PERFORMANCE: A&E performance across Sussex was below the 95 per cent target for treating patients within four hours in January.
PERFORMANCE: Sussex patients needing routine neurosurgery may have to travel to London over the next few months because of pressure on the local provider.
STRUCTURE: NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group has been conditionally authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board.
STRUCTURE: NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group has been conditionally authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board.
STRUCTURE: NHS West Sussex has announced that a new stop smoking drop-in session is launching at Southwick Community Centre on a Thursday from 4-6.30pm.
PERFORMANCE: Patients across West Sussex are being encouraged to start thinking and talking about their drinking habits to coincide with national Alcohol Awareness Week.
PERFORMANCE: NHS West Sussex recorded two breaches of the Department of Health’s rules on mixed sex accommodation during August, according to latest data.
COMMERCIAL: Commissioners in Sussex have issued a tender for the provision of adult hearing services, under the any qualified provider policy.
WORKFORCE: A GP commissioner has been appointed as deputy chair of West Sussex’s emerging health and wellbeing board.
FINANCE: NHS Sussex is set to establish an official reserve to transfer funds between clinical commissioning groups and help implement a two-year plan to get finances back on track.
WORKFORCE: The British Nursing Association has launched a major recruitment drive for nurses and healthcare assistants to fill temporary positions in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
FINANCE: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has warned that current primary care trust funding for mental health is below the level of need in many parts of Sussex.
STRUCTURE: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has announced that dementia patients are set to benefit from a new memory assessment services in West Sussex.
PERFORMANCE: NHS organisations in Sussex have announced plans to more than double radiotherapy provision by 2014, with the help of the private sector.
PERFORMANCE: A unique patient-tracking system has been introduced by Sussex Community Trust to help patients with learning disabilities in West Sussex get targeted specialist support on admission.
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WORKFORCE: NHS Surrey chair David Clayton-Smith is to combine to role with that of chair for NHS Sussex.
WORKFORCE: Vernon Hull will be standing down as the long standing chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust at the end of March.
FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the South of England region are expecting to beat their surplus targets by £5.5m, with a total combined surplus of £241m.
FINANCE: Local campaigners in West Sussex have written an open letter warning of the negative impact of social care budget cuts on vulnerable adults.