Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover
Six directors have left or not reapplied for their jobs at a troubled clinical commissioning group collaboration, HSJ can reveal.
Containing and reducing emergency hospital admissions is often seen as the holy grail of sustainable and better integrated healthcare. For most it has been elusive, but HSJ has identified and spoken to several areas which appear to have seen sustained reductions in recent years.
HSJ’s analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that east London is underperforming against the rest of the capital.
STRUCTURE: Three trusts in north west London have decided to consolidate their pathology services in a bid to save money.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge launched a range of initiatives as part of making new care models a reality
FINANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in north west London have decided to retain their IVF restriction policy, so treatment will only be funded for couples who do not already have children, or children from a previous relationship.
Six clinical commissioning groups will see real terms cuts to their core budgets next year, according to financial allocations published by NHS England.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
Proposals to redesign London’s £93bn public services through wide ranging devolution from central government have been agreed by borough leaders and the city’s mayor.
The first clinical commissioning groups to be given control of their the primary care budgets have said they will use their new powers to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View’s new models of care and scale up GP services, HSJ has learnt.
PERFORMANCE: Imperial Healthcare has set back its plans to become a foundation trust for at least a year after the Care Quality Commission rated it as ‘requires improvement’ during a December inspection.
Ambulance services in two areas will be given two minutes longer to assess patient need before sending out a response vehicle, under a pilot scheme announced by the health secretary today.
WORKFORCE: A new chief executive has been appointed at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust.
Eight London clinical commissioning groups are set to stop using their commissioning support unit and bring its functions in-house, HSJ understands.
At least 10 primary care trusts would face finishing 2012-13 in the red without loans or bailouts from their neighbouring commissioners, HSJ research has found.
The first community based service for treating a common orthopaedic problem has been found to improve patient experience and reduce costs, and been awarded funding to spread nationally.
PERFORMANCE: A report from the individual funding requests board show the number of IVF approvals is now half the number of rejections.
WORKFORCE: NHS North West London’s finance director David Slegg has been appointed the National Commissioning Board’s finance director for London.