PERFORMANCE: Healthcare acquired infections are causing concern in Merseyside where two trusts in particular are exceeding their targets.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed four directors for its Merseyside Local Area Team.
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.
PERFORMANCE: The trust had eight breaches of the national bar on mixed sex accomodation in March, according to its commissioners latest performance report.
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.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE: The trust has exceeded its annual target limit for MRSA infections, its commissioners have reported.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust had the highest rate of adults successfully quitting smoking in the North West last year, latest figures show.
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.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE: The foundation is underperforming on five commissioning for quality and innovation schemes, which make a proportion of its income dependent on quality improvements.
PERFORMANCE: The foundation missed referral to treatment waiting targets for Knowsley patients in five specialties in November, latest figures show.
PERFORMANCE: The trust missed referral to treatment waiting targets for Knowsley patients in five specialties in November, latest figures show.