STRUCTURE: Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust may be put into special administration if talks which would see it merged with another NHS organisation fail.
PERFORMANCE: Berkshire primary care trusts have requested extra funding from the South Central strategic health authority to improve ambulance handover performance.
FINANCE: Berkshire East primary care trust is forecasting a £5.9m surplus at the end of 2012-13.
PERFORMANCE: There is an extreme risk that accident and emergency performance at Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust “not sustainable”, commissioners have said.
WORKFORCE: Thirty staff in the Berkshire primary care trust cluster had notice served of redundancy at the end of December.
PERFORMANCE: A fax server failure has led to a backlog in cancer waits in Berkshire.
PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire primary care trust cluster has reported “emerging pressures” emerging in ambulance services.
PERFORMANCE: Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust missed its waiting time target in the trauma and orthopaedics and ear nose and throat specialties, primary care trust board papers show.
FINANCE: Berkshire East primary care trust was forecasting it would achieve its planned surplus for 2012-13, after committing to releasing contingency funding to cover overspends on several providers.
WORKFORCE: John Wilderspin is set to be appointed as managing director of the Central Southern commissioning support unit.
STRUCTURE: Alan Webb has been appointed as the designate accountable officer for the Berkshire East CCG Federation - a group of three CCGs.
STRUCTURE: Initial proposals for acute sector reconfiguration in Berkshire are proposing a new surgical hospital at Heatherwood, to be paid for by selling off surplus land.
HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of the key issues facing the NHS’s major health economies. This week: the long term viability of acute services in the Thames Valley area.
FINANCE: NHS Berkshire and Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Foundation Trust signed their 2012-13 local acute services contract just three days into the financial year after a thaw in relations.
PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire East health economy has been upgraded from “failing” for the first time in more than 18 months.
WORKFORCE: All primary care trust staff not moving to the NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups or local government will go to the commissioning support service, one group of PCT clusters has said.
STRUCTURE: Talks are already under way to further expand the NHS commissioning support service already stretching from Berkshire to Gloucestershire.
STRUCTURE: An NHS commissioning support service has advertised for a managing director “with commercial experience” and the “necessary commercial acumen to effectively grow the business”.
STRUCTRE: The Berkshire primary care trust cluster’s plans to transfer community service properties to Berkshire Healthcare are “inconsistent with Department of Health guidance” and the issue will take months to resolve, HSJ has learned.
STRUCTURE: A plan to develop a “health and wellbeing centre” on the site of the former Battle hospital in Reading has been scrapped.