Transforming Community Services

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Commissioners probe collapse of 'trailblazing' service

Commissioners are investigating the abrupt closure of a midwifery service hailed as a “trailblazing” model in the NHS long-term plan which ceased operations after racking up £900,000 of debt.

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Revealed: Vital STP projects face doubt after £1bn fund snub

An £84m urgent and emergency care transformation in Middlesbrough, system wide cancer reconfiguration in South Yorkshire, and a large elective care centre in Norfolk were among projects which missed out on recent government funding.

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Revealed: The winners from £1bn government capital fund

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed the trusts and partnerships which will receive capital funding worth around £900m for building developments.

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Primary care merger halted after 'fierce' criticism of CCG leaders

The establishment of a new primary care organisation in Greater Manchester has been halted after an independent review heard “fierce” criticism of those leading the project.

Norman Lamb

Flagship learning difficulty programme branded a "failure"

A flagship national programme to move people with learning difficulties out of hospital has been branded a “failure” by a former minister after it emerged areas were struggling to set up specialist community services.


Regulator explores standardised designs for new NHS buildings

Plans for new standardised NHS buildings are being drawn up by efficiency directors in a bid to speed up much needed improvements to ageing estate.

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Trust's integration with social enterprise raises merger prospects

An acute hospital trust could merge with a social enterprise company that provides community, mental health and social care services, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Call for 'forward view' for NHS community services

NHS England should publish a ‘five year forward view’ for community services and the sector should be given ‘priority’ for additional NHS funding, the King’s Fund has argued.

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Teaching hospital loses community contracts

A London teaching hospital trust has lost multimillion community services contracts.

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Southern Health may lose community services as CCGs prepare to procure

Southern Health Foundation Trust has confirmed it is considering divesting itself of its community services provision – which accounts for a third of its turnover – ahead of a procurement for a new integrated model of care.

Andrea Sutcliffe

Tribunal backs CQC in row over 'shaping the market'

A tribunal has backed the Care Quality Commission after a legal challenge accusing it of acting “outside of its powers” in refusing to register a new learning disability facility.

David Smith

County CCG plans 'significant' hospital consolidation

Oxfordshire health services will see “significant structural change” as part of transformation plans currently under discussion, HSJ can reveal, with the Horton General Hospital singled out as “not sustainable in its current form”.


Scale of NHS staff transfer to private sector revealed

The scale of the transfer of NHS staff to independent sector providers in recent years has been revealed in new figures.


Hunt: my biggest mistake

Jeremy Hunt has said that his biggest mistake to date as health secretary was to rely too heavily on inspection to improve poor care before he realised that culture change would have a greater impact.

Steve Kell

Monitor angers CCGs with advice on community services

Commissioners have voiced concern that their efforts to integrate services will be hampered by ‘enforced competition’ after Monitor released a report warning them against simply rolling over existing community services contracts.

David Bennett

Monitor watching CCG procurement decisions 'closely'

Monitor is closely observing the decisions clinical commissioning groups are making about transforming community services contracts, its chief executive has told HSJ.

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MP: Let communities run hospitals

“Communities” must be given the chance to own and run smaller hospitals and help push forward the changes the NHS needs to succeed, a Conservative MP has said.

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Community trusts devise plan to 'level playing field'

Community services trusts are starting work on a national programme to develop indicators to benchmark their performance and value, which could potentially underpin a tariff payment system for the sector, HSJ can reveal.

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Analysis: Pointing the way to change in primary care

As government and NHS leaders step up pressure for radical change in general practice, existing extended services – such as Leeds’ York Street practice for homeless people and asylum seekers – may point the way to new approaches and models for primary care.

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Mental health trusts look to diversify

Almost two thirds of NHS in-house mental health providers now also provide non-mental health services, a survey shared with HSJ reveals.

Rob Webster

Community trusts seek payment system reform

Aspirant community foundation trusts plan to lobby for changes to the NHS finance system to prevent activity being driven into acute hospitals.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley

Lansley: management cuts to slow after 2012

Aggressive cost saving will mean new NHS organisations will not have to make further deep cuts in management and administration spending from next year, Andrew Lansley has revealed to HSJ.

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FT ambitions will be 'very challenging' for community trusts

A leading provider of integrated health and social care looks set to abandon its ambitions to become a standalone community foundation trust in a move lawyers say could be repeated elsewhere.

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Exclusive: property company expected to cover costs by raising rents

The new NHS property company is set to take over a core portfolio worth at least £1.7bn, HSJ can disclose.

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Serco is preferred bidder to take over Suffolk community services

Private sector outsourcing giant Serco has been selected as preferred bidder to take over nearly all NHS community services in Suffolk in a deal worth £140m to the company over three years.


Campaigners demand social enterprise future for community hospital

A campaign has been launched for a community hospital to be run as a social enterprise - to stop it becoming part of a foundation trust.

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Exclusive: community trusts dispute asset transfers with PCTs and DH

Plans to transfer NHS properties to community service providers have stalled amid an ongoing dispute between trusts and the Department of Health, and claims of irrational behaviour by commissioners.

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TCS social enterprise transfer faces legal challenge

A judge has ordered a primary care trust to halt the planned transfer of its provider arm to a social enterprise, pending the outcome of a High Court hearing.

Drop in admission rates hailed as possible CCG success

DH social enterprise scheme draws just three bids

There have been just three expressions of interest to set up social enterprises under the Department of Health’s “right to provide” scheme, none of which have been approved.

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Social enterprises condemn 'slap in the face' over PCT properties

Social enterprises have been left out of plans to allow NHS providers to take over community service properties, in a move condemned as a “slap in the face” for the government’s Big Society agenda.