NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG

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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.

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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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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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.

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Exclusive: Trust chiefs to jointly lead STP after regional leadership shake-up

Two foundation trust chiefs are to be the interim leaders of a financially challenged sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ can reveal.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Former chair of two trusts guilty of lying to get jobs

The former chair of two NHS trusts has pleaded guilty to falsifying his qualifications in order to obtain the roles.

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Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust

Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.

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System-wide failure identified in damning report into child's death

Multiple NHS organisations involved in the avoidable death of a three-year-old boy failed to properly investigate and identify what happened or learn lessons for the future, according to a new report.

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Pioneering integrated care trust rated 'requires improvement'

Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust, one of the first “integrated care organisations” in the country, has been rated requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission.

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Deep South: England's only health economy running a surplus

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

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Deep South: Northern Devon enters the home care market

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

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First NHS trust makes move into home care market

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is to become the first health service organisation to enter the home care market.

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Trust chief stands down after 19 years to lead success regime

Angela Pedder is standing down as chief executive of Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust to become “lead chief executive” of the local success regime.

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Regulators unlikely to support 'block contracts' for elective care

NHS organisations that want to switch their payment system away from tariff based contracts for elective care are unlikely to be supported by regulators, HSJ has learned.

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Financially challenged Devon makes devolution bid

DEVOLUTION: A South West region that includes the clinical commissioning group with the largest deficit in the country has submitted a devolution bid.

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Vanguards reveal transformation plans and barriers to change

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are overhauling 111 systems and moving activity out of hospital, but the constraints of finance and workforce shortages are a concern, HSJ has been told.

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CCGs cut short struggling patient transport firm's contract

COMMERCIAL: A company providing non-emergency patient transport services in the South West is to have its contract cut short by two years.

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Social enterprise hires former private hospital chief

WORKFORCE: A non-profit provider of NHS audiology services in the South West has appointed Ian Reynolds, the former boss of Priory Hospitals, as its chief executive.