The proportion of clinical commissioning groups whose mental health spending will fall in cash terms is predicted to double this year to one in 10, HSJ can reveal.
The six clinical commissioning groups covering Staffordshire have appointed a single accountable officer.
Commissioners in Staffordshire have received endorsement from members for their plans to appoint a single accountable officer, despite GPs previously submitting a vote of no confidence in the CCGs.
A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.
An accident and emergency department will close in Staffordshire along with 100 community hospital beds, according to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation plan.
The leader of Staffordshire’s sustainability and transformation plan has resigned ahead of the five year strategy being published.
Four of the five most overspent clinical commissioning groups so far in 2016-17 are in the West Midlands, but most still expect to recover their positions by March.
Clinical commissioning groups in south Staffordshire are considering a clampdown on community pharmacies ordering prescriptions on behalf of their patients, following a spike in spending on prescription items.
The Royal Wolverhampton Trust will take over the running of three GP practices from April as part of a pilot scheme to integrate primary and secondary care in the West Midlands city.
COMMERCIAL: The country’s largest GP federation has changed its constitution to become a community interest company.
STRUCTURE: The chief officer of a trio of clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire has said that by the middle of the year they could merge virtually all of their functions.
The largest outcomes based contracting tender exercise in the country has been paused in response to the collapse of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s £800m contract for older people’s care.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
HSJ has collated the most comprehensive picture so far of England’s GP networks, federations and super practices.
FINANCE: South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group is to reduce the opening hours of two minor injury units to “free up” approximately £300,000 a year, it has announced.
FINANCE: South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust had a surplus of £8.26m on income and expenditure as of 31 December.
A leaked report has delivered a damning verdict on the NHS leadership in Staffordshire, describing the health economy as beset with an ‘oppressive culture’ and in ‘perpetual crisis mode’.
STRUCTURE: Telford and Wrekin CCG is expected to decide next month whether to close a mental health unit in Telford that hosts inpatient facilities and crisis resolution teams.
Surgical services and procedures requiring overnight inpatient stays have been transferred from the former Stafford Hospital to Royal Stoke University Hospital and Royal Wolverhampton Trust.