NHS Medway CCG

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CCGs to pump more money into wheelchair services

Commissioners in Kent and Medway are having to put extra money into a wheelchair contract after more than 330 people were left waiting more than a year.

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Social enterprises will benefit from pay deal, Hunt confirms

The health and social care secretary has confirmed that NHS staff working for social enterprises will have their pay uplift fully funded.

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Top CEO to step down

The chief executive who brought one of the most troubled trusts in England out of special measures is set to return to Australia.

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NHS 111 procurement halted at the last minute

Two procurements for NHS 111 in the south east have been halted – in one case, just weeks before a new operator was expected to be announced.

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Harm assessments after 160 children wait more than a year for mental health treatment

Clinical harm reviews are being carried out to see if 160 children came to harm after waiting more than a year for mental health treatment, HSJ can reveal.

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Commissioners up spending on struggling transport service

The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups are to put more money into patient transport services, despite the provider not meeting many performance targets.

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Eight CCGs to share chief officer and consider merger

All eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway are to work together as a single strategic commissioner and share an accountable officer.

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Primary care provider deregistered after 'fundamental' failings

A team of medical professionals had to review the notes of 3,200 patients registered at a Kent practice because of “significant” concerns over patient safety.

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Social enterprise takes over children's services

A social enterprise has won a contract to provide all NHS and council commissioned children’s community services in Medway.

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Former acute trust boss to lead six CCGs

A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.

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Eight CCGs contemplate merger

Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.

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We threw the kitchen sink at DTOCs and it worked

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

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The best and worst performing trusts on patient experience

Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.

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Original special measures trust exits regime

A hospital which was previously ranked as one of the worst in the country has been removed from special measures.

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STP lead’s trust will miss savings targets

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.

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FT making ‘considerable improvement’ after three years in special measures

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.

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Kent CCG looks to Calais staff to reduce waiting times

WORKFORCE: A Kent clinical commissioning group is considering bringing in clinicians from Calais to help reduce waiting times and increase choice locally.

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Controversial ambulance delay pilot may have contributed to patient death

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.

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Chief operating officer leaves Medway FT

WORKFORCE: Medway Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer has left the role less than a year after joining.