NHS Somerset CCG

Handshake merger

Integrated trusts aim for first-of-its-kind merger

Two trusts are planning a merger which would create England’s first provider of primary, acute, community and mental health care services.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative

RESTORE2 is a project to support staff in care and nursing homes to proactively recognise and manage physical deterioration in order to improve resident experience and outcomes, reduce 999 calls and prevent admissions to hospital.

Inquest

Coroner orders closer working between five trusts after prisoner’s death

Five NHS trusts in the South West have been ordered to make immediate improvements after the death of a 20-year-old prisoner who needed healthcare.

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Distance not always factor in ambulance response times

There is significant variation in ambulance response times to patients with serious conditions such as suspected strokes or heart attacks, which is not fully explained by how rural an area is, an HSJ analysis has revealed.

Somerset

STP proposes to centralise city’s mental health beds 23 miles away

Local NHS leaders want to move a city’s inpatient mental health ward 23 miles south and replace it with a crisis cafe, under plans to shake up services across the county.

Weston General Hospital

Neighbouring trusts to share chief executive and chair

England’s smallest acute trust will share a chief executive and chair with its larger neighbour with which it is merging.

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CQC appoints new chief inspector

The Care Quality Commission has appointed a new chief inspector for primary and integrated care.

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Redesigning paediatric care to better manage a burgeoning haystack of patients

Ingrid Torjesen reports on the award winning redesign of a children’s care service pathway

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Working with the voluntary sector - the view from an STP

Somerset STP has been collaborating with the voluntary sector on a programme and Michael Bainbridge shares his experience of working with the third sector and the challenges faced

Stephen Ladyman

Former health minister to chair STP

A former Department of Health and Social Care minister has been appointed as chair of a sustainability and transformation partnership.

Sunderland

Fears over 'loss of momentum' for new care models as funding shifts

There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.

Great Yarmouth

NHS England accepts deficit forecasts for 14 CCGs

NHS England has accepted revised financial forecasts from 14 clinical commissioning groups, its mid-year report shows.

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CCG leaders admit struggle to balance day job with STP roles

Senior members of an inadequate clinical commissioning group have said directors’ ability to carry out their jobs is hampered because of extra work related to their sustainability and transformation partnership.

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CCGs overspend by £60m but only one revises forecast

Local commissioners overspent against their financial plans by nearly £60m in the four months to August, but NHS England still expects them to deliver a near breakeven position by the end of 2017-18.

Nick Robinson

Inadequate CCG appoints new chief officer

A clinical commissioning group rated inadequate has appointed an interim chief officer following the departure of its experienced leader.

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CCG leaders spend too much time in meetings, damning review finds

Senior chiefs at a clinical commissioning group rated inadequate should spend less time in meetings and improve their leadership behaviour, a highly critical internal review has said.

David Slack

Leader of inadequate CCG to leave this month

The accountable officer of an inadequate CCG has decided to leave the organisation.

Somerset

Inadequate CCG moves to join with council

Plans for a single commissioning body to span health and social care in Somerset have been announced.

Sam Barrell

Trust chief quits to run major health research centre

An acute hospital trust chief executive is leaving her post to become chief operating officer of a major health research institute.

Money

CCGs with 'best performing' vanguards to receive extra funding

Clinical commissioning groups with the “best performing” new care models for primary care will receive extra funding to extend GP opening hours, HSJ has learned.