PERFORMANCE: A South West trust has been rated ‘inadequate’ for safety by the Care Quality Commission.
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.
WORKFORCE: High sickness levels at North Somerset Community Partnership are causing concern for commissioners who fear it could be due to understaffing.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have formally raised issues with below planned activity in some services run by Bristol Community Health via a “quality letter”.
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.
PERFORMANCE: NHS North Somerset is failing the target for 92 per cent of patients to have been treated within 18 weeks.
WORKFORCE: The finance director of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has left.
This HSJ Local Briefing looks at how to reverse a decline in performance at Bristol’s A&E departments.
FINANCE: Plans for a new £13m community hospital have been shelved due to the “changing financial circumstances” of the NHS, it has been announced.
COMMERCIAL: The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has awarded the contract for GP out of hours service to Brisdoc.
WORKFORCE: NHS Somerset’s former director of commissioning Jan Hull has been appointed managing director of the Best West Commissioning Support Service.
RESEARCH: The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has been awarded almost £1m to support clinical research.
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.
STRUCTURE: GPs in part of the South West are exploring opportunities for integrated commissioning with their local council.
FINANCE: The amount being paid by Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust in contract penalties has continued to fall at the start of this year.
STRUCTURE: The NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster is working with NHS Somerset on developing a commissioning support service.
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.