Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.
Faced with high delayed transfers of care, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group identified four discharge pathways a year ago and things started turning around, explain Stuart Jeffery, James Lowell, John Britt, and Helen Martin
Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.
A hospital which was previously ranked as one of the worst in the country has been removed from special measures.
FINANCE: The trust whose chief executive is leading the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation plan has said it cannot make the savings demanded in the first year.
PERFORMANCE: Medway Foundation Trust has shown signs of “considerable improvement” since it was inspected last August and September, the chief inspector of hospitals has said.
WORKFORCE: A Kent clinical commissioning group is considering bringing in clinicians from Calais to help reduce waiting times and increase choice locally.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
Commissioners warned that a controversial South East Coast Ambulance Foundation Trust pilot that added 10 minutes to some emergency response times may have contributed to the death of at least one patient, leaked emails seen by HSJ reveal.
WORKFORCE: Medway Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer has left the role less than a year after joining.
PERFORMANCE: Ambulances will be temporarily diverted from the accident and emergency department at Medway Foundation Trust two mornings this week under a plan from NHS England.
STRUCTURE: There is an ‘urgent need’ to improve stroke services across Kent and Medway, commissioners have decided.
We need an intervention for the whole of the UK
A professional services firm set up as a subsidiary of Medway’s community healthcare social enterprise lost more than £500,000 in its first two years, accounts show.
PERFORMANCE: Struggling Medway Foundation Trust has been buddied with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust to try and help the hospital improve its performance.
WORKFORCE: Medway Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.
PERFORMANCE: Medway Foundation Trust has kept its “inadequate” rating despite slight improvements found by a Care Quality Commission inspection team during its latest visit.
PERFORMANCE: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust has been told it must improve following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission, which found that the trust’s governance was ‘inadequate’.
NHS England has settled a dispute with clinical commissioning groups in the south of England over its proposal to transfer £50m from their budgets to its own specialised commissioners.
NHS trusts could in future choose between becoming a foundation trust or an independent mutually owned company as the provider sector becomes increasingly ‘fluid and uncertain’, HSJ has been told.