NHS North Somerset CCG

Weston General Hospital

Smallest acute trust to merge

The smallest acute trust in England is due to merge with its neighbour, after years struggling with unsustainable services.

Microscope

CCGs backtrack on £10.5m contract after legal challenge

Three clinical commissioning groups pulled out of a £10.5m fertility contract just weeks before the service was meant to start, after a legal challenge to the decision.

Great Yarmouth

NHS England accepts deficit forecasts for 14 CCGs

NHS England has accepted revised financial forecasts from 14 clinical commissioning groups, its mid-year report shows.

Birmingham

Exclusive: Mergers involving 11 CCGs get green light

NHS England has approved unprecedented changes to clinical commissioning groups across the country, consolidating 11 CCGs into four, HSJ can reveal.

Chris Bown

Former chief of several trusts to lead advanced STP

A former trust chief executive has been appointed leader of a sustainability and transformation partnership covering two counties in the South West.

Bristol

CCGs tender £125m contract for integrated urgent care

A distressed health economy is redesigning its urgent care services with commissioners releasing a £125m contract to bring urgent out of hospital services together.

Weston General Hospital

Smallest hospital trust moves closer to downgrade and merger

England’s smallest acute trust has moved a step closer to downgrading its emergency services, with the publication of proposals for “a new community focused role… at the heart of the new model of care”.

Clifton bridge Bristol

CCGs confirm plan for mega-merger

Three clinical commissioning groups that cover one of the most financially strained health economies in the country have proposed a full merger as part of a wider reconfiguration of services.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: Outstanding trust but STP is bottom of the class

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable weekly insight for commissioners, by Dave West.

Sir Ron Kerr

Former trust chief to chair STP 'undergoing refresh'

Sir Ron Kerr has been appointed as independent chair of troubled South West sustainability and transformation partnership.

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.

Bristol

Troubled STP battling with £90m deficit

A sustainability and transformation partnership with severe financial problems is seeking £82m savings, as current plans amount to a £90m commissioner deficit for 2017-18.

Breast cancer radiology

Revealed: Significant variation in A&E cancer diagnoses across England

Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others, HSJ analysis reveals.

Bristol

'Special measures' CCG group hires STP lead as joint chief officer

Three clinical commissioning groups – two of which are in financial special measures – have recruited a joint chief officer for the first time.

Mobile phone

Exclusive: Vanguard hospital to trial private GP app provider

An NHS hospital trust has signed a deal with a private digital GP provider for its staff to get free access to the company’s app under an agreement that could pave the way for the service to be offered to NHS patients, HSJ has learned.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: What's good for the goose...

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Bristol Children's Hospital

'Shared leadership' plan for South West trusts

Bristol’s two acute trusts are developing “shared leadership arrangements”, NHS Improvement has announced.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: A South West super-CCG?

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Clifton bridge Bristol

Exclusive: Struggling CCGs weigh up merger

Three clinical commissioning groups in the South West are weighing up plans for a single accountable officer or a full merger, HSJ can reveal.