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Harnessing teledermatology to improve cancer care in Leeds

Underpinned by a cross sector collaboration, a teledermatology service for patients with suspicious skin lesions is already showing demonstrable benefits for the wider system, writes Claire Read

Stoke-on-Trent

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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Freeing up capacity and improving patient care: lessons from Leeds

Implementing a new digital primary to secondary care referral pathway: lessons from the Leeds teledermatology project

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Smaller, local tech projects can help meet needs quickly

Rather than rolling out huge initiatives across the country, the focus for healthcare technology should be improving what already exists at the local level, says Jonathan Patrick

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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.

Rob Webster

STP moves towards shared control total

Leaders across a sustainability and transformation partnership are drafting a new agreement that could lead to the organisations in the STP sharing a control total.

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STP region aims for huge savings across elective care

Commissioning leaders are aiming to save £50m a year by standardising policies in elective care across their sustainability and transformation partnership footprint.

Birmingham

Exclusive: Mergers involving 11 CCGs get green light

NHS England has approved unprecedented changes to clinical commissioning groups across the country, consolidating 11 CCGs into four, HSJ can reveal.

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Roundtable: Data can drive improvements in healthcare – how can we share it more effectively?

In a joint HSJ/LGC roundtable, our expert panel discussed the problems of a health service in need of more patient data but constrained by privacy issues, public mistrust and official reticence, as well as all-too-familiar financial and technological obstacles. Alison Moore sat in.

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Roundtable: The public fear of shared data – and how to tackle it

Part of the problem with improving interoperability and data sharing is winning public support for it amid a climate of suspicion surrounding the subject. Our expert panel discussed the issue, watched by Alison Moore

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Exclusive: City CCGs move closer to merger

Three clinical commissioning groups will consult with their members over a merger to create one of the country’s biggest CCGs, it has emerged today.

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Trust gets £10m boost from PFI refinancing deal

A large acute trust in Yorkshire improved its financial outturn by £10m last year after a renegotiation of its PFI contract.

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City CCGs to appoint single chief and joint board

Three clinical commissioning groups have agreed to appoint a single chief executive and set up a joint board, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs to join up for STP-wide commissioning

All the clinical commissioning groups across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint have signed up to form a commissioning committee covering the whole patch.

Rob Webster

Big STP plots 'accountable care organisations' across 2.5m patch

New “accountable care organisations” will strengthen commissioning services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, according to its published sustainability and transformation plan.

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City CCGs working towards 'shared leadership' and ACO

Health leaders in Leeds are exploring new “shared leadership and governance” arrangements, but have stopped short of proposing a full merger.

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Seven councils reject STP submissions

Local authorities in London and Yorkshire have said they cannot sign up to their areas’ sustainability and transformation plans due to concerns about hospital reconfiguration and transparency.

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IT crash trust had tech problems in pathology service since March

IT problems at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust’s blood sciences and pathology department have occurred for months after the trust installed new systems in March, HSJ has learned.

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Hospital IT crash won't be resolved until end of the week

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has said it has now successfully cleared a backlog of thousands of pathology tests after a major IT fault that is now in its second week.

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IT failure leaves teaching hospital with 10,000 tests backlog

One of the country’s largest teaching hospitals faces a backlog of 10,000 delayed pathology tests after a major IT system failure, it has emerged.