NHS East Staffordshire CCG

Elderly in man in bed with health worker tending to him

Exclusive: CCG resists Virgin Care demands for more money

Virgin Care has demanded more money for a controversial prime provider contract it signed with commissioners in Staffordshire last year, HSJ has learned.

Data protection

CCG and ICO probe pharmacy firm's access to patient details

A clinical commissioning group and the Information Commissioner are looking into concerns raised by a patient that a major online pharmacy has gained access to patients’ details to send out marketing material.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Trust forced to pay £300k VAT over Virgin Care contract

A trust in Staffordshire has been forced to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in VAT charges due to a controversial “prime provider” contract commissioned by its CCG.


Exclusive: GPs back CCG shake up despite 'no confidence' vote

Commissioners in Staffordshire have received endorsement from members for their plans to appoint a single accountable officer, despite GPs previously submitting a vote of no confidence in the CCGs.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Revealed: 'Distress' as over 1,000 neurology patients left waiting

More than 1,000 patients have been left waiting for follow up appointments because of capacity problems at a struggling specialist service.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

CCG leader appointed director of troubled STP

A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.

David Pearson

Trust chair steps in to lead STP

NHS England has appointed a community trust chair as interim leader for the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, following failure to recruit a permanent head since November.

Contract 3x2

Virgin Care and CCG in dispute over changes to £270m contract

A Midlands clinical commissioning group is locked in a contract dispute with Virgin Care over a controversial “prime provider” contract awarded last year, HSJ has learned.


Trust sought millions in compensation for 'horrendous' handover delays

An ambulance trust sought millions of pounds in compensation from commissioners for “horrendous” handover delays as part of 2017-18 contract negotiations, HSJ has learnt.


Emergency department to close as part of £245m savings plan

An accident and emergency department will close in Staffordshire along with 100 community hospital beds, according to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation plan.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

Exclusive: STP chair resigns before plan is published

The leader of Staffordshire’s sustainability and transformation plan has resigned ahead of the five year strategy being published.

community nurse with patient

£270m Virgin Care contract delayed

COMMISSIONING: A £270m community services contract between Virgin Care and East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been delayed for a month.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Staffordshire trust appoints new chief executive

Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of Helen Scott-South as its new chief executive.


Chief executive quits major teaching hospital trust

WORKFORCE: The chief executive of University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust has resigned.

Waiting room

Largest GP federation becomes social enterprise

COMMERCIAL: The country’s largest GP federation has changed its constitution to become a community interest company.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Midlands FT chief executive resigns

The chief executive of Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust has resigned after steering the trust out of special measures last October.

Medical tray with syringe, pills and water

Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

Hearing test

Staffordshire CCGs ‘pause’ hearing aid rationing consultation

FINANCE: Four clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire have ‘paused’ a consultation on restricting access to NHS funded hearing aids

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Updated: Burton Hospitals leaves special measures

PERFORMANCE: Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust has been removed from regulatory special measures.

Staffordshire Moorlands view from the Roaches

Staffordshire CCG mulls delegating to regional body

STRUCTURE: East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body has been asked which of its responsibilities it would consider delegating to a county-wide commissioning congress.