Vanguard Project Floats New Care Model

A leading vanguard project will compose a £340 million contract with the intention of acquiring a single provider in order to oversee its new care model. This arrangement will be in place by April 2018, if the All Together Better Sunderland multi-specialty community provider model is successful. This new model attempts to ensure that health services, social care and the voluntary sector can be commingled in a collaborative process. The overall aim is to ensure that vulnerable patients are spared... Readmore

Maternity Challenge Fund Winners Announced

Winners have been selected for the Maternity Challenge Funds second round of prizes. NHS England have awarded three midwife projects £50,000 with the intention of enabling them to explore innovative ways to utilise women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. The judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the three winners from approximately 50 entrants. The fund was initiated during 2016 in an attempt to encourage new thinking regarding... Readmore

NHS England Extends Support for GPs on Rising Indemnity Costs

NHS England has announced increased support for those GPs struggling to deal with the rising cost of indemnity payments. The healthcare organisation has made this provision with the intention of ensuring greater access to doctors for patients across the country. In order to work towards the same, the 2016 Winter Indemnity Scheme will be extended by a month to 17th April. This will enable GPs to work additional shifts, particularly over the Easter Bank Holiday, without the burden of additional... Readmore

Row Brewing Over Hospital Logos

A new report has revealed that NHS hospitals were ordered to change their logo despite warnings over the expense of such a policy. All NHS hospitals have been instructed to alter publicity materials, moving the NHS logo to a position of above the name of the trust, as opposed to perpendicular to it. Patients groups have strongly opposed this rather petty regulation, with many prominent NHS observers concerned about the squandering of resources in the middle of a massive financial crisis. Yet... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt Orders Grantham and District Hospital Review

Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of United Hospitals Lincolnshire Trust’s decision to close Grantham and District Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department. This decision was instigated at the end of 2016, when the trust introduced what it stated was a “temporary” night time closure of the Grantham A&E last year. However, the A&E department has yet to reopen on a full-time basis. Lincolnshire County Council has requested the health secretary to intervene, following concerns... Readmore

Buckinghamshire CCGs Float Merger to NHS England

Two Buckinghamshire-based clinical commissioning groups are set to merge, after they submitted an application to NHS England. Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs would become one larger CCG at the beginning of 2017-18 should the proposals be accepted. The decision to submit this request followed a moratorium on the matter issued by NHS England. Since clinical commissioning groups were initially created only one group of the organisations has been effectively merged. This seemed to be set in stone... Readmore

Figures Show Bed Blocking is Three Times Worse than Believed

Although the problem of bed-blocking is commonly known within the NHS system, a new study suggests that the scale of the issue is far greater than generally believed. Nuffield Trust research asserts that the number of patients trapped in hospital despite being fit to leave is three times higher than was previously thought, and that official data demonstrates. Far more hospital beds are taken up by patients classed as “delayed transfers of care” than NHS England’s counting system detected,... Readmore

NHS England Failing to Implement Key Aspects of the GP Forward View

The Royal College of General Practitioners considers NHS England to be behind in its efforts to roll out the GP Forward View rescue deal. Several elements of this attempt have been red-rated by the RCGP, as the authoritative organisation conducts a comprehensive review into progress. The college had explicitly supported the GP Forward View when it was initially released last April. But the chair of the organisation, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, indicated that the organisation is frustrated with... Readmore

NHS England Yet to Portion Out Vulnerable Practices Funds

Official data indicates that NHS England has failed to spend the £10 million that was pledged for the edge in support of vulnerable practices in 2015. This is despite the fact that the most senior GPs working for the organisation indicated just weeks ago that it would reach practices by the end of the calendar year. NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan had stated back in December 2016 that the remaining funds would be “spent by the end of this calendar year”. But NHS England... Readmore

Extra Strain on Emergency Services Causing NHS Trusts Financial Malaise

Regulators have warned that the increasing strain being placed on emergency services is heaping additional financial pressures on already besieged NHS trusts. NHS Improvement wrote to trust leaders in order to address the matter, and stated that providers are frequently seeking support from commissioners in order to address the situation. However, the overseer also suggested that several trusts must make a considerably larger investment in rectifying the matter. As the NHS reached crisis... Readmore

Lib Dems Speak Out on Healthcare Crisis

The Liberal Democrats have responded to official data which suggests that the NHS is still facing a winter crisis. In order to measure the level of emergencies in the healthcare system, NHS England has devised a new system of Operational Pressure Escalation Levels (OPELs). Health officials have asserted that the four-point scale is an attempt to ensure consistency when hospitals are under strain and rqeuire extra help or for patients to be diverted. Yet on 9th January alone, 61 hospital... Readmore

Ambulance Trust Sought Millions in Compensation

An ambulance trust sought millions in compensation from commissioners following what it described as horrendous handover delays. This claim formed part of the local contract negotiations for 2017-18. The West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust has been locked in talks with all 22 clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands in an attempt to resolve the matter. This was confirmed by director for clinical commissioning and service development, Mark Docherty. Docherty conceded that CCGs... Readmore
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