North Somerset PCT

Weston General Hospital

Smallest trust in country rated 'inadequate' for safety

PERFORMANCE: A South West trust has been rated ‘inadequate’ for safety by the Care Quality Commission.

Avon cancer network winding up

STRUCTURE: The Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Service Network has stopped providing monthly performance reports to primary care trusts but is unable to release funding back to the PCT to carry on the work.

High sickness rates at North Somerset Community Partnership

WORKFORCE: High sickness levels at North Somerset Community Partnership are causing concern for commissioners who fear it could be due to understaffing.

Bristol CCGs plan new urology service

COMMERCIAL: The contract for community urology services in Bristol is to be extended on a three month rolling basis while commissioniners finalise plans for a cluster wide service.

Long waits for tests at University Hospitals Bristol

PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have issued University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust with a contract query in relation to continued failure of waiting time standards for diagnostic tests.

Commisioners raise issue over South Bristol Urgent Care Centre

PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have formally raised issues with below planned activity in some services run by Bristol Community Health via a “quality letter”.

Bristol cluster amber on three QIPP plans

FINANCE: The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has been rated amber on three of its five QIPP initiatives for the second quarter of 201-13.

North Somerset failing incomplete pathways target

PERFORMANCE: NHS North Somerset is failing the target for 92 per cent of patients to have been treated within 18 weeks.

Bristol cluster finance director leaves post

WORKFORCE: The finance director of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has left.

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Analysed: A&E performance in Bristol

This HSJ Local Briefing looks at how to reverse a decline in performance at Bristol’s A&E departments.

Plans for new North Somerset Hospital unaffordable

FINANCE: Plans for a new £13m community hospital have been shelved due to the “changing financial circumstances” of the NHS, it has been announced.

Bristol cluster awards OoH contract

COMMERCIAL: The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has awarded the contract for GP out of hours service to Brisdoc.

South west CSS managing director appointed

WORKFORCE: NHS Somerset’s former director of commissioning Jan Hull has been appointed managing director of the Best West Commissioning Support Service.

Bristol cluster gets £1m research funding boost

RESEARCH: The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has been awarded almost £1m to support clinical research.

Clifton bridge Bristol

Bristol acutes consider merger

STRUCTURE: University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust and North Bristol Trust have set up a project board to consider whether the two organisations should merge to create an organisation with a turnover close to £1bn.

CCG eyes joint commissioning with local council

STRUCTURE: GPs in part of the South West are exploring opportunities for integrated commissioning with their local council.

Performance improving at Avon and Wiltshire

FINANCE: The amount being paid by Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust in contract penalties has continued to fall at the start of this year.

Bristol and Somerset to work together on commissioning support

STRUCTURE: The NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster is working with NHS Somerset on developing a commissioning support service.

GWAS performance falls

PERFORMANCE: There were no areas of “good or improved performance” to note at Great Western Ambulance Service during December, a report to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Board said.

North Somerset failing on C difficile

PERFORMANCE: NHS North Somerset failed targets for C difficile and MRSA during November.