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.
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.
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.
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.
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
FINANCE: Commissioners in Blackpool are investigating a sharp increase in activity and costs with a private provider, despite GP referrals only rising slightly.
COMMERICAL: An NHS trust has challenged commissioners in Lancashire over the awarding of community equipment contract to a private provider.
Matthew Cripps and John Newton explain how the NHS Right Care model is designed to help drive service improvement and avoid unwarranted variation
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
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.
Four acute trusts in Lancashire will continue discussions about sharing services, despite failing to secure ‘vanguard’ status.
NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.
COMMERCIAL: East Lancashire Hospitals Trust has been awarded a two-year contract to provide telestroke services in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Monitor has concluded its first and only investigation into an allegation of anticompetitive behaviour by a clinical commissioning group
Providers are increasingly willing to use the procurement, patient choice and competition regulations to challenge decisions, experts have stated, after HSJ analysis identified six of the first legal challenges to emerge.
FINANCE: Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group has entered into an “assured” contract with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals for 2013-14, meaning the foundation trust will not be paid according to national payment by results rules, the group has reported.
STRUCTURE: NHS organisations on the Fylde coast have agreed plans for a reorganisation of older people’s rehabilitation services that will involve the closure of two community hospitals.
FINANCE: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust had a deficit of £22.5m at the end of January – just ahead of the plan of £22.7m. The trust had received £2.5m of transitional support from North Lancashire PCT.