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West Country Chronicle: Another troubling waiting list

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‘Considerable disquiet’ over lack of savings from £7m consultancy contract

There has been ‘considerable disquiet’ among board members of a beleaguered NHS trust over £7m of spending on a consultancy contract, which according to auditors has so far delivered ‘no tangible savings’.

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Named: the first 25 integrated care board chairs

The chairs have been chosen for 25 of the 42 NHS integrated care boards which will plan health services from April.

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Exclusive: 111 First to go live imminently amid ‘vehement’ opposition in some EDs

Emergency care leaders are warning it will take up to six more months to determine whether pilots of a radical change to accident and emergency are working, even though it is due to go live nationally next week, HSJ  has learned.

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Cluster of never events has sparked ‘great deal of soul searching’ says trust CEO

An acute trust’s record of eight never events in the last six months has raised concerns that quality standards have slipped since it was taken out of special measures.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative

RESTORE2 is a project to support staff in care and nursing homes to proactively recognise and manage physical deterioration in order to improve resident experience and outcomes, reduce 999 calls and prevent admissions to hospital.

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First region targets 2030 for net zero carbon

A sustainability and transformation partnership has agreed an “incredibly challenging” ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 ahead of declaring a “climate emergency”.

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Distance not always factor in ambulance response times

There is significant variation in ambulance response times to patients with serious conditions such as suspected strokes or heart attacks, which is not fully explained by how rural an area is, an HSJ analysis has revealed.

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CCG chief to hold senior council role

A clinical commissioning group is merging its chief officer role with a senior local authority position in a bid to move closer to integrated health and social care services.

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‘Concern’ over Cornish patients’ long journeys for cardiology treatment

A commissioner’s elective lead has raised concerns about the distance cardiology patients face travelling for treatment.

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Two STPs launch joint acute services review

Two health economies will team up to reconfigure acute services which could result in shared services, separation of urgent and elective work, and staff sharing schemes.

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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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Leadership Q&A: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Integrated Heath and Care System

The board of Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust explain how the role of independent chair will lead the Integrated Care System Leadership Group and help shape the vision of transforming health and social care across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

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Trusts use apprenticeship levy to retain student nurses

Nursing students will have their course fees paid for government funding in exchange for committing to work for two remote NHS trusts.

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Coroner report sparks concern over lack of ADHD services

Experts have warned commissioners are being “short-sighted” in their lack of support for adults with ADHD, with many areas failing to provide a diagnosis service.

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New fines for leaving patients waiting more than a year

NHS providers and commissioners will both face fines for each patient waiting more than a year for treatment, according to new plans.

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Commissioners investigate variations in dementia diagnosis

Variation in dementia diagnosis rates across England has fallen, but a senior GP has told HSJ such targets risked being too “simplistic” and the focus should shift to ensuring patients are supported post-diagnosis.

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Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledge

One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.

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'Inadequate' CCG's controversial transport contract fails to attract bidders

Commissioners are reviewing a failed procurement after a tender for a county wide patient transport service – which was amended after an outcry from patients – did not attract any bidders.

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Mapped: STP commissioning ratings

HSJ has produced commissioning ratings for every “sustainability and transformation partnership” in England, based on the new assessments of clinical commissioning groups published by NHS England.