Consortium. The health secretary spoke at the consortium’s Health Datapalooza event in June.

2.05pm: Over on HSJ’s Pinterest board we have posted our list of women in UK history who have paved the way for female leaders working in health today. This followsour celebration of the achievements of female leaders and pioneers in healthcare and our first ever list of the 50 most inspiring women in healthcare.

2.01pm: Sky News reports that forty NHS trusts in England are allowing personal injury lawyers to advertise in their hospital wards and A&E departments despite the government guidelines not to do so.

An investigation found some hospitals are receiving tens of thousands of pounds each to let solicitors display posters and other promotional material to encourage patients to seek compensation for their injuries.

This is despite DH guidelines, issued repeatedly since 2004, warning that the practice must come to an end. Some hospitals are paid up to £112,000 a year in return for allowing advertising, while other NHS trusts receive no income but get information leaflets printed for free in return for a “no win, no fee” advert on the reverse.

1.48pm: In our opinion section, Harry Harron argues that with performance targets being missed by many, it makes sense for A&E departments to look to European doctors to reduce their reliance on costly locums.

But he warns: “The UK and Ireland have emergency departments set up in a unique way to the rest of Europe. Therefore finding a straight fit, ie: someone who can move from one EU country to work in an English speaking A&E department, is a challenge.”

12.52pm: GPs are being urged to question women with diabetes or epilepsy about their plans for children to prevent placing unborn babies at risk.

New financial incentives have been published by NICE to encourage family doctors to target women in their childbearing years.

Under the plans, doctors will be asked to note the percentage of women with diabetes who are aged 17 or over, but under 45, who have been given advice in the previous year about contraception, conceiving and pregnancy.

12.23pm: HSJ’s story about privately run Lister Surgicentre being taken over by the NHS following repeated complaints about patient safety (see 10.53am) is online.

12.16pm: NHS England has published quarterly data about the Cancer Drugs Fund.

The figures show 4,128 patients gained access to life extending treatment through the fund in April-June, meaning over 16,500 patients are set to receive drugs this financial year.

Colorectal cancer patients were the biggest beneficiary from the fund, with 1,179 courses of treatment, followed by prostate cancer with 926 and blood cancer with 723. The most commonly approved drugs were bevacizumab, abiraterone and bendamustine.

12.08pm: This week’s HSJ Local Briefing looks at plans to integrate health and social care services in Somerset. For news and analysis in your region visit HSJ Local and follow our reporters on Twitter.

11.38am: The deadline to enter the Compassionate Patient Care category at the HSJ Awards is today.

The Compassionate Patient Care category will showcase the ways in which the health service has built on the recommendations of the Francis report, and highlight organisations at the forefront of the patient centred care agenda. The award is backed by the Department of Health.

For more information visit the HSJ Awards website.

11.31am: A doctor and former MP will stand at the 2015 general election to fight the government’s NHS reforms.

Former independent MP for Wyre Forest and co-leader of the National Health Action Party Richard Taylor said he felt compelled to offer his candidacy following news that £5bn of contracts had been put out to tender.

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11.13am: An interesting story from HSJ’s sister title Local Government Chronicle: Financially pressured local authorities are planning to massively increase their reliance on reserves this year by drawing down £1.2bn to balance their books − almost 60 times the amount they intended to use in 2012-13.

The data from the Office for National Statistics and the Department for Communities and Local Government shows councils are starting to build up public health reserves for the first time, following the transfer of responsibility for these services from the NHS to local government.

In the first year, just over £10m was added, though the ONS data shows that only London boroughs and unitary councils have done so to date, with county councils and metropolitan districts adding nothing to this category of reserves. Read the full story here.

10.53am: The termination of Clinicenta’s contract to run Lister Surgicentre (see 10.41am and 10.43am) also makes it to page 2 of the Financial Times.

10.50am: Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust has teamed up with outsourcer Capita and private health provider Circle to jointly bid for a £1bn older people’s care contract, HSJ has learned.

The innovative joint bid for the high profile contract marks a significant change in fortunes for the embattled NHS trust which commissioners had previously decided to abolish in April.

Capita has revealed to HSJ it is part of a three-way bid for the CCG’s integrated care contract. Read the full story here. and follow HSJ reporter James Illman on Twitter for the latest.

10.43am: The Daily Mail has also covered the Lister Surgicentre story, saying: “A private firm running a failing NHS clinic will walk off with £53million of taxpayers’ cash thanks to a botched Labour contract.”

10.41am: The Independent has a story on the Lister Surgicentre in Stevenage being signed over to East and North Hertfordshire Trust after patient safety concerns after the deaths of three people after routine surgery. The story was covered in HSJ Live yesterday. For more background on the story, visit the trust’s HSJ Local page.

10.37am: The Guardian is reporting a story of a patient who faces paying a bill of £18,000 as legal costs over GP medical records.

Sara Tenneson had asked her practice to remove confidential personal information dating back 18 years ago from her medical record. Now, more than a year later, after a lengthy legal battle she will have to pay more than £18000 as costs.

The paper says that the retired garden historian’s experience is a “cautionary one for the NHS patients who think they control what’s on their medical records.”

“Challenging the medical establishment’s ownership of her patient record left Sara Tenneson without access to a regular GP. Her plight is at the heart of a tussle between bureaucrats and the public, with ministers publishing draft guidance for citizens to be able to remove ‘data whenever (they) want”’.

10.28am HSJ Exclusive: Barack Obama’s top health technology official, Bryan Sivak, has told HSJ that trusts should be wary of committing to multimillion-pound contracts with orthodox electronic patient record systems offered by existing market leading IT vendors.

Mr Sivak also commented on cloud computing. He said: “The cloud cuts down on the amount of customisation but it rapidly increases the ability to implement new features. It decreases the costs of any one given implementation because it makes them more ‘cookie cutter.’”

10.00am: Good morning, today on HSJ’s commissioning channel, Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says the NHS must improve its understanding of, and provision for, the long term consequences of cancer if it is to cope with a rising number of patients.

She writes: “To better manage the consequences of cancer and its treatment we need a culture shift in commissioning, helped by policy and financial incentives, to encourage the provision of long term care and support including supporting people to self-manage.”