FINANCE: The primary care trust has increased its surplus target for 2012-13 to £3.7m to “reflect its improved financial position”, according to latest NHS Greater Manchester board papers.
STRUCTURE: Salford clinical commissioning group has been fully authorised, in the second wave of CCG authorisation decisions.
FINANCE: NHS Salford has received 250 retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding in the first half of 2012-13, according to NHS Greater Manchester’s latest finance report.
COMMERCIAL: Sixteen NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to provide adult hearing services across Greater Manchester.
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.
FINANCE: Commissioners overspent their contract with the Salford Royal Foundation Trust by £1.6m in the first four months of 2012-13, NHS Greater Manchester board papers report.
PERFORMANCE: The foundation trust has achieved a steep fall in the number of its patients who have been waiting more than a year for treatment, commissioner board papers show.
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: 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.
WORKFORCE: Salford Royal Foundation Trust is forecasting that it will miss its target of recruiting a further 10 health visitors this year, its commissioner has reported.
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.
STRUCTURE: Podiatry, diagnostics and adult hearing services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by the primary care trust NHS Manchester in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.
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.