The sustainability and transformation plan for Cheshire and Mersey includes the downgrade of at least one accident and emergency department, along with a major consolidation of elective care, according to a document obtained by HSJ.
Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill
A senior council officer has been appointed “interim recovery director” of a troubled clinical commissioning group in Merseyside.
The accountable officer of a troubled clinical commissioning group in the North West has resigned
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
The second tender for commissioning support services awarded via NHS England’s procurement framework has gone to Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit.
The Liverpool City Region has declared it wants to explore taking greater control of health functions, including creating a ‘local leadership role’ for ‘performance oversight’.
The chief executive and three other senior officers at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust have been ‘excluded’ from work, following whistleblowing complaints.
NHS England has told clinical commissioning groups in the north to jointly go to market to procure vital support services.
PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have told 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust to boost its performance in for improving access to psychological therapies services
MENTAL HEALTH: Some young people with mental health problems have been placed in inpatient units out of the 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust’s remit because of lack of space in its own child and adolescent mental health services.
STRUCTURE: Building work has begun on a mental health facility in Leigh as part of 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust.
NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.
PERFORMANCE: A ‘task and finish’ group has been set up to look in greater detail at North West Ambulance Service breaches of the eight minute response target for Category A calls, St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group has reported.
Two commissioning support units have not made it on to NHS England’s procurement framework, placing their viability and the futures of around 2,200 staff in doubt, HSJ has learned
FINANCE: Halton clinical commissioning group will contribute £551,000 to the development of a “hub and spoke” rehabilitation service organised across three hospitals, its 2013-15 commissioning strategy states.
STRUCTURE: St Helens CCG was authorised this month, with five conditions imposed on its authorisation.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed four directors for its Merseyside Local Area Team.
WORKFORCE: Tim Andrews has been announced as managing director of the Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit.
PERFORMANCE: St Helens and Knowsley’s bid for foundation trust status has been “escalated” for Department of Health scrutiny, after the trust’s progress along the FT pipeline was red-rated for three months in a row.