NHS Herefordshire CCG

Charles Waddicor

Former PCT chief appointed to chair STP

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.

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STPs given targets for GP recruitment

Every sustainability and transformation partnership area has been set a target for the number of GPs it needs to recruit by 2020 by NHS England, HSJ has learned.

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Mapped: Cash-strapped CCGs fail to hit spending standard

EXCLUSIVE: Commissioners facing deficits or struggling to balance their books are the most likely to be failing to meet the national mental health spending mandate.

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‘Serious concern’ over new GP contracts going to private firms

The British Medical Association has expressed “significant concern” about “local GP-led groups” missing out on new contracts around the country to provide additional GP appointments.

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CCG seeks single provider for £1m seven day GP contract

Commissioners in the West Midlands have launched a procurement process for a single provider of a seven day GP services contract worth more than £1m, HSJ has learned.

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Trust sought millions in compensation for 'horrendous' handover delays

An ambulance trust sought millions of pounds in compensation from commissioners for “horrendous” handover delays as part of 2017-18 contract negotiations, HSJ has learnt.

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Primary care fund could be reduced by £300m, say commissioners

Commissioners have raised concerns that the £900m estates and technology transformation fund for primary care may be reduced by almost £300m.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust

A&E closures not ruled out in troubled STP patch

The new health system for Hereford and Worcestershire has requested national support to help consolidate back office services across all of its NHS organisations and local councils.

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16 CCGs launch integrated NHS 111 and urgent care services

Sixteen West Midlands clinical commissioning groups are set to mobilise a new integrated NHS 111, GP out of hours and urgent care service across a population of 4.6 million after awarding a set of contracts worth up to £172m.

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Mapped: The financial health of every STP area

Some of the 44 new health systems for England could be in such deep financial trouble that they will struggle to plan their way out of deficit, according to policy experts.

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Worcestershire chief to take over in Herefordshire

Chief officer of two Worcestershire CCGs is seconded to lead Herefordshire CCG for two years

Wye Valley

Trust remains in special measures after 15 months

PERFORMANCE: An acute trust that was placed in special measures in October 2014 must remain in the regime, after inspectors rated it “inadequate”.

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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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CCG efficiency targets rise sharply as financial squeeze spreads

Clinical commissioning groups’ efficiency targets have risen by over a quarter this year in a sign that the financial strain on the health service is moving beyond the provider sector.

NHS 111

Interim provider chosen to deliver NHS 111 service

COMMERCIAL: A 111 service in the West Midlands will be provided in the interim by an urgent care and GP out of hours provider, Vocare, to replace West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Diabetes: How to tackle UK's biggest public health threat

We need an intervention for the whole of the UK

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CCG to develop community teams based around GP lists

STRUCTURE: Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is devising a new service model for community healthcare based around GP practice populations.

Wye Valley

Wye Valley put in special measures

PERFORMANCE: Wye Valley Trust has been placed in special measures after being rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.

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Herefordshire PCT abolition 'sank IT savings plan'

Auditors find Herefordshire designed system to work with PCT but CCG did not want to retain project

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Single re-procurement planned for West Midlands NHS 111

COMMERCIAL: NHS 111 services are set to be re-procured for nearly all the West Midlands under a single large exercise, clinical commissioning group papers reveal.