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Creating a super-practice
How can practice managers create a super-practice? Paul Conroy started originally with the invitation to all 38 practices in the area; 15 expressed interest and shared data initially, and 12 have crossed the finish line. In North East Essex, we had a strong practice-based commissioning group in the days of primary care trusts, and we still retain a close-knit forum of local practice managers.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Practice management Premises Latest News Source Type: news

NHS management fraudster convicted for second time
A convicted fraudster who was jailed for more than two years after pretending to be a doctor for nine years at a primary care trust has pleaded guilty after being caught trying to commit a similar crime again. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 6, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Out-of-hours provider hands contract back to commissioners
A social enterprise running out-of-hours primary care services across three English counties has handed its contract back to commissioners amid spiralling demand and lack of resource. CNCS (Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services) has been providing out-of-hours care in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland for more than 10 years but doctors say it has been unable to cope with the needs of patients and dwindling staff numbers. Care across the region will now be fragmented with a mental health trust, the organisation that runs 111 locally and another out-of-hours specialist taking over in different areas. North Nott...
Source: BMA News - May 13, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON slams redundancy plans at NHS Property Services
UNISON has today (Thursday) criticised plans by NHS Property Services to make more than 140 posts redundant in England. Roles at risk include those responsible for maintaining the safety and high standard of NHS properties, and those who carry out health and safety audits, fire risk assessments and manage the security of buildings. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The Health and Social Care Act has created nothing but chaos in the NHS and cost billions. At a time of scarce resources, this extortionate expense was both unnecessary and money the NHS could ill afford. The new structures the Act created are ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 14, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS NHS property Source Type: news

NHS England hires local director as another joins Optum
A NHS England sub-region directors is leaving to join private health firm Optum, while another of the posts has been filled by a former primary care trust chief executive. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 23, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General Pharmaceutical Services in England – 2004/05 to 2013/14
The England level data in this publication covers various time periods between 2004/05 and 2013/14. Data for 2013/14 is also available by regions and area teams and the 2012/13 primary care trust data has been mapped to area teams. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 21, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

United Kingdom (England): Health system review.
Authors: Boyle S Abstract The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) profiles are country-based reports that provide a detailed description of a health system and of policy initiatives in progress or under development. HiTs examine different approaches to the organization, financing and delivery of health services and the role of the main actors in health systems; describe the institutional framework, process, content and implementation of health and health care policies; and highlight challenges and areas that require more in-depth analysis. Various indicators show that the health of the population has improved over t...
Source: Health systems in transition - November 11, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Former NHS finance chief jailed for stealing £2.2m from the health service
Trevor Cosson, former head of finance at a primary care trust, was jailed after pleading guilty to defrauding the NHS out of £2.2 million (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - July 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cosson Trevor Cosson former NHS finance chief stole defrauded NHS stole from NHS Source Type: news

CCG prescribing data: October to December 2013
Data for April 2008 to March 2013 is available by primary care trust (PCT). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 2, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Woman's wisdom teeth operation left her in agony for SIX YEARS
Carol Russell, 46, from Birmingham, had a wisdom tooth removed in 2008, and the operations damaged a nerve so badly she needed several more operations. They made no difference. She was told the damage was permanent. She has since has received £15,000 from South Birmingham Primary Care Trust after the Dental Law Partnership negotiated an out- of-court settlement. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CCG prescribing data - October to December 2013
Data for April 2008 to March 2013 is available by primary care trust (PCT).  The data is being made available via a tool called iView which will allow users to manipulate and extract data. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 15, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

One year on, new commissioning groups are an improvement on their predecessors but do not reflect the views of members, say GPs
1 Apr 2014 Less than half of GPs feel decisions made by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the doctor-led bodies created by the NHS reforms to hold local health budgets, reflect their views, suggests a survey by the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund. However, the research also suggests that three times as many GPs think they can influence the work of their CCG than could influence their predecessors – primary care trusts. The research published today on the anniversary of the enactment of the NHS reforms, provides the top-line results from a survey of GPs in six CCG localities. Ke...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - April 1, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Treasury claims £650m legacy debt pot
NHS England has admitted that £650m of provisions made by primary care trusts last year to pay for historic continuing healthcare claims will not be available to clinical commissioning groups. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 27, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Registering as an 'out of area' patient in the UK popular with young commuters and patients moving home
A pilot scheme allowing patients to visit GPs outside the area they live in was most popular among younger commuters and people who had moved house but did not want to change their GP, according to a new report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.The Department of Health's Choice of GP pilot scheme found that while demand overall was modest, participants were generally positive about the scheme and there was little sign of major increased cost to primary care trusts (PCTs) for providing the service. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

CCGs angered by NHS England instruction to set up £250m risk pool
Clinical commissioning group representatives have condemned a direction from NHS England saying they must contribute £250m to a national fund for “legacy debts” of primary care trusts. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 12, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Clinical Commissioning Groups in England serve too many masters
Clinical Commissioning Groups, the new family doctor-led bodies responsible for commissioning the largest chunk of healthcare in England, are accountable to too many masters with potentially competing agendas, concludes research published in the online journal BMJ Open.Clinical Commissioning Groups, or CCGs for short, are membership bodies that came on stream in April this year as part of a major restructuring of health and social care services in England. They replaced primary care trusts (PCTs). (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

NHS atlas of variation in diagnostic services
The atlas is published by Public Health England working with NHS Right Care, other organisations and a wide range of expert clinicians. The maps provide information about primary care trusts and their successors where CCG level data is available. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 28, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

PCTs: forgotten forever?
End Game firmly believes that just because primary care trusts were bloodily sacrificed on the altar of clinical commissioning that doesn’t mean they should be forgotten.So we put in a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Health asking how PCTs performed on their final year of quality, innovation productivity and prevention savings. QIPP has always been centrally reported, so we thought the department would probably have a fairly good idea of how they got on.Nope! (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 6, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Legacy of care claims liabilities threatens CCGs’ finances
Contingent liabilities in primary care trust accounts rocket to £661m (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 4, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tenant of the NHS
Is purchasing your practice from NHS Property Services or your Primary Care Trust a viable and tenable option? Hide related content:  Show related content Featured In Issue:  Management in Practice 33 | Summer 2013 read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 30, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Featured Premises Featured Articles Source Type: news

Conflicting opinions among CCG leaders and GP members over who 'owns' new commissioning groups, report suggests
22 Jul 2013 New research into the early development of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), a cornerstone of the coalition government's NHS reforms, suggests that many GPs do not currently have a strong sense of ownership of their local CCGs.A distinctive feature of the 211 CCGs that took over responsibility for the majority of the budget for commissioning health care services in the English NHS from 1 April 2013 is that they are membership organisations designed to harness the clinical expertise of their local GP members. Handing greater control of budgets to GPs was a key element of the government'...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - July 21, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Husband and wife take over at troubled £1bn hospital trust
STRUCTURE: A husband-and-wife team of former primary care trust leaders have been appointed as interim chief executive and turnaround director of the huge and troubled Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 14, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Funding confusion 'directly caused' vulnerable woman's death
A woman with complex mental health problems committed suicide after funding decision errors by a primary care trust and local authority saw her prematurely removed from a care home. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 29, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Absurdism and the CSU project
End Game will not hear it said that the new NHS commissioning system is exactly the same as the old one, except with less money and a few doctors getting in the way for the first year or so.Commissioning support units, for example, are nothing like anything that existed in the earlier age of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.Ample evidence of this is provided by NHS South CSU, whose new website features an exciting use of absurdist principles on its “meet the (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 24, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

After the transition, the anticlimax
The transition is complete – primary care trusts and strategic health authorities are dead, making way for a clinically led insurgency that will sweep through the NHS like a wildfire of transparency, patient-centredness and integrated working.So get ready! Or, if you live in Wigan, don’t.The town’s new commissioning group tweeted this week: “It’s the second day of the new NHS and it’s already business as (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 4, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Labour warns over 'unfair' public health budget split
The handover of responsibility for public health from primary care trusts to local authorities could be a “car crash”, the Labour party has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 2, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HSJ Live: First working day of the post-PCT world
All the latest news on the day that local area teams and clinical commissioning groups officially take over from strategic health authorities and primary care trusts. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 2, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Confused about Clinical Commissioning Groups?
As of April 1 2013, more than 200 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have replaced the existing Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). CCGs are GP-led organisations, with statutory responsibility for the commissioning of local NHS services. CCGs will have the freedom to commission services for the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 1, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Anxiety UK urge new commissioners to learn from past funding mistakes on mental health
The country’s leading anxiety disorders charity, Anxiety UK, is calling for the new GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to learn from their predecessors’ past mistakes when it comes to funding mental health services. The new CCGs will come into effect in April replacing Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and GP-led consortia will commission mental health services [...] (Source: ANXIETY UK News)
Source: ANXIETY UK News - March 22, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Care commissioning process is too laborious, report concludes
Source: BMJ, Nuffield Trust Area: News BMJ News features a story on a report by the Nuffield Trust which highlights the findings of an in-depth study of commissioning for people with long-term conditions. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme. The Nuffield Trust carried out a 15 month (November 2010 to January 2012) study of commissioning practice in three high-performing primary care trust (PCT) areas (Calderdale, Somerset and the Wirral). The authors carried out detailed observation around what the trusts actually did around co...
Source: NeLM - News - March 1, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Aston University research gives insights into medicines adherence problems
Source: Aston University Area: News The Medicines Research Unit at Aston University has announced the results of a study aimed at establishing the extent of non-adherence to prescribed medication within the adult population of the Heart of Birmingham teaching Primary Care Trust (HoBtPCT) within four treatment groups - dyslipidaemia, type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, and prophylaxis of thrombosis.   For the study, more than one million anonymised individual prescription issues were analysed, and just over 7,000 patient questionnaires were administered, in two mailings. Seven focus groups were conducted and a full r...
Source: NeLM - News - February 19, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Offender health care IT services operating model
Securing excellence in IT services operating model for offender health care provides a system which ensures the safe transfer of offender health IT from primary care trusts (PCTs) to the NHS CB so there is clarity for all stakeholders, safety for patients and business continuity for the NHS. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 19, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

EXCLUSIVE: NHS shake-up hampers oversight of serious incidents
Loss of staff in the current NHS reorganisation has left primary care trusts struggling to review thousands of serious incidents before their abolition in April, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 14, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Outlook for NHS and social care pessimistic as financial squeeze bites
14 Feb 2013 Pessimism is growing in the NHS and social care as local leaders respond to mounting financial pressures, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report on service performance published by The King's Fund.For the first time, the report includes a survey of directors of adult social services in English local authorities alongside its usual survey of NHS finance directors. Both surveys suggest that the financial squeeze is beginning to have an impact on quality and access to services in some parts of the country. A third of NHS finance directors report that the quality of patient care h...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - February 14, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commissioning Board publishes operating framework for dental services
From April 2013, the NHS CB will take commissioning responsibility from primary care trusts for all NHS dental services: primary, community and secondary, including dental out of hours and urgent care.   This will include commissioning dental services provided in high street dental practices, community dental services, and dental services at general hospitals and dental hospitals.   The NHS CB will commission NHS dental services based on the local oral health needs assessment which will be developed by public health teams in local authorities and will help determine the needs of local populations.  More .......
Source: NHS Networks - February 13, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Dental commissioning statistics, December 2012
These statistics show units of dental activity (UDAs) commissioned by primary care trusts in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 12, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

PCTs set up rebate deals despite DH opposition
At least 30 per cent of primary care trusts are defying the Department of Health to set up discount deals with pharmaceutical companies, an HSJ investigation has found. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 4, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

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. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 31, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commissioners have rationed cataract surgery on inferior evidence, Keogh admits
Around half of all primary care trusts have restricted access to cataract surgery, with the majority basing their decisions on inferior clinical evidence, the medical director of the NHS has told MPs. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 15, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

EXCLUSIVE: Aviva in talks with DH over LIFT fears
One of the biggest private sector lenders to NHS infrastructure projects is in discussions with the Department of Health over fears its investments are threatened by the abolition of primary care trusts, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 11, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS hospitals: new figures suggest 11 per cent increase in procedures carried out by private sector in a year
November 1, 2012: Variation between primary care trusts in percentage of work outsourced (Source: The IC : Mental Health)
Source: The IC : Mental Health - November 1, 2012 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

EPS Directions process restarting
The Department of Health has announced that the process for primary care trusts (PCTs) to apply to be listed in the Secretary of State Directions has restarted. (Source: NHS Connecting for Health)
Source: NHS Connecting for Health - July 20, 2012 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news