FINANCE: NHS Oldham has received 275 retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding, according to NHS Greater Manchester’s latest finance report.
COMMERCIAL: Twenty three NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to offer direct access diagnostics across Greater Manchester.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed six directors for its Greater Manchester local area team.
PERFORMANCE: “Unvalidated figures” show that Pennine Acute achieved all national standards for referral-to-treatment waiting times in July, commissioner board papers state.
FINANCE: The foundation trust nearly doubled its turnover in 2011-12 through the Transforming Community Services programme of transferring commissioners’ provider arms, its annual report shows.
STRUCTURE: Greater Manchester’s clinical commissioning groups are developing a pact to work collectively after April 2013, to ensure they are strong enough to deal with powerful hospital providers.
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FINANCE: The primary care trust booked quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings of just £6.8m in the first eight months of 2011-12, against a plan to have saved £11.5m by that point.
FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the cluster lost £2.6m through underuse of contracted independent sector providers in the first eight months of this year, compared with £4.5m for the same period in 2010-11, its latest finance report shows.
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: A rise in child TB cases has led to a renewed emphasis on the disease by Greater Manchester PCTs.
FINANCE: PCTs across Greater Manchester are making reasonable progress towards their year-end financial targets with just two areas - NHS Bolton and NHS Oldham - behind plan.
FINANCE: Greater Manchester PCTs have identified podiatry and diagnostics as priorities for introducing any qualified provider.
PERFORMANCE: Infection control teams in Greater Manchester PCTs would struggle to cope with disease outbreaks over the winter months, the area’s cluster board heard.
FINANCE: PCTs across the North West are being recommended to approve a contract for Air Liquide (Homecare) Ltd to provide home oxygen services across the region.
WORKFORCE: A “patients champion” and former chair of Bury’s local involvement network has been charged with committing £60,000 of VAT fraud, in the course of half a decade of paid consultancy work for the NHS.
FINANCE: The primary care trust was forecasting at the end of July that it would miss its 2011-12 QIPP (quality, innovation, productivity and prevention) savings plans by £5.3m.
STRUCTURE: Primary care trusts across greater Manchester have agreed to pool resources worth tens of millions of pounds a year to fund a major reconfiguration of the city’s planned and emergency hospital services.
FINANCE: The primary care trust was showing a surplus £116,000 behind plan at the end of the second month of 2011-12, strategic health authority board papers show.