NHS North, East, West Devon CCG

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Two STPs launch joint acute services review

Two health economies will team up to reconfigure acute services which could result in centralisation, separation of urgent and elective work, and staff sharing schemes.

Philippa Slinger

Improvement director takes up STP chief role

Devon sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed an improvement director who was overseeing three troubled Norfolk trusts as its lead chief executive

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The CCGs with the most procurement challenges revealed

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black. This week by correspondent Nick Carding.

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Largest deficit CCG breaks even for first time ahead of merger

England’s most cash-strapped clinical commissioning group is set to break-even financially for the first time in its history.

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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.

Sophia Christie

Former PCT chief leaves aspiring ICS area earlier than planned

The interim leader of a health economy hoping to secure “integrated care system” status has left her position earlier than planned, after the parties agreed they had reached a “natural point” for “early conclusion of the contract”.

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Fresh batch of CCG mergers approved

A new batch of clinical commissioning group mergers - involving six groups - have been conditionally approved by NHS England.

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Exclusive: Acute trust agrees Care UK deal for bulk of elective orthopaedics

A hospital trust will move 75 per cent of its elective orthopaedic service to a private company’s facility after agreeing an 18 month partnership.

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Virgin Care set to lose children's service contract to NHS consortium

Virgin Care is likely to lose a children’s contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds as commissioners are set to name an NHS consortium as preferred bidders.

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Deficit stricken CCG wants merger with neighbour to help NHS 'punch our weight'

Two clinical commissioning groups in a financially struggling health economy are proposing to merge by April next year to enable them to “punch our weight”.

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Troubled STP appoints high profile chair

A high profile regulator and quango chief has been appointed as the new independent chair of a troubled health economy.

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Trust's integration with social enterprise raises merger prospects

An acute hospital trust could merge with a social enterprise company that provides community, mental health and social care services, HSJ has learned.

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Trust takes consultancy to court over 'botched' hospital refurbishment

An integrated acute and community trust has taken a construction consultancy to court after an alleged botched refurbishment of a hospital.

Sophia Christie

Former PCT chief returns to NHS to lead STP and CCGs

A former primary care trust chief is set to lead a health economy on an interim basis after local managers were unable to find a candidate to take on the role permanently.

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Government interrogates prices to stymie £200m-plus drugs overspend

Government has begun intensively monitoring new information on the generic drug market to try to stymie additional costs which are running into hundreds of millions of pounds, HSJ has been told.

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Trust delays waiting time reporting again

Persistent problems with a new electronic patient record system will stop an integrated acute and community trust from reporting its elective waiting times for nearly a year.

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Virgin set to bid for £260m children's services contract

Virgin Care has indicated it will bid for an NHS contract to provide children’s community and mental health services in Devon worth at least £259m over seven years, HSJ has learned.

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STP and CCGs fail to find new leader from 'limited' pool

Healthcare leaders in the South West have postponed the recruitment for a new accountable officer after failing to attract enough suitable candidates for the role covering two clinical commissioning groups and an STP.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.

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Private provider set for £35m children's service contract

Virgin Care is set to receive a £35m contract to provide children’s services for a further year ahead of another re-procurement by commissioners.