WORKFORCE: Leadership troubles at a north west clinical commissioning group could be a “symptom” of wider problems with the CCG model, according to an influential GP.
PERFORMANCE: Healthcare acquired infections are causing concern in Merseyside where two trusts in particular are exceeding their targets.
FINANCE: The four PCTs in the Merseyside cluster expect to end the year with a £11.9m surplus – 0.5 per cent of their overall resources.
STRUCTURE: Wirral Community Trust has submitted its application for foundation trust status to the Department of Health, according to latest NHS North of England board papers.
PERFORMANCE: There were three ‘never events’ reported by Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust between July and September 2012, according to latest commissioner board papers.
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.
STRUCTURE: NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has formally opened the new premises of a Wirral GP partnership, at which national commissioning leader James Kingsland is a senior partner.
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.
PERFORMANCE: Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium has put in place arrangements for monitoring the trust’s response to a serious untoward incident in which a patient murdered his sister’s boyfriend.
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: 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.
STRUCTURE: GPs in the Wirral have agreed to merge their three proposed commissioning groups into one, after the strategic health authority said they were too small and would not be authorised.
PERFORMANCE: A new report by the trust lists confusion caused by a new patient administration system and commissioner refusal to pay for additional activity among the causes of its steep decline in waiting list performance.
PERFORMANCE: The foundation trust was asked to meet with Monitor on 13 December to “consider whether the trust is in significant breach of its terms of authorisation”, according to newly published board minutes.
PERFORMANCE: The trust is working with the Department of Health’s intensive support team on a revised plan to tackle its waiting times problems, NHS North of England’s latest performance report states.
STRUCTURE: NHS North of England has highlighted problems with the structure of 14 prospective clinical commissioning groups in the patch, including one in Wirral of which prominent GP commissioner James Kingsland is a member.
PERFORMANCE: The trust was among the 10 worst in the country on referral-to-treatment waiting times in September, according to the Department of Health’s latest quarterly report.
PERFORMANCE: Just 79 per cent of the foundation’s admitted patients completed in October were treated within 18 weeks, against a national target of 90 per cent, latest Department of Health figures show.