Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT

Dr Gillian Fairfield

Former Pennine Acute chief 'very sorry' for speed of turnaround

QUALITY: The former chief executive of Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust has apologised for not tackling the organisation’s problems more quickly.


Manchester stroke centralisation could 'save 50 lives a year'

STRUCTURE: The majority of stroke patients in Greater Manchester will be treated at specialist hospitals, under plans to increase the centralisation of services which it is hoped could save 50 lives a year.

Pennine Acute hit waiting times targets for July, figures suggest

PERFORMANCE: “Unvalidated figures” show that Pennine Acute achieved all national standards for referral-to-treatment waiting times in July, commissioner board papers state.

Pennine Care nearly doubled in size through TCS

FINANCE: The foundation trust nearly doubled its turnover in 2011-12 through the Transforming Community Services programme of transferring commissioners’ provider arms, its annual report shows.

New community IV therapy provider for CCG

COMMERCIAL: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale’s clinical commissioning group will this week be asked to approve the award of a £1.36m contract for community IV therapy to not-for-profit provider Mastercall.

Manchester CCGs to take on acutes with united commissioning pact

STRUCTURE: Greater Manchester’s clinical commissioning groups are developing a pact to work collectively after April 2013, to ensure they are strong enough to deal with powerful hospital providers.

HSJ Local Briefing - Greater Manchester and Liverpool

Analysed: the reconfiguration plan for Greater Manchester's hospitals

HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of the key issues facing the NHS’s major health economies. This week: acute reconfiguration in Greater Manchester.

NHSHMR advised to extend treatment centre contracts

COMMERCIAL: The primary care trust’s board was asked to approve contract extensions for two independent sector-run clinical assessment and treatment services (CATS).

Greater Manchester reduces underuse of private sector contracts

FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the cluster lost £2.6m through underuse of contracted independent sector providers in the first eight months of this year, compared with £4.5m for the same period in 2010-11, its latest finance report shows.

Greater Manchester signs £1.8m home oxygen contract

COMMERCIAL: The Greater Manchester cluster of primary care trusts has signed a contract worth an estimated £1.8m for the provision of home oxygen services to all 10 PCTs in the area.

Greater Manchester cluster proposes responsibility for networks’ funding

STRUCTURE: The NHS Greater Manchester ‘cluster’ of primary care trusts has proposed that it take over responsibility funds held to support the Making it Better reconfiguration of the city’s maternity services.

250 Pennine Acute ‘backlog’ patients transferred to private sector

PERFORMANCE: 250 of the trust’s patients will be transferred to the private sector in an effort to improve waiting times at Pennine Acute, one of its commissioners has reported.

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale seeks out uses for £1.7m underspend

FINANCE: At the end of October 2011 the primary care trust had under-spent its budget to the value of £1.7m, according to its latest finance report.

Three Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale emerging CCGs become one

STRUCTURE: Three GP groups within Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT have merged to form a single CCG, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG.

Diagnostics, adult hearing, and podiatry to be opened to competition across Manchester

STRUCTURE: Podiatry, diagnostics and adult hearing services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by the primary care trust NHS Manchester in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.

Rise in child TB across Greater Manchester

PERFORMANCE: A rise in child TB cases has led to a renewed emphasis on the disease by Greater Manchester PCTs.

Just two Greater Manchester PCTs fall behind financial plans

FINANCE: PCTs across Greater Manchester are making reasonable progress towards their year-end financial targets with just two areas - NHS Bolton and NHS Oldham - behind plan.

AQP areas announced in Manchester

FINANCE: Greater Manchester PCTs have identified podiatry and diagnostics as priorities for introducing any qualified provider.

Greater Manchester lacks capacity to cope with disease outbreak

PERFORMANCE: Infection control teams in Greater Manchester PCTs would struggle to cope with disease outbreaks over the winter months, the area’s cluster board heard.

Manchester PCTs poised to award home oxygen contract

FINANCE: PCTs across the North West are being recommended to approve a contract for Air Liquide (Homecare) Ltd to provide home oxygen services across the region.