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Amanda Doyle

CCGs to share accountable officer

Two clinical commissioning groups in Lancashire have moved to a shared leadership arrangement after the retirement of one of the accountable officers.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

'Clear irregularities' in recruitment of trust chair

Regulators have been asked to provide new guidance on board appointments after concerns were raised about “clear irregularities” in the recruitment of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust’s new chair.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: Blood boils over pathology plan

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: Can we trust the vanguard numbers?

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.

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Fears over 'loss of momentum' for new care models as funding shifts

There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.

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Corrected: Vanguard areas saw fall in GP referral rate last year, analysis shows

Areas covered by new care model vanguards saw a fall in the GP referral rate during 2016 and 2017, and very slightly lower growth in emergency admission rates than the rest of England, analysis by HSJ indicates.

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Eight CCGs could be 'taken over' under council proposals

A single entity could be established to commission all health and social care services in Lancashire, with a councillor potentially given the casting vote on its board, a new report has proposed.

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Exclusive: Leaked STP calls for £160m for hospital services shake-up

Health leaders in Lancashire and south Cumbria believe £160m is required over the next two financial years to deliver key changes to NHS services, according to a leaked draft of the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

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HSJ Awards 2016 shortlist unveiled

We have today revealed the shortlist for the 2016 HSJ Awards.

Lawrence dunhill

North by North West: A&E in the spotlight

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

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CCG looks into spike in spending with private provider

FINANCE: Commissioners in Blackpool are investigating a sharp increase in activity and costs with a private provider, despite GP referrals only rising slightly.

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Trust challenges decision to hand contract to private firm

COMMERICAL: An NHS trust has challenged commissioners in Lancashire over the awarding of community equipment contract to a private provider.

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Unwarranted variation? NHS Right Care Programme helps

Matthew Cripps and John Newton explain how the NHS Right Care model is designed to help drive service improvement and avoid unwarranted variation

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Lancashire faces £800m funding gap

FINANCE: Health chiefs in Lancashire are preparing to build a case for “radical” system changes, after the funding gap for health and social care services in the county was predicted to reach £800m in five years.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Trusts continue acute care collaboration despite failed vanguard bid

Four acute trusts in Lancashire will continue discussions about sharing services, despite failing to secure ‘vanguard’ status.

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CCGs taking on full primary care co-commissioning powers revealed

NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.

Acute trust wins contract to provide out of hours help for stroke patients

COMMERCIAL: East Lancashire Hospitals Trust has been awarded a two-year contract to provide telestroke services in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Amanda Doyle

Regulator rejects private hospital's complaint against CCGs

Monitor has concluded its first and only investigation into an allegation of anticompetitive behaviour by a clinical commissioning group