STRUCTURE: West Cheshire 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.
WORKFORCE: Tim Andrews has been announced as managing director of the Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit.
WORKFORCE: The Countess of Chester has announced the appointment of a replacement for its outgoing chief executive Peter Herring.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FINANCE: The primary care trust will have to find savings of £15m in 2011/12 to break even for the year, draft plans forecast.