Western Cheshire PCT

West Cheshire CCG authorised without conditions

STRUCTURE: West Cheshire clinical commissioning group was among the first wave of new organisations to be authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board this week.

Director announced for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral LAT

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has announced the local area director for its Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral local area team.

Joint MD appointed to Cheshire and Merseyside CSUs

WORKFORCE: Tim Andrews has been announced as managing director of the Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit.

Countess of Chester appoints new chief executive

WORKFORCE: The Countess of Chester has announced the appointment of a replacement for its outgoing chief executive Peter Herring.

Sefton over the threshold for diagnostic waits

PERFORMANCE: In June NHS Sefton was one of five North West primary care trusts to miss the national target of less than 1 per cent of patients waiting more than six weeks for diagnostic tests, latest Department of Health data shows.

Western Cheshire above national limit for long diagnostic waits

PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust NHS Western Cheshire had 3,193 patients on waiting lists for diagnostic tests at the end of June, of which 64 had been waiting for more than six weeks, latest Department of Health data shows.

Analysed: reconfiguration planned for Merseyside vascular 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.

Chester

Controversial vascular services restructure gets green light

Primary care trust cluster NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral has approved a controversial plan for the reconfiguration of vascular services across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Commissioners back trust's FT bid despite previous concerns

STRUCTURE: East Cheshire Trust has secured its commissioners’ backing to make a bid for foundation trust status, just months after they expressed doubts about its survival as an independent organisation.

Psychological therapies and diagnostics to be opened to any qualified provider in Cheshire

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.

More funding pledged to help oncology centre across the Mersey

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.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital breaching 18-week target

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.

Surplus of £9m forecast by Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral cluster

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.

Cheshire and Merseyside consider merging family health support services

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.

NHS Warrington facing 'probable' £4.5m deficit for 2011-12

FINANCE: The primary care trust is facing a “probable” deficit of £4.5m in 2011-12, according to its cluster’s latest finance report.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals fights to retain vascular services

STRUCTURE: Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust has vowed to fight a recommendation to reject its bid to become a high volume centre for arterial surgery, as part of a regional reorganisation of vascular services.

Western Cheshire sets aside £8m against risk of ‘reinstating’ mental health funds

FINANCE: The primary care trust has set aside an £8m reserve in its 2011-12 accounts against the possibility that it might have to “reinstate” secure mental health funds it used years ago to plug overspends on other services.

£249m of NHS Western Cheshire budget delegated to GP consortium

STRUCTURE: The primary care trust has formally delegated £249.3m of its £413.3m budget to West Cheshire Health Consortium, a report to its May board meeting states.

Draft plan: Western Cheshire will need to find £15m savings to break even next year

FINANCE: The primary care trust will have to find savings of £15m in 2011/12 to break even for the year, draft plans forecast.