NCL LINks Update
Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP)
Good progress has been made on the NHS North Central London Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) plan 2011/12 – 2014/15. There has been close liaison with NHS London to ensure that the plan is fit for purpose and meets requirements.
A second QIPP Review date has been held and every savings proposal has been scrutinised. The draft of the QIPP was submitted to NHS London on 21st January 2011. The main areas for savings are: acute productivity, medicines management, mental health and management costs.
The Financial Recovery Board (FRB) has met again and the financial position has stabilised; although significant risks for hitting the revised 2010/11 control total remain (an unsuccessful outcome to the UCLH challenges and failure to deliver PCT savings plans). NCL met with the Challenged Trust Board and made a strong case for financial support for our 3 challenged PCTs in the north of the patch in 2010/11. We expect to hear the outcome in early February. However, the 2011/12 position starts with an underlying deficit of £59M. The draft QIPP narrows this to £15M, but again there are significant risks to achieving savings and delivering affordable contracts, and work continues on developing savings plans.
Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Review (BEH) update
The review of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy against four tests as laid down by the Secretary of State for Health in May this year, has taken another step forward as the Strategic Coordination Group (SCG) recommends to NHS London that the review has met the four tests.
Following its meeting on 30 November 2010 the SCG considered all the evidence provided by independent research organisation, UCL Partners, and agreed with the Clinical Review Panel’s conclusion that the case for change has in fact increased since 2007. For the full evidence pack can be found at: www.behfuture.nhs.uk
NHS London will now complete an assurance process and then take a decision at their Board meeting on 26th January 2011. The recommendation in the report is that the four tests have been met. Enfield Council and Nick De Bois MP are against the proposal and maintain that the 4 test are not met. They have secured a meeting with Andrew Lansley in early March. The Programme Board has an additional meeting at the end of January to consider the outcome of the NHS London Board meeting.
New Chief Executive at NHS NCL
Caroline Taylor has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for NHS North Central London, and will be taking up her new position on Monday 7th February. Rachel Tyndall who is taking up a new post at working across London responsible for the implementation of the London cancer services model to improve cancer outcomes will be leaving us on Friday 4th February.
Chief Executive to leave BCF
Averil Dongworth, Chief Executive of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals is to leave the Trust to take up the post of Chief Executive at Barking Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust in East London.
Averil Dongworth said: Making the decision to leave the Trust is one of the hardest I have ever had to take. When I took over Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust seven years ago it was a very different organisation to the one it is today. We have made great improvements in the quality of services we deliver, we can be proud of care we provide our patients and I am pleased that the Trust is now on a much more stable financial footing. I wish all our staff and users of our hospital services well for the future.
Baroness Wall of New Barnet, Chairman of the Trust added: Averil should be very proud of what she has achieved during her time at Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust. She has turned this organisation around. We have made significant improvements in the quality of care that we provide and we have achieved a financial surplus for the past two years. As a result, the Trust is in a very strong position to meet the challenges of the future and to continue to provide the highest quality care to local people. I would like to thank Averil for all her work at Barnet and Chase Farm. She will be missed by everyone and we all wish her the very best for the future.
Averil will take up her new post at Barking, Havering and Redbridge at the beginning of February. The Chairman is currently working with NHS London to appoint a new Chief Executive.
Health and Social Care Bill
The Health and Social Care Bill was introduced into Parliament on 19 January 2011. The Bill is a crucial part of the Government’s vision to modernise the NHS so that it is built around patients, led by health professionals and focused on delivering world-class healthcare outcomes.
The Bill takes forward the areas of Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (July 2010) and the subsequent Government response Liberating the NHS: legislative framework and next steps (December 2010), which require primary legislation. It also includes provision to strengthen public health services and reform the Department’s arm’s length bodies.
This Bill will be on the Order Paper for a Second Reading debate on 31 January 2011.
Sir David Nicholson to become Head of NHS Commissioning Board
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley recently announced that Sir David is the man to take on the responsibility for future changes in the NHS. The NHS Commissioning Board will support development of the new commissioning system and focus on delivering outcomes for patients that are among the best in the world.
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