WORKFORCE: Practice nursing is facing a future workforce crisis in the East of England, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
PERFORMANCE: There were 19 mixed sex accommodation breaches in February at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
SERVICES: Patients in Bedford and Harlow will be able to get dialysis closer to home thanks to two planned satellite renal dialysis units.
STRUCTURE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in Bedfordshire are being offer support closer to home in a bid to reduce emergency admissions.
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.
WORKFORCE: Chairs have been appointed for the five primary care trust clusters that now commission NHS healthcare in the East of England region.
STRUCTURE: Staff and services at Bedfordshire Community Health Services transferred formally to South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust on 1 September.
PERFORMANCE: The clinical executive committee of NHS Bedfordshire has reported that uptake of the “choose and book” system in the county is “poor”.
FINANCE: Two areas of overspending for NHS Bedfordshire are related to funding of the local authority, according to board papers.
FINANCE: NHS Bedfordshire’s savings targets are reliant on £3.65m of funds from the strategic health authority for investment in services.
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.
STRUCTURE: Bedfordshire PCT has approved recommendations on how mental health inpatient services will be run by South Essex Partnership University FT (SEPT).
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.