Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by commissioning correspondent, Sharon Brennan.
Health leaders in one of the first wave of “integrated care systems” have been forced to agree new ad hoc ways of working with a council, after it formally quit the partnership, it has emerged.
Providers and commissioners are coming forward to work together more strategically to deliver better outcomes for their local populations, say Dr Gordon Macmillan and Dr Chirag Bakhai
An “advanced” health economy has appointed a joint chief finance officer to work across its three commissioners.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.
NHS England and local commissioners want to look again at “fragile” clinical services run by Bedford Hospital Trust – less than a year after the provider committed to retaining its emergency and obstetrics departments.
Local authorities from a leading health economy have threatened to quit working with its STP as they say it “cannot legitimately claim to be working towards an integrated system.”
A leading health system will not become a “fully operational” integrated care system this year as hoped, instead remaining in “shadow” form.
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.
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.
An outstanding rated trust has failed in its bid to renew a five year health and wellbeing contract in Bedfordshire.
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”.
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.
Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.