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Improving mental health with digital CBT: bridging the treatment gap for insomnia

In its efforts to address insomnia and improve mental health, the NHS is grappling with long-standing challenges that leave millions every year without access to therapy. Sleepio’s digital CBT for insomnia offers an intervention that is safe, effective, and scalable – and now proven to offer multimillion pound cost reductions ...


Ex-No 10 adviser and management consultant appointed ICS lead

A former special advisor to Theresa May when she was prime minister has been appointed new lead of an integrated care system.

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The dearth of system leaders

Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by integration correspondent, Sharon Brennan.

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Senior ICS leader to step down and ‘swim Alcatraz’

A senior leader within the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West integrated care system has announced she will step down from her roles next year.


Three CCGs to merge to cover ICS

Three clinical commissioning groups in the Thames Valley are planning to merge into a single organisation covering their integrated care system.

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Therapist and nursing shortages forces hospital ward closure

A community ward at a Buckinghamshire hospital will close next month due to a shortage of nurses and therapists.

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NHS England confirms funding for major national programme

NHS England has confirmed a further year’s funding will be available for a major national programme amid doubts from local commissioners.

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Single chief exec appointed to neighbouring CCGs

A single accountable officer has been appointed to two clinical commissioning groups in neighbouring counties.

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Two more digital 'exemplars' to get £7.5m

NHS England has picked two more regions to receive up to £7.5m to create detail health and care patient records.

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Trusts in separate health economies consider 'stronger collaboration'

Two hospital trusts in separate health economies are looking at the benefits of a “stronger working relationship and collaboration”.

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'Advanced' health system CCG forecasts unplanned deficit of £19m

The clinicial commissioning group for an “advanced” health system is expected to post a significant unplanned deficit in 2017-18.

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NHS England director appointed to lead integrated care system

An integrated care system early adopter has appointed an NHS England director to lead its transformation programme.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.


CCG pushes search for permanent chief into new year

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has hired an interim chief executive and will not seek a permanent replacement for the outgoing accountable officer until next year.


Trust chief exec appointed to lead 'advanced' STP

A trust chief with more than 20 years experience has been appointed “executive lead” of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West sustainability and transformation partnership.


Exclusive: Mergers involving 11 CCGs get green light

NHS England has approved unprecedented changes to clinical commissioning groups across the country, consolidating 11 CCGs into four, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs 'anticipate' formal merger next year

Two Buckinghamshire clinical commissioning groups are expected to merge next year after seeking permission from NHS England.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs plan merger as Stevens moratorium lifts

Two clinical commissioning groups are aiming to merge within weeks, marking the end of a three year moratorium and potentially the beginning of a wave of consolidation.