South Tyneside PCT

John Lawlor appointed NHSCB director for Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

STRUCTURE: John Lawlor has been apppointed as the NHS Commissioning Board’s local area team director for Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Delays to two South of Tyne efficiency plans

FINANCE: South of Tyne and Wear PCT cluster has fallen behind on two quality, innovation, productivity and prevention schemes, according to an NHS North of England board paper.

Large commissioning board LAT gets interim 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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Analysed: The reorganisation of commissioning in the North East

The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.

North East NHS 111 go live delayed

STRUCTURE: The first go live date for NHS 111 has been delayed due to a lack of local GP engagement and outstanding contractual issues with the provider, HSJ has learned.

New director of public health appointed for Gateshead

WORKFORCE: Carole Wood has been appointed as the new director of public health for Gateshead.

South Tyne and Gateshead PCTs name preferred accountable officers

WORKFORCE: South Tyneside and Gateshead clinical commissioning groups have named their preferred accountable officers.

North East appoints interim commissioning support lead

WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.

South Tyneside hospital spending 'not sustainable in future years'

FINANCE: South Tyneside PCT may “not be sustainable going forward into future years”, because of continuing overspending on secondary care.

North East PCTs pursue single commissioning support organisation

STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.

PCTs begin 'formal performance managment' of Sunderland FT

FINANCE: Commissioners have “instigated a formal performance management process” because of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s elective and emergency overperformance.

City Hospitals Sunderland CIP concern

FINANCE: City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust is spending more than planned this year - but also seeing greater than expected income.

South of Tyne awards contract for specialist services for young people

COMMERCIAL: NHS South of Tyne and Wear has awarded a contract for its specialist community child and adolescent mental health and learning disability service, following a consultation with children and families on how they would like to see services delivered.

South Tyne PCTs agree to reinvest readmissions proceeds

FINANCE: The South of Tyne PCTs have agreed to reinvest money not paid to hospital trusts under the 30 day readmissions rule in initiatives “aimed at actions to reducing these readmissions, improving patient outcomes and experience and reducing additional pressure on the urgent care system”.

Unions and commissioners hail South Tyneside community services change

STRUCTURE: The transfer of community services to South Tyneside Foundation Trust has been completed and welcomed by commissioners and the Royal College of Nursing.

Two South Tyneside consortia become one

STRUCTURE: South Tyneside PCT’s two previous commissioning consortia - Alliance Consortium and C7 - are forming a single consortium board.

Sunderland FT recruits nursing director from PCTs

WORKFORCE: City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Joy Akehurst as director of nursing.

Competition panel okays seven provider trusts to run GPs

STRUCTURE: The Cooperation and Competition Panel has approved seven acute and mental health providers to take over GP practices, but says Monitor should review the arrangements in the future.

South Tyne PCTs work to address over-performance

FINANCE: South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland PCTs have been working to address elective and non-elective overperformance, but are expecting to end the year in surplus.

Two consortia emerging in South Tyneside

STRUCTURE: There are two emerging commissioning consortia in the South Tyneside PCT area.