Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has pledged to use her experience of working with the Indian healthcare system to help develop the Norfolk and Waveney STP.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
A fourth senior council figure has been appointed to lead one of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans.
WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust has announced she will retire later this year.
WORKFORCE: Aidan Thomas, the chief executive officer of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, is to stand down from July 1.
COMMERCIAL: Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has been awarded a £17.7m contract to run the Suffolk Wellbeing Service (SWS) aimed at helping patients manage stress, anxiety and depression.
PERFORMANCE: Only one out of six bidders to provide a 111 call handling service and improved medical out-of-hours services for Norfolk met all the criteria.
Private sector outsourcing giant Serco has been selected as preferred bidder to take over nearly all NHS community services in Suffolk in a deal worth £140m to the company over three years.
WORKFORCE: Staff at two small units run by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust are to wear a uniform of blue polo shirts for a trail period.
WORKFORCE: Maggie Wheeler has been reappointed chair of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust after accepting an extension to continue her role.
The South Essex primary care trust cluster is planning to make £300m of savings in the next four years, so it probably does not want to be playing musical chairs with its board.
PERFORMANCE: Suffolk Mental Health Partnership is addressing the concerns of a highly critical report published in May, the trust has claimed.
COMMERCIAL: A new inpatient mental health facility is due to open at Suffolk Mental Health Trust next week.
Trusts involved in mergers should not “second guess” Monitor’s decisions or they risk having to “unwind” arrangements at taxpayers’ expense, the regulator’s boss has warned.
STRUCTURE: Monitor will allow a mental health trust in the East of England to be taken over despite a Cooperation and Competition Panel ruling against the acquisition.
COMMERCIAL: Nine organisations have been shortlisted for the £43m contract to run Suffolk’s community services, it has been announced.
A performance report from NHS East of England this month showed a mixed picture. While referrals are down in the region, activity for both elective and non-elective procedures is nearly 2 per cent higher than last year.
STRUCTURE: NHS East of England has asked Monitor to reject recommendations by the Cooperation and Competition Panel and “expedite” the merger of two mental health providers in the region on patient safety grounds.
COMMERCIAL: A mental health trust in the East of England may be “heading to arbitration” over the terms of its talking therapies programme, having failed to sign its contract for the current financial year.
STRUCTURE: Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust has said it is not in possession of independent reports into its planned merger with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health FT.