NHS Tees Valley CCG

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Revealed: Details of ex-CEO’s bumper salary and 45-day holiday package

Further details of a former chief executive’s controversial pay and rewards package have emerged, including an unusually generous annual leave entitlement and pro-rata salary.

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Distance not always factor in ambulance response times

There is significant variation in ambulance response times to patients with serious conditions such as suspected strokes or heart attacks, which is not fully explained by how rural an area is, an HSJ analysis has revealed.

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Trust admits it will miss financial plan by £20m

A foundation trust in the North East has admitted it will miss its financial control total by more than £20m, after failing to meet efficiency plans set at the start of the year.

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Region eyes devolved health powers

A combined local authority in the north east is seeking a Greater Manchester style devolution of powers over health and social care, in a bid to “reintroduce” services to one part of the region.

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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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Revealed: Additional payments push senior payoffs above NHS limit

Several senior staff at clinical commissioning groups have left with payments above the £160,000 cap as their redundancy payoffs are being topped off with payments in lieu.

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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.

Siobhan McArdle

‘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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Revealed: Two regions dominate rankings for late cancer diagnosis

Just two regions account for nine of the 10 worst performing clinical commissioning groups for late detection of cancer, according to official data.

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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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Turning leadership on its head

To build a workforce and culture fit for the future, the NHS needs to let go of its “looking upwards” tendency and build its leadership culture ground-up from the frontline, says Halima Khan

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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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Commissioners investigate variations in dementia diagnosis

Variation in dementia diagnosis rates across England has fallen, but a senior GP has told HSJ such targets risked being too “simplistic” and the focus should shift to ensuring patients are supported post-diagnosis.

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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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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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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.