STRUCTURE: John Lawlor has been apppointed as the NHS Commissioning Board’s local area team director for Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
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.
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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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.
WORKFORCE: Carole Wood has been appointed as the new director of public health for Gateshead.
WORKFORCE: South Tyneside and Gateshead clinical commissioning groups have named their preferred accountable officers.
WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.
FINANCE: South Tyneside PCT may “not be sustainable going forward into future years”, because of continuing overspending on secondary care.
STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.
FINANCE: Commissioners have “instigated a formal performance management process” because of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s elective and emergency overperformance.
FINANCE: City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust is spending more than planned this year - but also seeing greater than expected income.
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.
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”.
STRUCTURE: The transfer of community services to South Tyneside Foundation Trust has been completed and welcomed by commissioners and the Royal College of Nursing.
STRUCTURE: South Tyneside PCT’s two previous commissioning consortia - Alliance Consortium and C7 - are forming a single consortium board.
WORKFORCE: City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Joy Akehurst as director of nursing.
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.
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.