£100 Million Compensation Bill for North East NHS Over Last Two Years

The compensation bill for mistakes in the NHS in the north east reached over £100 million over the last two years, according to official data. Figures indicate that clinical negligence claims reached a total of £108,367,7062 in 2014/15 and 2015/16. This represents a significant rise over the £78 million that was paid out over the two previous financial years. Hospital leaders responded to the figures by stating that the complex medical cases that the north east NHS region has been forced... Readmore

New Surgery-Based Clinical Pharmacists Initiative Announced

Patients across England are set to benefit from more convenient trips to the GP with the announcement by NHS England of new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with routine medication and treatment. Over 700 more practices in England will benefit from having a pharmacist located in their GP surgery covering up to six-million patients and helping to free up GP time. Dr Arvind Madan, GP and NHS England Director of Primary Care, suggested that the initiative will have a positive impact... Readmore

Official Figures Indicate Nottinghamshire Outperforming Other Areas

New figures published last week found that care home residents in Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire had 23% fewer emergency admissions and 29% fewer A&E attendances compared to people in other parts of the country. The figures were part of a report published by the Health Foundation, which looked at analysis carried out by the new Improvement Analytics Unit; a partnership between NHS England and the Health Foundation. The care home residents in Rushcliffe receive an ‘enhanced’ care package... Readmore

Healthcare Professionals Pledge Commitment to Care in North of England

More than 120 healthcare professionals from across the north of England have pledged their commitment to improving the quality of care for patients in the region by forming a major new collaboration. Known as ‘Q Members’, the healthcare providers gathered at the first event of its kind to learn about quality improvement work taking place across the North East and North Cumbria and discover how they could become involved. The Q Community, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded... Readmore

Formal Talks Begin Over Three-Way Merseyside CCG Merger

NHS England has laid the ground work for talks to begin over the largest ever merging of clinical commissioning groups. Liverpool, South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCGs, all located in Merseyside, will begin formal talks on the matter in April. The plans to merge have been on the table for some time, but NHS England has finally given the green light to the arrangement. It is hoped that the three organisations will be able to form a super-sized clinical commissioning group at some point... Readmore

Largest CCG in the North of England to be Created by Merger

It has been confirmed that the largest clinical commissioning group in the north of England will be created by a merger in the greater Manchester region. The merger of North, South and Central Manchester CCGs has been rubber stamped by NHS England, with the completion of this process due to take place in April. Ian Williamson, the chief officer of Central Manchester CCG, has been confirmed as accountable officer for the new organisation. Once the manager is implemented, the new organisation... Readmore

Shadow Health Secretary Condemns Walk-In Closures

The Shadow health secretary has condemned the closure of walk-in centres in Bury. Jonathan Ashworth, who grew up in the Lancashire town, called on healthcare bosses to reconsider the decision to close these vital community assets. Ashworth considers the move to be short-sighted, and also warned that the plan will have the undesired consequence of piling further pressure on to Accident and Emergency departments. And Ashworth is also sceptical that plans to use NHS 111 to triage patients towards... Readmore

Seven-Day Working Targets Set for Pilot Practices

Pilot practices responsible for piloting the new seven-day approach to working have been set targets to ensure at least 60% of appointments are utilised. Surgeries that fail to achieve this figure will be required to submit plans on how they will increase demand in the immediate future. The new scheme has been introduced in a subcontract by the Greater Peterborough Network Ltd (GPN); a GP provider company set up to deliver the GP Access Scheme across 29 practices in the region. Practices... Readmore

New ‘Group Model’ in Essex to Run Three Trusts

Three Essex trusts involved in an innovative new group model intended to oversee three hospitals in the region have now finalised their joint executive team. Clare Panniker had already been named as the chief executive, but other members of the board have now been put in place. This extraordinary decision has been necessitated by a potential £400 million deficit for the region's healthcare operation by the end of the decade. Thus, major plans have been set out to reconfigure the way that... Readmore

Essex Mental Health Trusts to Merge by April

Two Essex mental health trusts are aiming to merge by April under a new name, according to board papers. South Essex Partnership Foundation Trust and North Essex Partnership Trust, which began talks on a tie up in late 2015, are targeting April 2017 to be merged under the name Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust. Papers discussed at South Essex’s board meeting last month said it would appoint an interim board in November to oversee the merger, before a substantive board takes over... Readmore

Domiciliary Carers in Wales Should be Assisted Councils Conclude

Councils in South West Wales have been urged to improve the careers conditions of the large number of domiciliary workers in Wales. The region faces an increasing demand for these services from a greying population. For example, Carmarthenshire Council's in-house domiciliary care team carried out 202,911 visits to residents in 2013-14 and 199,445 in 2015-16. But the number of care visits by external providers escalated rapidly in those years from 698,797 to 961,022. Meanwhile, evidence indicates... Readmore

Outcry Over London Heart Surgery Closures

Two large hospitals, the Royal Brompton in London and Glenfield hospital in Leicester, have defied plans from NHS England, prompting a strong response from critics. The issue stems from an ongoing 15-year-old squabble over the deaths of babies at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Since the 2001 government Kennedy review into the tragedy indicated that someunits should be closed due to a lack of skill, there has been considerable debate over which should ultimately be annulled. And the latest review... Readmore
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