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.
WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.
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.
STRUCTURE: Teesside is considering creating a shared public health service for the Tees Valley.
STRUCTURE: NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG is enshrining five clinical workstream groups in its constitution.
WORKFORCE: Chris Willis has returned as chief executive of the NHS Tees PCT Cluster.
WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.
STRUCTURE: The two emerging clinical commissioning groups in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees PCTs have merged into one.
FINANCE: The Tees PCT cluster - Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees - has begun discussion ahead of possible “major service change where quality and affordability make it necessary”.
STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.
STRUCTURE: Maintaining the current model of paediatric services on Teeside may not be a “sustainable” or “safe” option in future, according to board papers.
STRUCTURE: Primary care trusts in the NHS Tees cluster are expecting to create commissioning support organisations with others in the North East, or in North Yorkshire.
PERFORMANCE: Seven PCT areas in the North East have recorded more C difficile infections than their target maximum at July.
STRUCTURE: An independent sector provider of GP services is developing a commissioning consortium of non-neighbouring practices covering more than 40,000 registered patients.
FINANCE: Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees PCTs were expecting £100,000 and £400,000 total underspends respectively for 2010-11, in spite of large acute overspends.
STRUCTURE: A single commissioning consortium is emerging in the Hartlepool area.
STRUCTURE: NHS Hartlepool has clustered with NHS Middlesbrough, NHS Redcar and Cleveland and NHS Stockton-on-Tees, and several senior appointments have been made.