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A to Z of modernisation

There are a number of specific phrases, concepts and new organisations associated with the modernisation of health and care but, unless you’re closely involved, it might not always be clear what they refer to. Here is an explanation of some … Continue reading

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From PCTs to GP consortia

The move from primary care trusts to GP consortia is one focus of the Guardian’s online Healthcare Network. It looks at the different experiences for consortia so far, including the issue of staff in West Cheshire, Cambridgeshire and Cumbria, and … Continue reading

Monitor appoints chair to oversee new role

Monitor has appointed a new chair to oversee its transition into the independent economic regulator of the NHS. As part of the proposals set out in the White Paper, Monitor will become the independent economic regulator of all NHS services … Continue reading

Transforming Community Services – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions have now been published which explain the issues around related transferring property to aspiring Community Foundation Trusts (CFTs). SHAs should also continue to give advice and where appropriate, approve proposals to transfer estate. Read the FAQs

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New directions for PCTs on property transactions

A letter from David Flory confirms that the Secretary of State now directs that Primary Care Trusts must not enter into any transactions involving property without the prior written consent of the Strategic Health Authority. This is to ensure that … Continue reading

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Getting real


Jim Easton talks about meeting the leaders of GP pathfinders and some great examples of innovation. Things are moving. The second reading of the Health and Social Care Bill was preceded by the Prime Minister not just making a connection … Continue reading

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Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS – Managing the transition

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has written to the chief executive community giving an update on transition arrangements with a particular focus on the new commissioning system and providing answers to some frequently asked questions on the Health and … Continue reading

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