STRUCTURE: John Lawlor has been apppointed as the NHS Commissioning Board’s local area team director for Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
FINANCE: GPs in seven North East primary care trusts are prescribing paracetamol at twice the expected rate and could save the NHS an estimated £2.5m a year by their bringing reducing to the national average, the healthcare analysis firm CHKS has said.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board local area team for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear has appointed a nursing and medical director.
STRUCTURE: An interim director has been appointed to the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear local area team, pending a permanent appointment.
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COMMERCIAL: NHS North of Tyne is facing angry opposition to its decision to award the contract for running a GP practice to private provider Care UK.
WORKFORCE: Mark Adams has been appointed as the designate accountable officer for for NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG and NHS Newcastle West CCG.
FINANCE: North Tyneside PCT, Northumberland CT and Newcastle PCT are facing overspending risks in relation to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, largely attributable to use of Lucentis (ranibizumab injection).
FINANCE: The North of Tyne primary care trust cluster has announced the delegated budgets for its shadow clinical commissioning groups for 2012-13.
STRUCTURE: The single commissioning support service for the North East has been told it has only “medium to low issues” by the NHS Commissioning Board.
WORKFORCE: The four clinical commissioning groups in Newcastle and North Tyneside are proposing to share two accountable officers.
WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.
FINANCE: North of Tyne commissioners are overspending on their contract with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust by £10.5m.
PERFORMANCE: North Tyneside PCT has highlighted the success of a GP practice which has increased uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine among the eligible population by around 20 percentage points, to achieve the highest figure in the region.
STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.
FINANCE: The North of Tyne PCTs - Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - are overspending against planned activity for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, but still on target to meet their planned surplus.
COMMERCIAL: The North of Tyne PCTs have provided a new health information reporting tool to all their GP practices and emerging clinical commissioning groups.
STRUCTURE: Management consultants are working with clinical commissioning groups in North Tyneside PCT to develop “clear and credible” commissioning plans for 2012-13.
STRUCTURE: Northumberland County Council is due to approve planning permission for a new emergency care hospital, proposed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, according to a report.
FINANCE: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North Tyneside primary care organisations are already reporting overspends according to NHS North of Tyne board papers.