Blackburn with Darwen PCT

Lancashire PCTs forecast underspend

FINANCE: All five PCTs in the Lancashire cluster are forecasting an underspend against resources at year end, totalling nearly £13m.

Blackburn urgent care centre referring back to primary care

STRUCTURE: Patients attending an urgent care centre in Blackburn are being referred back to their GP, dentist or pharmacy in a six month trial aimed at reducing attendance.

Blackburn with Darwen CCG authorised without conditions

STRUCTURE: Blackburn with Darwen clinical commissioning group has been fully authorised in the second wave of CCG authorisation decisions.

Lancashire landscape

Vascular controversy spreads to Lancashire

Discontent over the Cheshire and Merseyside vascular reconfiguration has spread across the North West

Lancashire landscape

Analysed: North West’s vascular controversy spreads to Lancashire and Cumbria

Discontent over the Cheshire and Merseyside vascular reconfiguration has spread across the North West

Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn to continue health joint working

Integration set to survive NHS upheaval

Commissioning support service on track

STRUCTURE: The Cumbria and Lancashire Commissioning Support Service has passed through another development milestone, shows a report to the NHS Lancashire PCT cluster.

Blackburn with Darwen Teaching had highest sickness absence in Lancs

WORKFORCE: Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust Plus had the highest level of sickness absence in Lancashire in March, shows the second workforce report for the whole county.

Lancashire's health and wellbeing board launches draft plan

PERFORMANCE: Improving services for new mothers and young children will be among the top priorities for Lancashire’s new health and wellbeing board, draft plans show.

East Lancashire eyes ‘new market’ as result of Manchester maternity reconfiguration

STRUCTURE: The reconfiguration of maternity services across Greater Manchester may open up a “new market” for East Lancashire’s Burnley General Hospital, trust board papers state.

Former social worker picked to chair Blackburn CCG

WORKFORCE: A former social worker has been named as the preferred candidate to chair the Blackburn with Darwen CCG, with special responsibility for public and patient involvement.

NHS Blackpool prepares for consultation on major reconfiguration

STRUCTURE: Commissioners across Blackpool and Lancashire will next month begin public consultation on a major reconfiguration of community inpatient services across the Fylde coast.

Blackburn with Darwen reported on course for £1.4m surplus

FINANCE: At the end of October the commissioner was forecasting its planned £1.4m surplus for 2011-12, and showing a £933,000 surplus for the year to date.

Commissioners forecast around £2.7m overspend on Lancs Teaching Hospitals

FINANCE: Four of the five Lancashire primary care trusts were forecasting year end overspends in excess of £400,000 with the foundation at the end of September, their cluster’s latest finance report shows.

Cluster condemns DH pressure on NEDs to resign

STRUCTURE: A care trust chair has accused the government of enacting “on the hoof” reforms, and warned that moves to sack non-executive directors risked draining expertise out of the local health economy.

Adult hearing and musculoskeletal services to be opened to competition in Lancashire

STRUCTURE: Diagnostics, adult hearing and musculoskeletal services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by North Lancashire Teaching PCT in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.

Lancashire PCT cluster ‘banked’ £38m QIPP savings by end of July

FINANCE: The primary care trust cluster is currently forecasting it will achieve £64.3m of its £66.7m quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings target in 2011-12, its latest board papers show.

Lancashire providers to hold QIPP summit

FINANCE: Lancashire providers are to hold a summit of all clinical leaders, finance directors and chief executives in a bid to “reframe” savings plans on “improving outcomes” and addressing financial challenges collectively.

Lancashire Care FT revises reconfiguration blueprint, cutting planned beds by 298

STRUCTURE: The foundation trust has revised its strategic plan for a major reconfiguration of inpatient mental health services across Lancashire, reducing the overall number of beds that will be provided from 560 to 262.

NHS Blackburn with Darwen ‘banks’ 90 per cent of 2011-12 QIPP savings in four months

FINANCE: The primary care trust had achieved 90 per cent of its planned £6.3m quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings just four months into the financial year, board papers state.