FINANCE: GPs in seven North East primary care trusts are prescribing paracetamol at twice the expected rate and could save the NHS an estimated £2.5m a year by their bringing reducing to the national average, the healthcare analysis firm CHKS has said.
STRUCTURE: Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG has been authorised with one condition in the second wave of the CCG authorisation process.
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has issues a warning over standards at two dental surgeries in County Durham.
STRUCTURE: A £10m new primary care centre has been formally opened in Seaham, County Durham.
WORKFORCE: Nicky O’Connor, programme director in the North of England SHA Cluster provider development team, has been appointed to the role of portfolio director in the NHS Trust Development Authority.
STRUCTURE: An interim director has been appointed to the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear local area team, pending a permanent appointment.
WORKFORCE: Nicola Bailey, currently acting chief executive of Hartlepool Borough Council, has been appointed as chief operating officer of North Durham CCG.
WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.
COMMERCIAL: The Cambian Group, an independent provider of specialist mental health services to the NHS, has announced the opening of a 26 bed rehabilitation hospital for women with enduring mental illness in Durham.
STRUCTURE: NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG has appointed a lay chair.
WORKFORCE: Commissioners have agreed to fund pay protection for NHS Direct staff in the north east following a long running row over pay, terms and conditions.
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STRUCTURE: The first go live date for NHS 111 has been delayed due to a lack of local GP engagement and outstanding contractual issues with the provider, HSJ has learned.
FINANCE: Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) Clinical Commissioning Group has published what it describes as its “Clear and Credible Plan” for health services in the next five years.
FINANCE: NHS County Durham & Darlington achieved 109 per cent of its planned QIPP savings target for 2011-12.
STRUCTURE: The single commissioning support service for the North East has been told it has only “medium to low issues” by the NHS Commissioning Board.
STRUCTURE: There are now two emerging clinical commissioning groups within County Durham PCT, down from five previous groups.
STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.
ACUTE: Hyperacute stroke services for the Durham and Darlington area should be centralised at the University Hospital of North Durham, County Durham and Darlington PCTs’ joint board has decided.
FINANCE: Commissioners have “instigated a formal performance management process” because of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s elective and emergency overperformance.