Blackpool PCT

Retrospective continuing care claims could cost NHS Blackpool £1.5m

FINANCE: NHS Blackpool is facing a potential liability for retrospective continuing care claims of £1.5m, according to latest primary care trust cluster board papers.

Blackpool CCG authorised in first wave

STRUCTURE: Blackpool clinical commissioning group was among the first wave of new organisations to be authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board.

Lancashire landscape

Vascular controversy spreads to Lancashire

Discontent over the Cheshire and Merseyside vascular reconfiguration has spread across the North West

Lancashire landscape

Analysed: North West’s vascular controversy spreads to Lancashire and Cumbria

Discontent over the Cheshire and Merseyside vascular reconfiguration has spread across the North West

Commissioning support service on track

STRUCTURE: The Cumbria and Lancashire Commissioning Support Service has passed through another development milestone, shows a report to the NHS Lancashire PCT cluster.

Lancashire's health and wellbeing board launches draft plan

PERFORMANCE: Improving services for new mothers and young children will be among the top priorities for Lancashire’s new health and wellbeing board, draft plans show.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals removed from significant breach

FINANCE: Foundation trust regulator Monitor today confirmed that Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust was no longer in significant breach of its terms of authorisation.

Recruitment drive at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals to address nursing shortages

WORKFORCE: The trust’s unscheduled medical care division has acknowledged it will need to recruit up to eight nurses and healthcare assistants a month to prevent a repeat of the staff shortages it experienced in 2011.

Community hospitals consultation will be more than 12 months overdue

STRUCTURE: A long-awaited public consultation on the future of community hospitals on the Fylde Coast has been put back again, until “at least the summer” - a year after it was due to take place.

NHS Blackpool prepares for consultation on major reconfiguration

STRUCTURE: Commissioners across Blackpool and Lancashire will next month begin public consultation on a major reconfiguration of community inpatient services across the Fylde coast.

North West PTS contracts to be opened up

COMMERCIAL: Contracts for patient transport services in the North West are to be procured on a primary care trust cluster-basis after warnings the existing regional arrangement may break competition rules.

NHS Blackpool chief executive seconded to acute provider

WORKFORCE: The primary care trust’s chief executive, Wendy Swift, has been seconded to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust as their managing director of community services.

NHS Blackpool spending £2.6m lower than planned at October end

FINANCE: At the end of October the commissioner was showing a surplus of £3.4m for the year to date, £2.6m above its planned underspend to that point, according to NHS Lancashire PCT cluster’s latest finance report.

Commissioners forecast around £2.7m overspend on Lancs Teaching Hospitals

FINANCE: Four of the five Lancashire primary care trusts were forecasting year end overspends in excess of £400,000 with the foundation at the end of September, their cluster’s latest finance report shows.

Adult hearing and musculoskeletal services to be opened to competition in Lancashire

STRUCTURE: Diagnostics, adult hearing and musculoskeletal services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by North Lancashire Teaching PCT in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.

Lancashire PCT cluster ‘banked’ £38m QIPP savings by end of July

FINANCE: The primary care trust cluster is currently forecasting it will achieve £64.3m of its £66.7m quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings target in 2011-12, its latest board papers show.

Lancashire providers to hold QIPP summit

FINANCE: Lancashire providers are to hold a summit of all clinical leaders, finance directors and chief executives in a bid to “reframe” savings plans on “improving outcomes” and addressing financial challenges collectively.

Lancashire Care FT revises reconfiguration blueprint, cutting planned beds by 298

STRUCTURE: The foundation trust has revised its strategic plan for a major reconfiguration of inpatient mental health services across Lancashire, reducing the overall number of beds that will be provided from 560 to 262.

NHS Blackpool banks £2.4m QIPP savings in four months

FINANCE: The primary care trust had achieved £2.4m of its planned £8.1m quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings by the end of July, board papers state.

NHS Blackpool nearly £1m under-spent by July 31

FINANCE: At the end of July the primary care trust was showing a year-to-date under-spend of £929,000, its latest finance report shows.