STRUCTURE: Dr Nick Balac has been appointed as the chair of the NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.
COMMERCIAL: Barnsley Council has used systems provided by Liquidlogic, part of McKesson, to link social care records in real time to NHS records.
WORKFORCE: Five directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Local Area Team.
STRUCTURE: The emerging single clinical commissioning group in Barnsley - which is significantly behind development in most of the country - looks set to be handed delegated budgets and responsibility.
WORKFORCE: Andy Buck has been confirmed as the director of the NHS Commissioning Board local area team covering South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
WORKFORCE: The Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Bassetlaw PCTs cluster has been in place since the summer but it has this month confirmed that the Appointments Commission has confirmed Alan Tolhurst as the new chair of all five primary care trusts.
STRUCTURE: NHS North of England has highlighted problems with the structure of 14 prospective clinical commissioning groups in the patch, including one in Wirral of which prominent GP commissioner James Kingsland is a member.
STRUCTURE: GPs in Barnsley and the South Yorkshire PCT cluster have not yet reached agreement about the structure of clinical commissioning groups in Barnsley.
WORKFORCE: Barnsley PCT chief executive Ailsa Claire, who had been working as regional director of commissioning, is now on secondment to the Department of Health.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Barnsley has committed to Mencap’s “Getting it right” charter to show their commitment to ensuring that people with a learning disability get the healthcare they have a right to.
FINANCE: All primary care trusts in the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber region except one fell short of their planned surplus at the end of 2010-11.
STRUCTURE: GPs in Barnsley have agreed “joint working arrangements” for the commissioning transition involving two aspirant GP groups.
WORKFORCE: A number of appointments have been made to the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw cluster.
COMMERCIAL: The primary care trust in South Yorkshire has responded to calls to reduce the amount paid out by the NHS on basic supplies by reviewing its spending habits.
FINANCE: Barnsley PCT has reached early agreement with its main acute provider Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust for 2011-12, despite financial pressures.
STRUCTURE: South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has taken on community services from Barnsley PCT.
STRUCTURE: Two GP groups within Barnsley cannot become pathfinders because of they are not geographically defined, their primary care trust has reported. It has established a GP commissioning transition group as a formal sub-committee of its board.
STRUCTURE: Plans for a single commissioning consortium in Barnsley had “stalled”, the PCT reported, as an existing GP group declines to merge.