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Batch of CCG mergers approved for next year

NHS England has approved a first tranche of clinical commissioning group mergers for April 2020, but has declined to say which ones.

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Departing CEO received £53k overtime payment

A chief executive who sent a shock resignation letter to staff earlier this month received overtime pay of around £53,000 last year.

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‘Life is just too short,’ resigning trust CEO tells staff

South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust’s chief executive has announced her resignation in a blistering email to trust staff, saying the personal cost of being an NHS CEO is too high and “life is just too short”.

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Five CCGs plan merger to cut running costs

Five clinical commissioning groups in the north east of England are considering mergers to cut running costs, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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The care navigators reducing pressure on GPs

Conexus Healthcare, a GP federation in the West Wakefield area, won the 2018 HSJ Award for community or primary care services redesign (North/Midlands/East) for its national consultancy and training programme. Alison Moore reports

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Workforce shortages force A&E downgrade

An accident and emergency department is to be temporarily downgraded to a 24/7 urgent treatment centre because of patient safety fears.

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HSJ Awards 2018: Community or Primary Care Services Redesign (North/Midlands/East)

In West Wakefield, calling a GP surgery involves a conversation which goes far beyond exploring when a doctor might next be available. In 2014, the area pioneered the care navigator role – giving receptionists the skills and information to advise on other health and social care services which might be ...

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NHS wins landmark legal battle against drug companies

The NHS has today won a landmark legal battle against two international pharmaceutical giants which could save the health service hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

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GP to head new cross-CCG leadership team

A GP has been appointed to lead a joint management team across five north east clinical commissioning groups.

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New CCG ratings revealed

Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.

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Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.

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Exclusive: CCGs across region refuse to commission flu antivirals

Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.

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CCG given ultimatum to join regional committee

A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.

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Exclusive: Merger talks to create largest STP in the country

Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.

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Twelve CCGs propose joint decision making across three STPs

Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.

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Commissioners to take over leading CSU

A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

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Latest STP published reveals hospital reconfiguration

Consolidating specialist hospital services on to two sites and creating a string of multispecialty community providers are key elements of the latest sustainability and transformation plan to be published.

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CSU director named as CCG chief officer

The managing director of the North of England Commissioning Support Unit has been appointed as chief executive for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, and will do both jobs.

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North East CCGs could take over CSU

STRUCTURE: Plans are being drawn up to turn the North East’s commissioning support unit into a company owned by its customer CCGs.