Brighton and Hove City PCT

Sussex considers out of hours contract extension due to transition

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.

Conditional authorisation for Brighton and Hove CCG

STRUCTURE: NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has been conditionally authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board.

Brighton PCT meets mixed sex target

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.

New advice website for Brighton patients

STRUCTURE: A one-stop shop online advice service was launched in July by NHS commissioners and the local council in Brighton and Hove.

NHS Sussex to establish funding reserve for CCGs

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.

Nursing agency seeks recruits in south coast area

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.

Sussex FT makes plea to CCGs to boost mental health funding

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.

Plan to double radiotherapy service in 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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Analysed: the foundation trust pipeline in Sussex

HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of the key issues facing the NHS’s major health economies. This week: the challenges facing provider organisations in Sussex as they progress along the foundation trust pipeline.

PCT clusters to share chair

WORKFORCE: NHS Surrey chair David Clayton-Smith is to combine to role with that of chair for NHS Sussex.

PCT cluster chair to take over at Medway FT

WORKFORCE: Vernon Hull will be standing down as the long standing chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust at the end of March.

Teen pregnancy rate falls by quarter in Brighton

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.

Brighton and Hove revises surplus forecast upwards by £2m

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.

Brighton and Hove remains on course for £4.6m surplus

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.

Sussex PCTs predict £77m provider overspend

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.

Chair appointed for Sussex PCT cluster

WORKFORCE: Denise Harker has been appointed as the chair of the NHS Sussex board.

Consortium lead elected for Brighton and Hove

WORKFORCE: A local GP has been elected to lead Brighton and Hove Transitional Consortium.

Neuro waits remain issue for NHS Brighton and Hove  

PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s risk rating for neurology capacity remains “red” (extreme).

Hove GPs plan move into church

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.

Brighton GPs plan to cut commissioning teeth on mental health

COMMERCIAL: “Brave” GPs in Brighton have provisionally chosen mental health as the area they would like to commission first.