Salford PCT

NHS Salford increases surplus target

FINANCE: The primary care trust has increased its surplus target for 2012-13 to £3.7m to “reflect its improved financial position”, according to latest NHS Greater Manchester board papers.

Salford CCG authorised without conditions

STRUCTURE: Salford clinical commissioning group has been fully authorised, in the second wave of CCG authorisation decisions.

NHS Salford faces estimated £3.9m costs for retrospective continuing care claims

FINANCE: NHS Salford has received 250 retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding in the first half of 2012-13, according to NHS Greater Manchester’s latest finance report.

Providers awarded contracts for Greater Manchester hearing services

COMMERCIAL: Sixteen NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to provide adult hearing services across Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester awards 'any qualified provider' diagnostics contracts

COMMERCIAL: Twenty three NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to offer direct access diagnostics across Greater Manchester.

Six appointments for Greater Manchester LAT

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed six directors for its Greater Manchester local area team.

Salford Royal contract £1.6m overspent

FINANCE: Commissioners overspent their contract with the Salford Royal Foundation Trust by £1.6m in the first four months of 2012-13, NHS Greater Manchester board papers report.

Steep fall in long-waiters at Salford Royal

PERFORMANCE: The foundation trust has achieved a steep fall in the number of its patients who have been waiting more than a year for treatment, commissioner board papers show.

Manchester CCGs to take on acutes with united commissioning pact

STRUCTURE: Greater Manchester’s clinical commissioning groups are developing a pact to work collectively after April 2013, to ensure they are strong enough to deal with powerful hospital providers.

HSJ Local Briefing - Greater Manchester and Liverpool

Analysed: the reconfiguration plan for Greater Manchester's hospitals

HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of the key issues facing the NHS’s major health economies. This week: acute reconfiguration in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester reduces underuse of private sector contracts

FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the cluster lost £2.6m through underuse of contracted independent sector providers in the first eight months of this year, compared with £4.5m for the same period in 2010-11, its latest finance report shows.

Salford Royal forecasts shortfall on health visitors target

WORKFORCE: Salford Royal Foundation Trust is forecasting that it will miss its target of recruiting a further 10 health visitors this year, its commissioner has reported.

Greater Manchester signs £1.8m home oxygen contract

COMMERCIAL: The Greater Manchester cluster of primary care trusts has signed a contract worth an estimated £1.8m for the provision of home oxygen services to all 10 PCTs in the area.

Greater Manchester cluster proposes responsibility for networks’ funding

STRUCTURE: The NHS Greater Manchester ‘cluster’ of primary care trusts has proposed that it take over responsibility funds held to support the Making it Better reconfiguration of the city’s maternity services.

Diagnostics, adult hearing, and podiatry to be opened to competition across Manchester

STRUCTURE: Podiatry, diagnostics and adult hearing services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by the primary care trust NHS Manchester in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.

Rise in child TB across Greater Manchester

PERFORMANCE: A rise in child TB cases has led to a renewed emphasis on the disease by Greater Manchester PCTs.

Just two Greater Manchester PCTs fall behind financial plans

FINANCE: PCTs across Greater Manchester are making reasonable progress towards their year-end financial targets with just two areas - NHS Bolton and NHS Oldham - behind plan.

AQP areas announced in Manchester

FINANCE: Greater Manchester PCTs have identified podiatry and diagnostics as priorities for introducing any qualified provider.

Greater Manchester lacks capacity to cope with disease outbreak

PERFORMANCE: Infection control teams in Greater Manchester PCTs would struggle to cope with disease outbreaks over the winter months, the area’s cluster board heard.