FINANCE: GPs in seven North East primary care trusts are prescribing paracetamol at twice the expected rate and could save the NHS an estimated £2.5m a year by their bringing reducing to the national average, the healthcare analysis firm CHKS has said.
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.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board local area team for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear has appointed a nursing and medical 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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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.
STRUCTURE: The single commissioning support service for the North East has been told it has only “medium to low issues” by the NHS Commissioning Board.
FINANCE: City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was exceeding its planned surplus by £3.5m as of March.
WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.
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.
PERFORMANCE: Seven PCT areas in the North East have recorded more C difficile infections than their target maximum at July.
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: An independent sector provider of GP services is developing a commissioning consortium of non-neighbouring practices covering more than 40,000 registered patients.
STRUCTURE: Primary care trusts in the North East are starting to delegate authority to commissioning consortia.
STRUCTURE: Three practice based commissioning groups in Sunderland Teaching PCT’s area are merging to form one consortium commissioning board.