Sefton PCT

Infection causing concern with Merseyside commissioners

PERFORMANCE: Healthcare acquired infections are causing concern in Merseyside where two trusts in particular are exceeding their targets.

Merseyside PCTs expect £12m surplus

FINANCE: The four PCTs in the Merseyside cluster expect to end the year with a £11.9m surplus – 0.5 per cent of their overall resources.

Merseyside GP takeover undergoing OFT and CCP scrutiny

FINANCE: The takeover of 20 practices by a family run GP firm is being examined by the Office of Fair Trading and Cooperation and Competition Panel.

Four directors appointed for Merseyside LAT

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed four directors for its Merseyside Local Area Team.

Sefton over the threshold for diagnostic waits

PERFORMANCE: In June NHS Sefton was one of five North West primary care trusts to miss the national target of less than 1 per cent of patients waiting more than six weeks for diagnostic tests, latest Department of Health data shows.

NHS Sefton misses 62-day cancer target

PERFORMANCE: Sefton PCT did not achieve a target to ensure 90 per of cancer patients were treated within 62 days after screening, says a report to the Merseyside PCT cluster.

Chester

Controversial vascular services restructure gets green light

Primary care trust cluster NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral has approved a controversial plan for the reconfiguration of vascular services across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Four MSA breaches at Aintree in March, commissioners report

PERFORMANCE: The trust had four unjustified breaches of the national bar on mixed sex accomodation in March, commissioner board papers show.

MSA breaches at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital

PERFORMANCE: The trust had eight breaches of the national bar on mixed sex accomodation in March, according to its commissioners latest performance report.

East Sussex DPH given national role

WORKFORCE: Diana Grice, director of public health for East Sussex, has been appointed vice president of the Association of the Directors of Public Health.

‘Block contract’ loses Southport and Ormskirk Hospital £1.6m

FINANCE: A ‘block contract’ with the trust’s main commissioners has lost it around £1.6m for the year to date, its latest finance report suggests.

Aintree given green light for £20m A&E redevelopment

STRUCTURE: Aintree University Hospitals Foundation Trust today reported it had received planning permission for £20m of new facilities for patients requiring urgent hospital care.

Increased demand for neurosurgery presses Walton Centre waiting times

PERFORMANCE: Continued increasing demand for neurosurgery has hit the specialist foundation’s ability to meet referral-to-treatment waiting times targets, its commissioners have reported.

Southport and Ormskirk above target for MRSA infections

PERFORMANCE: The trust has exceeded its annual target limit for MRSA infections, its commissioners have reported.

Podiatry and adult hearing services to be opened to competition in Merseyside

STRUCTURE: Podiatry, musculoskeletal and adult hearing services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by NHS Liverpool in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.

Cheshire and Merseyside consider merging family health support services

STRUCTURE: The primary care trust cluster’s board has heard a proposal to save £1.06m by merging two shared services organisations to create a single family services agency for Cheshire and Merseyside.

Reform responsibilities pose 'major' risk to NHS Sefton

PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s latest board assurance framework identifies the potential impact of the NHS reforms as one of the two most serious risks it faces.

Capita grabs toehold in HR as preferred supplier for twelve trusts

COMMERCIAL: Capita has been named “preferred supplier” of HR services for 12 north Merseyside NHS organisations. The deal gives the outsourcing firm a toehold in NHS human resources.

Capita set to take on HR for Liverpool trusts in £27m deal

COMMERCIAL: Outsourcing firm Capita Group has announced it has been appointed as preferred provider of human resources, payroll, and recruitment services for up to 12 NHS organisations in north Mersey.

CCP to assess merger of Sefton GPs with Liverpool Community Health Trust

STRUCTURE: The Cooperation and Competition Panel has accepted the referral of a proposed merger between nine GP practices currently in NHS Sefton’s provider arm and a community health trust.