Hartlepool 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.

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.

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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.

Tees Valley mulls 'shared public health service'

STRUCTURE: Teesside is considering creating a shared public health service for the Tees Valley.

Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG establishes five clinical workstreams

STRUCTURE: NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG is enshrining five clinical workstream groups in its constitution.

Tees PCT cluster chief executive returns

WORKFORCE: Chris Willis has returned as chief executive of the NHS Tees PCT Cluster.

North East appoints interim commissioning support lead

WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.

Three north Tees emerging CCGs merge into one

STRUCTURE: The two emerging clinical commissioning groups in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees PCTs have merged into one.

Tees PCTs mull major service change plans

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”.

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.

Tees mulls acute paediatric centre reduction

STRUCTURE: Maintaining the current model of paediatric services on Teeside may not be a “sustainable” or “safe” option in future, according to board papers.

Tees PCTs eye regional commissioning support collaboration

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.

Seven North East PCTs behind on C difficile

PERFORMANCE: Seven PCT areas in the North East have recorded more C difficile infections than their target maximum at July.

Independent sector GP provider developing consortium in North East

STRUCTURE: An independent sector provider of GP services is developing a commissioning consortium of non-neighbouring practices covering more than 40,000 registered patients.

Hartlepool and Stockton PCTs expect surplus despite acute overspend

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.

Single consortium to take commissioning roles in Hartlepool

STRUCTURE: A single commissioning consortium is emerging in the Hartlepool area.

NHS Hartlepool cluster names executive team

STRUCTURE: NHS Hartlepool has clustered with NHS Middlesbrough, NHS Redcar and Cleveland and NHS Stockton-on-Tees, and several senior appointments have been made.