NHS West Lancashire CCG


CEO move paves way for trust takeover

A hospital trust in the North West looks set to be taken over by a neighbour, as its chief executive is moving to the top job at a different provider.

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ICS ‘could save £88m’ with vast expansion of community care

An external review has recommended a region should more than double its number of intermediate care staff, with a potential saving of £88m.


Trust appoints seventh CEO in four years

A small acute trust in the north west has appointed its seventh chief executive in four years.

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Eight CCGs to merge to make ‘really tricky decisions’

System leaders have drawn up plans to merge eight clinical commissioning groups into one organisation, to take some “really tricky decisions”.

Caroline donovan

New CEO pledges to end ‘blame culture’ at troubled trust

The new chief executive of Lancashire’s troubled mental health provider has pledged to tackle a culture in which clinicians feel blamed for errors.


Health system's culture problem goes from 'board to floor'

A culture which saw health and care leaders in Lancashire “take pleasure” in difficulties experienced by their peers had “a direct impact on front line service delivery” and may have contributed to service users attempting suicide, a review has concluded.


CCG allocations revealed: The winners and losers

New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.

Amanda Doyle

CCGs to share accountable officer

Two clinical commissioning groups in Lancashire have moved to a shared leadership arrangement after the retirement of one of the accountable officers.

Contract business

Trusts' legal challenge forces council to repeat contract tender

Two NHS trusts will receive £200,000 from a county council after they won a court case over a public health services contract tender, which had been awarded to Virgin Care.

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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.

Patient-Safety-Awards 3

HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Best Product or Innovation for Patient Safety (public)

Winner Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust: Body worn video on mental health wards


Trainee doctors raise safety concerns over 'double bleep carrying'

Serious safety concerns have been raised by junior doctors who have had to carry two on-call “bleeps” due to staffing shortages at a struggling acute trust.

Southport and Formby district general hospital

Trust accuses CCGs of 'completely nonsensical' approach to contract rows

A financially struggling acute trust has accused its commissioners of taking a “completely nonsensical” approach to resolving contract disputes over three years.

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Trust reveals why it sacked its chief executive

A hospital trust in the north west has disclosed brief details of the “gross misconduct” which resulted in its chief executive being sacked.

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GP quality – North: Greater Manchester and surrounds lags rest of region

Exclusive analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that the majority of the worst performing areas for primary care are within a 40 mile radius of Manchester.

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Eight CCGs could be 'taken over' under council proposals

A single entity could be established to commission all health and social care services in Lancashire, with a councillor potentially given the casting vote on its board, a new report has proposed.

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Virgin wins contracts worth £65m

Virgin Care has been awarded two five year contracts to provide community and urgent care services for a clinical commissioning group in Lancashire.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: The gritty detail of STPs that leaders fear

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

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Trust director would have been sacked for 'gross misconduct'

A senior director at an acute trust in the North West would have been dismissed for gross misconduct had she not resigned earlier this year.

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Exclusive: Leaked STP calls for £160m for hospital services shake-up

Health leaders in Lancashire and south Cumbria believe £160m is required over the next two financial years to deliver key changes to NHS services, according to a leaked draft of the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.