COMMERCIAL: NHS Sussex is to be asked to extend out of hours contracts across the county for an additional year – because the reprocurement has coincided with the handover to clinical commissioning groups and the launch of the 111 service.
STRUCTURE: NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has been conditionally authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Brighton and Hove City recorded five breaches of the Department of Health’s rules on mixed sex accommodation during August, according to latest data.
STRUCTURE: A one-stop shop online advice service was launched in July by NHS commissioners and the local council in Brighton and Hove.
FINANCE: NHS Sussex is set to establish an official reserve to transfer funds between clinical commissioning groups and help implement a two-year plan to get finances back on track.
WORKFORCE: The British Nursing Association has launched a major recruitment drive for nurses and healthcare assistants to fill temporary positions in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
FINANCE: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has warned that current primary care trust funding for mental health is below the level of need in many parts of Sussex.
PERFORMANCE: NHS organisations in Sussex have announced plans to more than double radiotherapy provision by 2014, with the help of the private sector.
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WORKFORCE: NHS Surrey chair David Clayton-Smith is to combine to role with that of chair for NHS Sussex.
WORKFORCE: Vernon Hull will be standing down as the long standing chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust at the end of March.
PERFORMANCE: Targeted initiatives have helped reduce the rate of under 18s becoming pregnant by more than a quarter in Brighton, according to the local council.
FINANCE: NHS Brighton and Hove has revised its end of year forecast to a surplus of £6.7m, around £2m more than its original plan.
FINANCE: The primary care trust predicted it was on course to meet its planned end-of-year surplus of £4.6m after the first three months of the financial year.
FINANCE: The Sussex primary care trust cluster says there is currently a projected overspend of £77.1m against budget on all contracts for 2011-12.
WORKFORCE: Denise Harker has been appointed as the chair of the NHS Sussex board.
WORKFORCE: A local GP has been elected to lead Brighton and Hove Transitional Consortium.
PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s risk rating for neurology capacity remains “red” (extreme).
STRUCTURE: The primary care trust has launched a consultation on plans to convert a closed Hove church into a medical centre housing two GP surgeries.