Basildon hospital was forced to call its first internal critical incident in “years” and cancel ”significant amounts” of elective work last week due to a lack of available beds.
WORKFORCE: Practice nursing is facing a future workforce crisis in the East of England, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
FINANCE: NHS North Essex is investing over £250,000 to improve memory services in Mid Essex and keep waiting lists down.
WORKFORCE: Carers of patients with dementia in Essex are to get additional help from a new service.
FINANCE: PCTs in the North Essex Cluster are expecting to have made the required surpluses at the end of the financial year - despite massive overspends on commissioned services.
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WORKFORCE: Chairs have been appointed for the five primary care trust clusters that now commission NHS healthcare in the East of England region.
PERFORMANCE: NHS East of England has written to the chief of the North Essex primary care trust cluster after failures against performance targets.
FINANCE: The North Essex primary care trust cluster has been set a £6m running cost reduction target for this year, according to board papers.
FINANCE: NHS Mid Essex has had to use nearly £2m of contingency to achieve a break even financial position in September, according to board papers.
FINANCE: Contracts between the commissioners of the North Essex primary care trust cluster and Mid Essex Hospital Hospital Services Trust are predicted to overspend by £10.3m.
FINANCE: Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust is forecast to overspend by £1.6m on its contracts with the primary care trusts in North Essex.
PERFORMANCE: The East of England strategic health authority has raised concerns over a “deficient commissioning relationship” between NHS Mid Essex and Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust.
FINANCE: More than £13m of saving schemes for this year are yet to be identified by the North Essex primary care trust cluster.
FINANCE: East of England Strategic Health Authority is planning a £340m masterplan promoting “joined up” care in the region, in line with the government’s commitment to boost the integration of services.
FINANCE: Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust has “weak governance” and “major financial issues” which threaten its bid for foundation trust status, according to board papers.
STRUCTURE: The North Essex primary care trust cluster has set out how it will be governed.
STRUCTURE: The chief executive of the north Essex primary care trust cluster has been named as a member of the NHS Future Forum, which will oversee the “listening exercise” on the NHS reforms.
STRUCTURE: NHS Mid Essex’s board has approved the primary care trust’s provider arm application to form as a social enterprise.
FINANCE: Mid Essex PCT’s contract with Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust is overspending by £8.6m to date and is forecast to overspend by £9.7m at outturn, according to the primary care trust.