The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.
Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.
NHS England has approved clinical commissioning mergers in a further two areas, bringing together seven more CCGs.
NHS England has announced the nine areas most likely to evolve into “accountable care systems”.
One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.
Commissioners have brought in a specialist IT firm to integrate all the patient care record systems across Berkshire, as part of one of the NHS’s largest joined up patient record projects.
The Care Quality Commission has praised the “remarkable” improvement in care at Wexham Park Hospital as the “most impressive” turnaround it has seen since the start of its new inspection regime in 2013.
The NHS should do trust takeovers on a “bigger scale” when the conditions are right, the chief executive of Frimley Health Foundation Trust has said.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
Wide variations in elective surgery rates among the most affluent and deprived areas in England raise serious questions about the use of NHS resources, a leading public health expert has warned.
WORKFORCE: NHS England is encouraging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu to care and nursing home patients as a preventative measure, despite concerns about its effectiveness.
FINANCE: The leaders of three Berkshire clinical commissioning groups have written to MPs to say that the level of variation in the funding of local commissioners “simply cannot be justified”.
The planned merger of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals and Frimley Park Hospital foundation trusts has been delayed
COMMERCIAL: Private provider Optum has won a three-year contract to carry out acute commissioning services for 18 Wessex and the Thames Valley clinical commissioning groups.
STRUCTURE: Two commissioning support units have announced they are entering into a formal merger.
PERFORMANCE: An independent report into emergency provision in Berkshire has identified a “vacuum” between GP services and care for life threatening situations.
FINANCE: A clinical commissioning group is yet to publish a finance report, choosing to focus resources elsewhere in the immediate aftermath of the transition to the new NHS structure.
STRUCTURE: There is an “extreme” risk that the failure to reconfigure acute services in East Berkshire could harm the reputation of Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group, board papers say.
FINANCE: Berkshire West primary care trust has hit its planned surplus position and is expecting to achieve its year end target of £6.5m.
PERFORMANCE: Berkshire primary care trusts have requested extra funding from the South Central strategic health authority to improve ambulance handover performance.