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Local health systems to be measured on new performance metrics

New metrics are under development to measure local health systems against the ambitions of the NHS long-term plan.

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CCG loses high court battle to close urgent care centre

A High Court judge has thrown out plans by a CCG to replace a walk-in urgent care centre with an appointment only primary care hub.

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NHS England to cover GP indemnity cost increase

NHS England has said it will cover the “inflationary rises” in indemnity costs for GP practices from April 2017.

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'Tens of millions' needed to develop GP leaders

“Tens of millions” of pounds needs to be invested in leadership development for GPs at the helm of large scale provider groups, a senior NHS England official has said.

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UPDATED: Interactive commissioning system map

HSJ has updated its comprehensive interactive map of the NHS commissioning system, showing critical details about its organisations.


Exclusive: Somerset GPs get the go ahead to depart from QOF

GPs in Somerset have been given permission to ditch reporting against the majority of quality and outcomes framework indicators in favour of a locally developed approach, in a move seen as a “significant departure” for NHS England.


At least 10 PCTs to be bailed out by peers in 2012-13

At least 10 primary care trusts would face finishing 2012-13 in the red without loans or bailouts from their neighbouring commissioners, HSJ research has found.

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Caldicott expected to raise legal doubts over CSU data services

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care is increasing its capacity to store and manage data in the expectation that commissioning support units will be prevented from holding sensitive information about patients.

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Ricketts: don't externalise before CSS market is mature

Plans to “externalise” commissioning support units should be given a lower priority over the next two to three years than establishing a market in support services, HSJ has been told.

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Mandate requires board to guarantee CCG autonomy

Clinical commissioning groups have received a strengthened commitment from ministers to ensure their autonomy, and new powers to rate the performance of the NHS Commissioning Board.

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Board could force CCGs to work with its teams on reconfigur​ation

The NHS Commissioning Board will have the ability to force clinical commissioning groups to work with centrally appointed groups of doctors on reconfiguration programmes.

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HSJ Briefing: general practice services and policy

The growing pressure for general practice to meet rising NHS demand rests on a slow but steady path of improvement

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Commissioning board extends control as 'specialised' budget balloons

The budget for specialised commissioning will increase by more than 40 per cent, in a move which will centralise responsibility for many services.

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DH tracker shows cluster confidence

Primary care trust leaders are overwhelmingly confident about the progress being made towards setting up the new NHS structure, internal reports obtained by HSJ reveal. However, many areas are experiencing difficulties establishing the local operations of the NHS Commissioning Board.

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Big drop in GPs lined up for CCG leader roles

Less than a quarter of the clinical commissioning groups created under the government’s NHS reforms will have GPs as their accountable officers, an HSJ investigation has found.

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Planning, complaints and collaboration are common problems for CCGs

Early feedback from the clinical commissioning group authorisation process has highlighted planning, complaints and collaboration as some of the most difficult issues.

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Huge variation in CCG staff numbers

There will be huge variation between clinical commissioning groups’ internal staff numbers and their reliance on independent support services, according to the first analysis of the structure of the new groups.

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Exclusive: Government faces Lib-Lab challenge over Health Act regulations

The government is facing a joint Labour-Liberal Democrat challenge to Health Act regulations which impose restrictions on the membership of clinical commissioning group governing bodies.


Final sign-off for CCG authorisation to be put back a month

Clinical commissioning groups will be authorised a month later than previously planned, the NHS Commissioning Board has announced.

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Hunt urged to give GP commissioners autonomy

GP and clinical commissioner representatives have given a cautious welcome to the new health secretary, urging him to maintain commitment to local autonomy.