NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG

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Improving mental health with digital CBT: bridging the treatment gap for insomnia

In its efforts to address insomnia and improve mental health, the NHS is grappling with long-standing challenges that leave millions every year without access to therapy. Sleepio’s digital CBT for insomnia offers an intervention that is safe, effective, and scalable – and now proven to offer multimillion pound cost reductions ...

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More than nine in 10 of CCG’s staff give it their approval

More than 95 per cent of staff at one clinical commissioning group would recommend it as a place to work – but one newly-formed organisation would be recommended by well under half its staff, according to NHS staff survey results.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year

The Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme is a psycho-educational intervention for young people (age 14-20 years) with type 1 diabetes, co-developed by young people and co-delivered by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, youth workers and peer educators.

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Named: the CCGs that falsely claimed to have met mental health funding targets

NHS England and Improvement has used its legislative powers to discover why 16 clinical commissioning groups falsely claimed to have met the mental health investment standard, HSJ can reveal.

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Hospital chief gets death threat over Ross Kemp TV show

The chief executive of an acute trust said he has received a death threat after giving permission for media access to one of his trust’s hospitals.

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All but two health systems now have an independent chair

Almost every health system now has an independent chair in place or are actively recruiting to the post, HSJ analysis shows.

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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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Trust merger ‘inevitable’ despite ongoing funding issues

A trust chief executive has said merging with its leading neighbour is ‘inevitable’ despite ongoing failures to secure funding.

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Revealed: CCGs restricting access to basic treatments

Nearly one in five clinical commissioning groups are restricting access to at least three basic elective surgeries and treatments, according to researchers.

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An integrated system requires collaboration and strong leadership

Circle Integrated Care has been delivering end-to-end MSK services to Bedfordshire CCG, supporting the delivery of high-quality outcomes, writes Amanda Phillips

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The Integrator: Can councils be true partners in ICS?

Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by commissioning correspondent, Sharon Brennan.

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ICS forced to agree new governance after council quits

Health leaders in one of the first wave of “integrated care systems” have been forced to agree new ad hoc ways of working with a council, after it formally quit the partnership, it has emerged.

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Driving forward system working: a tale of two systems

Providers and commissioners are coming forward to work together more strategically to deliver better outcomes for their local populations, say Dr Gordon Macmillan and Dr Chirag Bakhai

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Early cancer diagnosis rates drop in several areas

The proportion of cancers being diagnosed at an early stage has dropped in several areas across England, according to recently released data.

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'Advanced' health economy to share finance officer

An “advanced” health economy has appointed a joint chief finance officer to work across its three commissioners.

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CCGs appoint new chief officer

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.

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Commissioners look again at trust's 'fragile' services

NHS England and local commissioners want to look again at “fragile” clinical services run by Bedford Hospital Trust – less than a year after the provider committed to retaining its emergency and obstetrics departments.

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Exclusive: Councils threaten to quit leading STP

Local authorities from a leading health economy have threatened to quit working with its STP as they say it “cannot legitimately claim to be working towards an integrated system.”

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Trusts in separate health economies consider 'stronger collaboration'

Two hospital trusts in separate health economies are looking at the benefits of a “stronger working relationship and collaboration”.

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Leading health system will not become 'full' ICS this year

A leading health system will not become a “fully operational” integrated care system this year as hoped, instead remaining in “shadow” form.