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Therapist and nursing shortages forces hospital ward closure

A community ward at a Buckinghamshire hospital will close next month due to a shortage of nurses and therapists.

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NHS England confirms funding for major national programme

NHS England has confirmed a further year’s funding will be available for a major national programme amid doubts from local commissioners.

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Single chief exec appointed to neighbouring CCGs

A single accountable officer has been appointed to two clinical commissioning groups in neighbouring counties.

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Two more digital 'exemplars' to get £7.5m

NHS England has picked two more regions to receive up to £7.5m to create detail health and care patient records.

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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”.

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'Advanced' health system CCG forecasts unplanned deficit of £19m

The clinicial commissioning group for an “advanced” health system is expected to post a significant unplanned deficit in 2017-18.

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NHS England director appointed to lead integrated care system

An integrated care system early adopter has appointed an NHS England director to lead its transformation programme.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

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.


CCG pushes search for permanent chief into new year

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has hired an interim chief executive and will not seek a permanent replacement for the outgoing accountable officer until next year.


Trust chief exec appointed to lead 'advanced' STP

A trust chief with more than 20 years experience has been appointed “executive lead” of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West sustainability and transformation partnership.


Exclusive: Mergers involving 11 CCGs get green light

NHS England has approved unprecedented changes to clinical commissioning groups across the country, consolidating 11 CCGs into four, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs 'anticipate' formal merger next year

Two Buckinghamshire clinical commissioning groups are expected to merge next year after seeking permission from NHS England.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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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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CCGs plan merger as Stevens moratorium lifts

Two clinical commissioning groups are aiming to merge within weeks, marking the end of a three year moratorium and potentially the beginning of a wave of consolidation.


Private provider withdraws from regional urgent care deal

Care UK has pulled out of a contract to provide NHS 111 and out of hours services across several clinical commissioning group areas six weeks after it was awarded, putting the intended launch date of the service at risk.

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NHS England sets new rules for CCG mergers

Clinical commissioning group mergers must create footprints that help deliver sustainability and transformation plans, and which are “future proofed” for the emergence of accountable care providers, under new NHS England guidance.


STP-wide commissioning team to take powers from CCGs

A new commissioning executive is to be formed to overcome the “significant challenge” of commissioning across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint in the East of England, and will take powers from seven clinical commissioning groups.

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Southern CCGs join leadership and target merger

Two clinical commissioning groups in south of England have joined their leadership and plan to merge if they are permitted to, they have told HSJ.

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The Commissioner: More good CCGs will merge than bad ones

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable weekly insight for commissioners, by Dave West