Bedfordshire PCT

Concerns raised about ageing practice nurse workforce

WORKFORCE: Practice nursing is facing a future workforce crisis in the East of England, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

Mixed sex breaches at Luton and Dunstable

PERFORMANCE: There were 19 mixed sex accommodation breaches in February at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Renal service becomes biggest in East of England

SERVICES: Patients in Bedford and Harlow will be able to get dialysis closer to home thanks to two planned satellite renal dialysis units.

COPD community clinics launched in Beds

STRUCTURE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in Bedfordshire are being offer support closer to home in a bid to reduce emergency admissions.

Luton and Bedfordshire cluster on monthly monitoring over acute concerns

PERFORMANCE: The Luton and Bedfordshire PCT cluster is being monitored monthly by its strategic health authority, after a “significant drop” in performance at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Cluster chairs named in East of England

WORKFORCE: Chairs have been appointed for the five primary care trust clusters that now commission NHS healthcare in the East of England region.

South Essex Partnership completes takeover of Beds community services

STRUCTURE: Staff and services at Bedfordshire Community Health Services transferred formally to South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust on 1 September.

Poor choose and book uptake in Bedfordshire

PERFORMANCE: The clinical executive committee of NHS Bedfordshire has reported that uptake of the “choose and book” system in the county is “poor”.

NHS Bedfordshire blames local authority for overspends

FINANCE: Two areas of overspending for NHS Bedfordshire are related to funding of the local authority, according to board papers.

NHS Bedfordshire asks for transformation cash to help with savings

FINANCE: NHS Bedfordshire’s savings targets are reliant on £3.65m of funds from the strategic health authority for investment in services.

Neil McKay

SHA questions Luton and Bedfordshire QIPP plans

FINANCE: NHS East of England has raised a series of concerns over plans for quality and productivity savings by a primary care trust cluster in its region.

Bedfordshire PCT approves new mental inpatient plans

STRUCTURE: Bedfordshire PCT has approved recommendations on how mental health inpatient services will be run by South Essex Partnership University FT (SEPT).

Bedfordshire PCT pays out almost £1m on MARS

WORKFORCE: Fifty-four members of staff at NHS Bedfordshire and its provider arm have taken up the offer of the mutually agreed resignation scheme (MARS) at a total cost of £980,000.