FINANCE: Delays in deciding allocations for the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups are holding up contract settlements at Sheffield Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust.

The board heard  that an interim target of agreeing the main elements of contracts with commissioners by the end of February was going to be missed and the trust had yet to get detailed responses. The uncertainty around division of resources between the NHS CB and CCGs could also mean that commissioners’ views would change. This is also holding up QIPP planning for the year.