NHS Gateshead CCG

angel of the north

Outstanding CCG leader to run struggling neighbour

The leader of an outstanding clinical commissioning group is to become the chief officer of its struggling neighbour.

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Commissioners to take over leading CSU

A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

Len Fenwick

Fenwick fears running a chain would take his 'eye off the ball'

The longest serving NHS chief executive has said he would be worried that managing a hospital chain would result in him taking his “eye off the ball”.

Len Fenwick

First teaching hospital rated outstanding

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, becoming the first teaching hospital in the country to receive the regulator’s top rating.

Duncan Selbie

Selbie to chair North East health devolution commission

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie has been appointed chair of the North East’s commission for health and social care integration.

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CCG Barometer: Leaders call for merger 'ban' to be lifted

More than half of clinical commissioning group leaders would like NHS England to lift its informal ban on CCGs merging, an HSJ survey reveals.

Social care

Exclusive: CCGs call for NHS allocations to account for social care cuts

Two of England’s biggest clinical commissioning groups have called for NHS England to account for the huge cuts to some councils’ adult social care spending in deciding NHS allocations for the coming years.

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Exclusive: Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield say no to NHS devolution

Several major city regions in the north of England have decided health and care will play no major part in their bids for devolved powers, HSJ has learned.

Len Fenwick

Outside scrutiny has become ‘unforgiving’, warns longest serving NHS chief

The NHS’s longest serving chief executive, who has just marked 50 years in the service, says regulation and unreasonable expectations are making senior leaders’ roles more difficult than at any other point in his career.

Commissioning support unit wins European award

COMMERCIAL: The North of England Commissioning Support has been recognised at the European Shared Services and Outsourcing Network Excellence Awards.

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First merged CCG comes into operation

STRUCTURE: The first new clinical commissioning group formed as a result of a merger comes into operation today.

Millenium Bridge, Rive Tyne

Trust borrows £3m to cover capital ‘slippage’

FINANCE: Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust plans is to loan £3m from the Department of Health’s independent trust finance facility to cover a shortage of funds for capital projects this year.

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Trusts sells part of hospital site to housing developers

COMMERCIAL: Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust has sold land at its Northgate Hospital site for a net £13.7m to housing developers

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Trust aspires to create dementia friendly hospital

STRUCTURE: Gateshead Health Foundation Trust is moving towards a more dementia friendly environment through new signage, lighting, handrails and contrasting colours in six work areas.

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Monitor to investigate finances at four northern FTs

FINANCE: Monitor has launched unrelated investigations into the finances at four foundation trusts in the north of England.

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Investigation into rise in unborn children requiring protection plans

PERFORMANCE: Safeguarding experts are investigating why the number of unborn children subject to a child protection plan more than doubled to 65 over one quarter during 2014.

Millenium Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne

First CCG merger approved

STRUCTURE: A proposal by three clinical commissioning groups in the north east to merge has been approved by NHS England.

Angel of the North sculpture, Gateshead

Exclusive: Three groups set to join in first CCG merger

Three clinical commissioning groups have decided to merge, in the first such move since CCGs became statutory bodies in April last year.

Newcastle FT records five never events in four months

PERFORMANCE: Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust has had five never events between April and September 2013, according to board papers from the Newcastle and Gateshead CCG Alliance.

Workforce

Analysed: The commissioning workforce post transition

The size of the commissioning workforce