Less than 20% of Special Measures Trusts Have Made Satisfactory Improvements

Less than 20% of trusts that have been placed in special measures due to inadequate care have improved satisfactorily in order to be removed within 12 months. In total, 27 trusts have been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission since 2013. Yet only five have been able to exit this circumstance within a twelve- month period, and all of these were from the original eleven placed in the regime in 2013. Regulators guidance from 2014 states that “it is intended that the usual... Readmore

Conflict Mars Sustainability and Transformation in Frimley

Regions within the sustainability and transformation program have been in conflict over local planning to reconfigure cardiovascular services. One trust involved in the argument suggested that the ongoing discussion means that “longstanding strong clinical relationships are under threat”. Frimley Health Foundation Trust, the sole acute provider in the Frimley Health and Care STP, currently provides cardiovascular care for patients referred from the Royal Surrey County Hospital. This... Readmore

Single Entity Proposed for All Health and Social Care Services in Lancashire

A new report has suggested that healthcare in Lancashire could benefit from a single CCG-type entity. This new authority would then oversee and commission all health and social care in the county. And a new counsellor position would be created in order to provide the casting vote on the board of the new organisation. The document, commissioned by Lancashire county council, suggests a new “integrated commissioning authority” would hugely benefit the way healthcare operates in the region. This... Readmore

Budget Announced for Health and Dare Devolution Team in Greater Manchester

It has been announced that the health and care evolution team in greater Manchester will be earmarked an annual budget worth £7.7 million. The majority of this figure will be invested in staff salaries for the department, with 270 staff working within this team. Most of the employees of the health and care evolution team have been seconded from NHS England, NHS Improvement and Public Health England. Approximately £6.5 million of the budget will cover wage costs for the team, with only... Readmore

NHS Shetland Ordered to Cut Spending as Costs Spiral

NHS Shetland will cut spending by £4 million to address rising costs at the trust. The heath board's core grant from the Scottish Government is only in line to increase by £700,000 over the next financial year. This will ensure that the total settlement rises to £46.5 million, but this will be insufficient to deal with outgoings in the region. Chief executive Ralph Roberts has confirmed that costs at NHS Shetland will rise by approximately £2.4 million in the coming years. And... Readmore

South London Local Authority Questions NHS STP Policy

A south London local authority has become the third council to release its full sustainability and transformation plan. And in doing so has criticised NHS England’s directive that the plans should not immediately be published. In December 2015, the NHS shared planning guidance 16/17 – 20/21 outlined a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations. And Sutton Council has today published the full 21 October submission for the south... Readmore

Out of Hours Service on Brink of Collapse in Northern Ireland

Out-of-hours services in Northern Ireland are on the verge of collapse, according to testimony from Irish GPs. Doctors in the nations state that it is common for individual GPs to cover populations of 370,000 single-handedly. The Northern Irish branch of the Royal College of General Practitioners noted that the South and West are being hit the hardest. Indeed, evidence suggests that the problem is so rarefied in these regions that institutions are threatened with being forced to close completely. Dr... Readmore

Sixteen West Midlands Clinical Commissioning Groups to Work on Integrated NHS 111

Sixteen West Midlands clinical commissioning groups will collaborate on a new integrated NHS 111 service. The CCGs will also play a collaborative role in mobilising GP out of hours and urgent care services across a population of 4.6 million, after a raft of contracts worth up to £172m was awarded to several bidders. NHS 111 has replaced the telephone triage and advice services provided by NHS Direct, NHS24 and local GP out-of-hours services. Four providers have won new contracts for out of hours... Readmore

King’s Fund Calls for NHS Organisations to Develop Collaborative Relationships

The King's Fund believes that NHS organisations could make more effort to form collaborative relationships with both patients and communities, and has emphasised the importance of this as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. Commenting on the implementation of this health service program, the authoritative think tank suggested that the NHS must step up his efforts to forge new relationships with patients and communities, which is a central pillar of the five-year transformation scheme. The Five... Readmore

Oxford Homeless Centre Awarded with Outstanding Grade

Luther Street Medical Centre, Oxford has received the highest “outstanding” grade from the Care Quality Commission, prompting its chief executive to acknowledge the efforts of staff. Oxford Health boss Stuart Bell congratulated employees on what he believed to be a deserved grading. The Care Quality Commission's chief inspector Steve Field praised its "safe, effective and well-led services" and said patients were treated with "compassion, dignity and respect". Bell, chief executive at Oxford... Readmore

Welsh NHS Writing to Patients to Avoid Missed Appointments

In an attempt to improve the take up of appointments, a health board in Wales has decided to write to patients informing them how much employments will cost on the NHS. The information will be provided with all appointment letters issued in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board region. While lack of attendance can be an issue throughout the NHS, it is thought that the problem is particularly marked in the Welsh nation. Hospital bosses hope that outlining the cost of appointments will... Readmore

Survey Suggests Flu Vaccination Scheme was a Fiasco

A survey of GP practices across the UK conducted by Pulse magazine has concluded that over 50% were ultimately left with unused flu vaccines. It seems that the eleventh hour introduction of a national pharmacies scheme, which encouraged patients to acquire vaccines from their pharmacist, had a massive impact on the incidence of vaccines being left over. Additionally, one-third of all practices in the UK had lost out financially as a result of vaccines being used. The scheme had been introduced... Readmore
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