County Durham PCT

North East GPs 'prescribe paracetamol at more than twice expected rate'

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.

Single authorisation condition for Durham Dales CCG

STRUCTURE: Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG has been authorised with one condition in the second wave of the CCG authorisation process.

CQC criticises County Durham dental surgeries

PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has issues a warning over standards at two dental surgeries in County Durham.

Seaham primary care centre opens

STRUCTURE: A £10m new primary care centre has been formally opened in Seaham, County Durham.

North of England provider development lead joins Trust Development Authority

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.

Large commissioning board LAT gets interim director

STRUCTURE: An interim director has been appointed to the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear local area team, pending a permanent appointment.

North Durham CCG names council manager as chief operating officer

WORKFORCE: Nicola Bailey, currently acting chief executive of Hartlepool Borough Council, has been appointed as chief operating officer of North Durham CCG.

Four directors appointed to Durham, Darlington & Tees LAT

WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.

New specialist rehabilitation hospital announced for in Tees

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.

Lay chair for Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG

STRUCTURE: NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG has appointed a lay chair.

North East NHS Direct staff get pay protection

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.

Image of the North East

Analysed: The reorganisation of commissioning in the North East

The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.

North East NHS 111 go live delayed

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.

Durham CCG publishes five year 'Clear and Credible Plan'

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.

County Durham & Darlington overshoots 2011-12 QIPP

FINANCE: NHS County Durham & Darlington achieved 109 per cent of its planned QIPP savings target for 2011-12.

North East CSS passes checkpoint 2

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.

Five County Durham CCGs become two

STRUCTURE: There are now two emerging clinical commissioning groups within County Durham PCT, down from five previous groups.

North East PCTs pursue single commissioning support organisation

STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.

Hyperacute stroke services to be centralised at North Durham

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.

PCTs begin 'formal performance managment' of Sunderland FT

FINANCE: Commissioners have “instigated a formal performance management process” because of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s elective and emergency overperformance.