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.


ACS commissioning group re-enters special measures after seven months

A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.

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Outstanding trust loses £16m contract to charity

An outstanding rated trust has failed in its bid to renew a five year health and wellbeing contract in Bedfordshire.

Luton borders

CCG and council to merge commissioning budgets

A clinical commissioning group and local council have agreed to merge health commissioning budgets so the cash strapped organisations can spend their funds “most effectively”.

money efficiency

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.

Concrete cows Milton Keynes

Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.

NHS 111

New urgent care deal covers only part of STP patch

Two clinical commissioning groups in Bedfordshire have jointly contracted with a new integrated urgent care service, appearing to call into question how a major proposal in the area’s STP will be delivered.

Bedford hospital

Midlands STP plans 'unified leadership' for three hospitals

The STP for Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes reveals plans for “unified leadership, management and operations across all three hospitals” on the patch, but states that the three will not formally merge.


CCGs: Hospital trust should lose major services

RECONFIGURATION: Bedford Hospital Trust should be stripped of major services including obstetrics and the majority of its emergency surgical care as part of a local service reconfiguration, a review has recommended.

Doctor prescribing

CCGs mull 'ban' on third party drug ordering

Clinical commissioning groups in south Staffordshire are considering a clampdown on community pharmacies ordering prescriptions on behalf of their patients, following a spike in spending on prescription items.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

FT chief named as NHS England urgent and emergency care lead

Pauline Philip, chief executive of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust, is joining NHS England on secondment as national urgent and emergency care director.

Value in Healthcare Awards: Value and Improvement in Procurement

Value in Healthcare Awards winners for 2015


Value in Healthcare Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Book your table for the ceremony on 22 September.


London mental health trust wins contracts in Bedfordshire and Luton

COMMERCIAL: East London Foundation Trust has been chosen by two clinical commissioning groups to deliver mental health services contracts worth £60m in Bedfordshire and Luton.

King's Mill hospital

Special measures trust looking for two new ‘buddies’

PERFORMANCE: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust is in talks to enter into a formal ‘buddying’ arrangement with Royal United Hospitals Bath FT, following the end of its relationship with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals FT.

Twitter birds

It started with a tweet: how social media sparked a campaign for change

Twitter turns a ‘tiny idea’ into a national campaign

Walk in centre

Practices increasingly relying on primary care staff to fill GP shortfalls

GP surgeries in areas with some of the highest patient to doctor ratios are increasingly relying on nurses to plug gaps left by the shortage of medics

Luton CCG granted conditional authorisation

STRUCTURE Luton clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been granted conditional authorization with three conditions, the NHS Commissioning Board has announced.

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group appoints accountable officer

WORKFORCE: Luton Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed former Newham CCG chief operating officer Carol Hill as accountable officer.