NHS Wokingham CCG

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.


Trust chief exec appointed to lead 'advanced' STP

A trust chief with more than 20 years experience has been appointed “executive lead” of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West sustainability and transformation partnership.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Seven more CCGs approved to merge in nationwide shake-up

NHS England has approved clinical commissioning mergers in a further two areas, bringing together seven more CCGs.

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Exclusive: Leading GP vanguard expands into third region

A large GP partnership, running a one of the country’s most advanced new care model vanguards in the West Midlands, has extended its reach to Berkshire.

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Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.


Private provider withdraws from regional urgent care deal

Care UK has pulled out of a contract to provide NHS 111 and out of hours services across several clinical commissioning group areas six weeks after it was awarded, putting the intended launch date of the service at risk.


STP-wide commissioning team to take powers from CCGs

A new commissioning executive is to be formed to overcome the “significant challenge” of commissioning across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint in the East of England, and will take powers from seven clinical commissioning groups.

Luke March

Chair appointed to 'facilitate' accountable care system

An independent chair has been appointed to Berkshire West’s accountable care system to help ensure the parties involved are held “mutually to account”.

Royal Berkshire hospital

'Accountable care system' plan revealed for Berkshire

NHS leaders have revealed plans to establish an “accountable care system” serving the population around Reading and west Berkshire.

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Ambitious patient record sharing project secures IT partner

Commissioners have brought in a specialist IT firm to integrate all the patient care record systems across Berkshire, as part of one of the NHS’s largest joined up patient record projects.

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Analysis: Size, spread and form of large scale GP groups

HSJ has collated the most comprehensive picture so far of England’s GP networks, federations and super practices.


CCGs could pick 'min' or 'max' roles under NHS England strategy

Clinical commissioning groups could decide between having a “minimal” or “maximal” role under a list of options NHS England is developing, which it says will redefine the boundary between commissioning and provision.

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Investigation: ‘Unwarranted and unfair’ disparity in elective surgery revealed

Wide variations in elective surgery rates among the most affluent and deprived areas in England raise serious questions about the use of NHS resources, a leading public health expert has warned.

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Four trusts in pathology merger talks

STRUCTURE: Four trusts in the south of England are in detailed discussions about merging their pathology services.

Berkshire trust emergency performance worsens

PERFORMANCE: Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust’s performance against the national waiting standard for accident and emergency worsened in February, with 92.1 per cent of patients being treated or discharged within four hours.

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Trust sees staff turnover rise for the third year in a row

WORKFORCE: Staff turnover at Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has risen for three years in a row. It stood at 17.1 per cent for January.

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GPs privately urged to prescribe Tamiflu despite concerns

WORKFORCE: NHS England is encouraging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu to care and nursing home patients as a preventative measure, despite concerns about its effectiveness.

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CCGs ditch merger proposal

STRUCTURE: Four clinical commissioning groups in west Berkshire have dropped proposals to merge into one organisation, HSJ has learned.

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Berkshire CCGs explore merger

STRUCTURE: Four clinical commissioning groups in west Berkshire are considering merging into a single organisation amid concerns GPs’ time is being ‘wasted’ on board meetings.