STRUCTURE: Warrington clinical commissioning group was among the first wave of new organisations to be authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board this week.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has announced the local area director for its Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral local area team.
STRUCTURE: The trust this week reported that it has received formal confirmation that it has acquired the Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Treatment Centre and will be using it to provide its main orthopaedic surgical services.
HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week’s HSJ Local Briefing looks at proposals to reconfigure vascular services in Cheshire, Warrington and the Wirral.
Primary care trust cluster NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral has approved a controversial plan for the reconfiguration of vascular services across Cheshire and Merseyside.
STRUCTURE: Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral primary care trusts’ chief executive warned in January that she was “not convinced” the PCT cluster should support the trust’s bid for foundation status.
FINANCE: At the end of August NHS Warrington was forecasting a “probable” deficit of £3m for the full financial year, its cluster’s latest finance report shows.
STRUCTURE: Psychological therapies, diagnostics and continence services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by NHS Central and Eastern Cheshire in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.
STRUCTURE: Commissioners in Merseyside have pledged £6.5m a year towards a proposed relocation to central Liverpool of the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology Foundation Trust’s main facility.
FINANCE: PCTs in the Merseyside cluster reported a positive picture to the end of September, with savings plans nearly £6m ahead of schedule.
FINANCE: The proposed closure of a Darzi centre in Warrington has gone out to public consultation after the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral PCT cluster board heard that there were concerns it was not value for money.
PERFORMANCE: The 18 week referral to treatment target is continuing to be breached in the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral PCT cluster with particular problems at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust.
FINANCE: The Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral PCT cluster is forecasting a surplus of £9m for the year with QIPP savings on target at £24m in the first five months of the year, the board heard.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Coventry is preparing for the upload this month of patient information from local GP practices to create its new summary care record system.
STRUCTURE: The primary care trust cluster’s board has heard a proposal to save £1.06m by merging two shared services organisations to create a single family services agency for Cheshire and Merseyside.
FINANCE: The primary care trust is facing a “probable” deficit of £4.5m in 2011-12, according to its cluster’s latest finance report.
PERFORMANCE: Police made 37 arrests on the foundation trust’s sites in 2010-11, up 68 per cent on the 22 recorded the previous year, board papers show.
FINANCE: The foundation trust was forecasting a £2.6m shortfall on its £12.7m cost improvement programme for 2011-12, before the use of contingency reserves, its 30 April board papers show.
FINANCE: The primary care trust will deliver its target surplus of £250,000 for 2010-11, despite having run at a deficit for 10 months of the year, according to its May finance report.
PERFORMANCE: A fifth case of MRSA was reported at the foundation in February, pushing it over its commissioner-set target of four cases or less in 2010-11.