NHS Bedfordshire CCG

Luton borders

CCGs appoint new chief officer

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.

Bedford hospital

Commissioners look again at trust's 'fragile' services

NHS England and local commissioners want to look again at “fragile” clinical services run by Bedford Hospital Trust – less than a year after the provider committed to retaining its emergency and obstetrics departments.

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Exclusive: Councils threaten to quit leading STP

Local authorities from a leading health economy have threatened to quit working with its STP as they say it “cannot legitimately claim to be working towards an integrated system.”

Milton Keynes Hospital

Trusts in separate health economies consider 'stronger collaboration'

Two hospital trusts in separate health economies are looking at the benefits of a “stronger working relationship and collaboration”.

Luton borders

Leading health system will not become 'full' ICS this year

A leading health system will not become a “fully operational” integrated care system this year as hoped, instead remaining in “shadow” form.

Claire Murdoch

One in 10 CCGs missing spending target 'not good enough'

More than one in 10 clinical commissioning groups were forecasting they would miss the national mental health spending mandate for 2017-18, latest NHS England data shows.

Patient transport

Trust given two-year contract after private provider collapse

A two year patient transport contract was awarded to an ambulance trust, after it said it would not otherwise be able to provide short term support, it has emerged.

Bedford

ACS commissioning group re-enters special measures after seven months

A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.

Great Yarmouth

NHS England accepts deficit forecasts for 14 CCGs

NHS England has accepted revised financial forecasts from 14 clinical commissioning groups, its mid-year report shows.

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Outstanding trust wins five year £195m contract outside patch

One of the country’s leading mental health trusts has won a £195m contract to provide community health services in Bedfordshire.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2017: Mental Health

Mental Health Inreach Team, Oxleas Foundation Trust, HMP Swaleside: The Emotional Wellbeing Mentor Scheme at HMP Swaleside

Matthew Tait

Three CCGs in 'devolution' STP appoint shared chief officer

A single chief officer has been appointed across the three clinical commissioning groups in the Surrey Heartlands sustainability and transformation partnership.

city of london

City investor bids to buy Circle in £74m deal

A City investment firm is set to buy Circle, one of the NHS’s most high profile private providers, in a deal the company said values it at around £74m.

Concrete cows Milton Keynes

Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust gets cash for staff standing up in long meetings

A Midlands trusts is asking staff to stand when meetings run over an hour to help meet its staff health and wellbeing CQUIN goal, which is worth £900,000 this financial year.

HSJ Value In Healthcare Awards

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards shortlist revealed

The organisations in the running to win one of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 at have been revealed.

NHS 111

New urgent care deal covers only part of STP patch

Two clinical commissioning groups in Bedfordshire have jointly contracted with a new integrated urgent care service, appearing to call into question how a major proposal in the area’s STP will be delivered.

Bedford hospital

Midlands STP plans 'unified leadership' for three hospitals

The STP for Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes reveals plans for “unified leadership, management and operations across all three hospitals” on the patch, but states that the three will not formally merge.

Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford

Mayor calls for new approach to Bedford reconfiguration

COMMISSIONING: A “flawed” review of health services should be rejected in full rather than become part of sustainability and transformation plan for health and social care integration, according to the elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council.

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Troubled CCGs spent hundreds of thousands on interim directors

Several clinical commissioning groups which are subject to NHS England legal directions spent hundreds of thousands of pounds each on interim executives and directors last year.