Knowsley PCT

Infection causing concern with Merseyside commissioners

PERFORMANCE: Healthcare acquired infections are causing concern in Merseyside where two trusts in particular are exceeding their targets.

Four directors appointed for Merseyside LAT

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed four directors for its Merseyside Local Area Team.

St Helens and Knowsley FT bid 'escalated' to Department of Health

PERFORMANCE: St Helens and Knowsley’s bid for foundation trust status has been “escalated” for Department of Health scrutiny, after the trust’s progress along the FT pipeline was red-rated for three months in a row.

MSA breaches at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital

PERFORMANCE: The trust had eight breaches of the national bar on mixed sex accomodation in March, according to its commissioners latest performance report.

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.

Increased demand for neurosurgery presses Walton Centre waiting times

PERFORMANCE: Continued increasing demand for neurosurgery has hit the specialist foundation’s ability to meet referral-to-treatment waiting times targets, its commissioners have reported.

Southport and Ormskirk above target for MRSA infections

PERFORMANCE: The trust has exceeded its annual target limit for MRSA infections, its commissioners have reported.

Emergency readmissions above plan in Knowsley

PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s rate of emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge was 5.9 per cent, its latest performance report shows, against a target of less than 5 per cent.

Podiatry and adult hearing services to be opened to competition in Merseyside

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

Cheshire and Merseyside consider merging family health support services

STRUCTURE: The primary care trust cluster’s board has heard a proposal to save £1.06m by merging two shared services organisations to create a single family services agency for Cheshire and Merseyside.

NAO to investigate St Helens and Knowsley FT bid

STRUCTURE: The trust is one of two in the North West to be visited by the National Audit Office for its research on the challenges to achieving foundation trust status, according to a report to the region’s strategic health authority.

NHS Knowsley had best smoking quit rate in NW in 2010-11

PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust had the highest rate of adults successfully quitting smoking in the North West last year, latest figures show.

Liverpool Heart and Chest among top performers in advancing quality programme

PERFORMANCE: The foundation is on target to receive payments under the North West’s “advancing quality” programme, which offers incentives for quality improvement in five key areas of treatment.

NHS Knowsley on track for £1.6m surplus in 2010-11

FINANCE: The primary care trust was reporting a surplus of £1.5m at the end of January, and forecasting it would achieve its planned surplus of £1.6m for 2010-11.

St Helens and Knowsley agrees to £1.95m over-performance cap

FINANCE: The trust has agreed to cap the income it will receive for over-performance on its 2010-11 contract with NHS Knowsley at £1.95m.

Liverpool Women’s FT behind on five CQUIN commitments

PERFORMANCE: The foundation is underperforming on five commissioning for quality and innovation schemes, which make a proportion of its income dependent on quality improvements.

Low patient numbers make waiting targets a challenge for Aintree Hospitals FT

PERFORMANCE: The foundation missed referral to treatment waiting targets for Knowsley patients in five specialties in November, latest figures show.

St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals miss waiting targets in five specialties

PERFORMANCE: The trust missed referral to treatment waiting targets for Knowsley patients in five specialties in November, latest figures show.

Knowsley opts for two consortia after merger

STRUCTURE: Two commissioning consortia are developing in Knowsley, following the merger of three local practice-based commissioning groups.