Berkshire East PCT

Monitor supports Heatherwood and Wexham Park takeover talks

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.

Berkshire ambulance handovers miss target

PERFORMANCE: Berkshire primary care trusts have requested extra funding from the South Central strategic health authority to improve ambulance handover performance.

Berkshire East hits surplus target despite acute overperformance

FINANCE: Berkshire East primary care trust is forecasting a £5.9m surplus at the end of 2012-13.

PCT raises fears over Royal Berkshire A&E

PERFORMANCE: There is an extreme risk that accident and emergency performance at Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust “not sustainable”, commissioners have said.

Notice given to 30 Berkshire PCT staff

WORKFORCE: Thirty staff in the Berkshire primary care trust cluster had notice served of redundancy at the end of December.

Fax hitch hits Berkshire cancer performance

PERFORMANCE: A fax server failure has led to a backlog in cancer waits in Berkshire.

Emerging pressures spotted in Berkshire ambulance service

PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire primary care trust cluster has reported “emerging pressures” emerging in ambulance services.

Heatherwood and Wexham Park misses waiting time target in two specialties

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.

Berkshire East releases reserves to hit surplus target

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.

Central Southern CSU set to appoint MD

WORKFORCE: John Wilderspin is set to be appointed as managing director of the Central Southern commissioning support unit.

Alan Webb made accountable officer designate of three Berkshire East CCGs

STRUCTURE: Alan Webb has been appointed as the designate accountable officer for the Berkshire East CCG Federation - a group of three CCGs.

Berkshire bosses set out reconfiguration plans

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.

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Analysed: the viability of acute services in the Thames Valley area

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.

Heatherwood trust and PCT cluster agree extra cash for 2012-13

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.

Berkshire East health economy no longer 'failing'

PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire East health economy has been upgraded from “failing” for the first time in more than 18 months.

'All staff' in Berkshire cluster to transfer to new bodies

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.

Wiltshire cluster services to merge with Berkshire/Gloucestershire CSS

STRUCTURE: Talks are already under way to further expand the NHS commissioning support service already stretching from Berkshire to Gloucestershire.

Three clusters advertise for commissioning support MD

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”.

Berkshire cluster fails to agree asset transfer plan with trust

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.

Berkshire cluster scraps health centre plan amid financial constraints

STRUCTURE: A plan to develop a “health and wellbeing centre” on the site of the former Battle hospital in Reading has been scrapped.