One of the NHS’ longest-serving chief executives is stepping down after 10 years of leading a trust.
Castle Point, Rayleigh and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group has forecast a £9.7m overspend for this financial year.
WORKFORCE: Practice nursing is facing a future workforce crisis in the East of England, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
WORKFORCE: Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed a former primary care trust director as its interim accountable officer.
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COMMERCIAL: The NHS South West Essex and South East Essex primary care trust cluster is seeking expresions of interest from providers interested in providing an NHS 111 and out of hours service.
PERFORMANCE: The NHS in the East of England has failed to cut the number of people attending outpatient hospital appointments, while other regions have succeeded, according to a board report.
WORKFORCE: Chairs have been appointed for the five primary care trust clusters that now commission NHS healthcare in the East of England region.
STRUCTURE: There is “widespread support” for a plan to reconfigure mental health services in South Essex which is billed to save £3.5m, according to a report.
FINANCE: All five clinical commissioning groups in South East Essex are failing to meet referral management savings targets, causing NHS South East Essex to fall behind in its savings plans, according to board papers.
FINANCE: NHS South East Essex has chosen not to apply a national marginal rate for over-performance to Southend University Hospital, according to board papers.
WORKFORCE: The South Essex primary care trust cluster has brought in extra nursing and administrative resource to deal with a continuing healthcare (CHC) overspend.
STRUCTURE: The chief executive of the NHS has said the formation of clinical commissioning groups in south Essex could lead to “fragmentation”.
FINANCE: Above plan activity at Southend FT “might infer” that work by the PCT is not delivering, the trust’s board papers say.
FINANCE: Primary care trust clustering in South Essex has led to a “decline in morale”, according to a board report.
PERFORMANCE: GP practices in South East Essex “forgot” to put answer phones on to deal with out of hours calls during the busy winter period, according to the primary care trust’s board papers.
FINANCE: South East Essex PCT’s contract with Southend UHFT is overspent by nearly £10m, according to the primary care trust’s board papers
STRUCTURE: South West Essex and South East Essex could share financial risk around specialised commissioning, as part of primary care trust clustering arrangements.
COMMERCIAL: Some emerging GP commissioners in South East Essex have raised concerns about the use of the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) scheme to build two new primary care centres.