PERFORMANCE: North East London Foundation Trust’s South West Essex Community Services reported 12 new serious incidents between 16 November 2012 and 17 January 2013, according to commissioners.
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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.
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: South West Essex primary care trust made £11.9m of savings in the first four months of the financial year, or 92 per cent of their planned savings for the year to date, 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: East of England Strategic Health Authority is planning a £340m masterplan promoting “joined up” care in the region, in line with the government’s commitment to boost the integration of services.
PERFORMANCE: Basildon and Thurrock FT is to challenge NHS South West Essex over the governance of a controversial referral management scheme as it claimed it was having a “multifaceted impact” on performance.
PERFORMANCE: NHS South West Essex should “consider alternative providers” if care at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust does not improve, its strategic health authority has warned.
FINANCE: Primary care trust clustering in South Essex has led to a “decline in morale”, according to a board report.
FINANCE: South West Essex PCT is at risk of not meeting its savings target for “volatile” specialised services spending, it has warned.
STRUCTURE: A mental health trust is set to become the largest provider of community services in the capital following the takeover of a primary care trust provider arm.
WORKFORCE: Up to 50 staff at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust face imminent redundancy
WORKFORCE: Peter Wyman CBE has been named as the new chair of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
STRUCTURE: Concerns have been expressed over a poorly attended risk managment group at South West Essex PCT.
FINANCE: South West Essex PCT is forecasting that it will fall £11.6m short of its turnaround plan for the current financial year.
FINANCE: The South West Essex primary care trust will need £8m of contingency funds to break even this year.