Northumberland Care Trust

Northumberland ambulance performance problems

PERFORMANCE: The NHS North of Tyne board has been warned over “deteriorations in performance” over recent months in ambulance response times particularly within the Northumberland Care trust area.

John Lawlor appointed NHSCB director for Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

STRUCTURE: John Lawlor has been apppointed as the NHS Commissioning Board’s local area team director for Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Northumberland CCG authorised with no conditions

STRUCTURE: Northumberland CCG has been authorised with no conditions in the second wave of CCG authorisation decisions.

Cumbria and North East LAT hires nurse and medical director

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board local area team for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear has appointed a nursing and medical director.

Large commissioning board LAT gets interim director

STRUCTURE: An interim director has been appointed to the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear local area team, pending a permanent appointment.

Northumberland health centre to get £1.3m investment

COMMERCIAL: Guidepost Health Centre in Northumberland is to receive a £1.3m overhaul, improving facilities.

Image of the North East

Analysed: The reorganisation of commissioning in the North East

The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.

Care UK contract sparks protests

COMMERCIAL: NHS North of Tyne is facing angry opposition to its decision to award the contract for running a GP practice to private provider Care UK.

Northumberland CCG scopes priorities with patients

STRUCTURE: NHS Northumberland CCG is organising discussions with members of the public about its ” future priorities” and to “identify any gaps in services”.

Northumberland health centre to get £1.7m refurbishment

STRUCTURE: Haltwhistle Health Centre in Northumberland is to have a £1.7m overhaul, extending facilities.

Commissioners report Lucentis pressure from Newcastle FT

FINANCE: North Tyneside PCT, Northumberland CT and Newcastle PCT are facing overspending risks in relation to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, largely attributable to use of Lucentis (ranibizumab injection).

North of Tyne CCGs budgets identified

FINANCE: The North of Tyne primary care trust cluster has announced the delegated budgets for its shadow clinical commissioning groups for 2012-13.

Northumberland CCG calls for rural cash boost

FINANCE: Northumberland Care Trust and the emerging Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group are shaking-up the income of practices in the patch, and lobbying for increased funding.

North East CSS passes checkpoint 2

STRUCTURE: The single commissioning support service for the North East has been told it has only “medium to low issues” by the NHS Commissioning Board.

New patient group formed in North of Tyne

STRUCTURE: A new patient group has been formed in Blyth Valley, part of the area covered by Northumberland Care Trust.

Work begins on Morpeth health centre

STRUCTURE: Work has begun on an £18m health centre in Morpeth, to house two existing GP practices.

North East appoints interim commissioning support lead

WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.

Commissioners overspending at Newcastle FT by £10.5m

FINANCE: North of Tyne commissioners are overspending on their contract with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust by £10.5m.

North East PCTs pursue single commissioning support organisation

STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.

Overspends on Newcastle Hospital care

FINANCE: The North of Tyne PCTs - Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - are overspending against planned activity for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, but still on target to meet their planned surplus.