COMMERCIAL: District nurses from Oxford Health Foundation Trust are likely to work 11,000 shifts above their contracted activity level this year because of huge patient demand.

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has given “interim funding” to help the trust cope with demand.

A review of the contract is ongoing to bring commissioned capacity in line with actual demand.

Trust chief operating officer Yvonne Taylor said: “The district nursing service continues to overperform in terms of contracted activity, with a year-end forecast position of 6.5 per cent over performance.

“Negotiations are ongoing with the CCG around their implementation of actions agreed in October 2014 to improve alignment between commissioned capacity and actual demand. In the meantime interim funding arrangements are in place to partially mitigate this demand pressure.”