FINANCE: Berkshire West primary care trust has hit its planned surplus position and is expecting to achieve its year end target of £6.5m.
PERFORMANCE: Berkshire primary care trusts have requested extra funding from the South Central strategic health authority to improve ambulance handover performance.
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: The Berkshire primary care trust cluster has reported “emerging pressures” emerging in ambulance services.
WORKFORCE: John Wilderspin is set to be appointed as managing director of the Central Southern commissioning support unit.
FINANCE: Monitor has undertaken a “stage two review” of Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust’s annual plan.
PERFORMANCE: The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust has adopted a new stroke care pathway after performance plummeted this spring.
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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.
STRUCTURE: An estates strategy produced by West Middlesex University Hospital Trust said an option to “sweat assets” included “the expansion and transfer of the renal service provided on site by Imperial Healthcare Trust to the fourth floor of east wing”.
PERFORMANCE: The South Central strategic health authority area missed its target for the proportion of patients spending 90 per cent of their time on a dedicated stroke unit in quarter one of 2011-12.
PERFORMANCE: Heatherwood and Wexham Park missed its target on stroke care for each of the first three months of 2011-12.
PERFORMANCE: Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust is the worst performer in the South Central region for venous thromboembolism, with performance declining in the first quarter of 2011-12.