NHS Herts Valleys CCG

Deborah fielding

STP's first full-time chief executive to retire

A sustainability and transformation partnership has announced the retirement of its first full-time lead officer after just over a year in the role.

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Trust losing third of income rules out legal challenge

A trust set to lose nearly a third of its income after missing out on a major service contract has ruled out a legal challenge.

Blackpool

CCG allocations revealed: The winners and losers

New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.

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CCGs fear patients will stockpile drugs ahead of Brexit

Multiple clinical commissioning groups have raised concerns that patients will start stockpiling medicines and costs will rise if a Brexit deal is not confirmed soon.

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Former health minister to chair STP

A former health minister has been appointed as the chair of a Home Counties sustainability and transformation partnership.

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HSJ Awards 2018: System Led Support for Carers

A focus on supporting unpaid carers is nothing new for the organisations making up Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership: a multiagency carers’ strategy actually began in Hertfordshire as far back as 1995. But partnerships are said to have broadened and deepened, with good practice being increasingly shared ...

Watford hospital

Struggling trust faces £5m hit as CCG looks to private providers

A struggling acute trust faces fines of £5m in relation to its elective performance, with most of the cash expected to pay for capacity from private and specialist providers instead.

Chief executive of the year

Top NHS chief execs in running for HSJ award

Seven top NHS leaders have been shortlisted for chief executive of the year at the HSJ Awards 2018.

Budget cuts

Exclusive: The 23 CCGs predicting a cut in mental health spending

The proportion of clinical commissioning groups whose mental health spending will fall in cash terms is predicted to double this year to one in 10, HSJ can reveal.

Patient transport

Trust given two-year contract after private provider collapse

A two year patient transport contract was awarded to an ambulance trust, after it said it would not otherwise be able to provide short term support, it has emerged.

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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.

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CCGs demand patients lose weight or face indefinite wait for surgery

People in Hertfordshire who smoke or are obese face indefinite waits for routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight, commissioners have decided as they try to save £68m this financial year.

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CCG to review £8.5m social care funding withdrawal

County council defers decision to ask health secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene

Jeremy Hunt

CCG to be reported to Hunt over £8.5m care fund withdrawal

Councillors to consider asking health secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene

Lister Hospital

Trust set to miss financial target by £20m

East and North Hertfordshire Trust has reported a steep deterioration in its finances and is now forecast to end the financial year with a £28m deficit.

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Commissioners may make 'controversial' cuts to break even

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group is heading for a £15m deficit in 2016-17 unless it makes “controversial decisions” to cut patient services.

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CCG names STP lead as new chief

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed the STP lead for south west London as its new chief executive.

Surgery

Revealed: 2016 winners of the HSJ Value Awards

Celebrating the achievements of organisations that provide oustanding value in healthcare

Jury

Patient died after 'gross failure to provide basic medical attention'

A ‘gross failure to provide basic medical attention’ to a prisoner admitted to Watford General Hospital amounted to neglect that contributed to his death, a jury inquest has ruled.