“Ask for forgiveness rather than permission,” is the advice of an acute trust chief executive who has blazed a trail in acquiring GP practices with a combined list size of some 140,000.
David Loughton, chief executive of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, says the idea of vertical integration in his patch began with the securing of local community health services in 2011 and approaches from small GP practices.
NHS England and NHS Improvement published new operational planning guidance last week. It comes with a few nuggets of news and a predictable focus on headline grabbing issues around A&E and hospital finances, but what does it mean for primary care? Read PCC’s analysis.
The NHS has selected 138 entrepreneurs to design and deliver new technological solutions and innovations in healthcare. This includes the appointment of five healthcare scientists, tackling conditions including sickle cell disease and allergic reactions.
The clinical entrepreneurs programme, run by NHS England, supports NHS workers to work with leading health and technology industry experts to develop their own innovative ideas. Within the first year, clinical entrepreneurs recruited to the programme have already launched 50 start-ups, leading to the creation of 344 jobs.