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Moving on at pace – Barbara Hakin

Preparations for the new commissioning world continue at a great pace and life seems no less hectic. Much of my time over the past few weeks has been taken up interviewing for Commissioning Support Service Managing Directors.  The successful appointees were announced last week, and we are now into a second recruitment round, which will […]

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Further CSS managing director appointed

A further commissioning support service (CSS) managing director has been appointed by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. Professor John Parkes will be Managing Director of Greater East Midlands CSS. Professor Parkes was previously Chief Executive of NHS Milton Keynes and NHS Northamptonshire PCT Cluster. At the same time the NHS CBA has confirmed that Ming […]

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Board Authority appoints first CSS managing directors and announces decision to host

The first round of appointments to commissioning support service (CSS) managing director posts has been made by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. Nine appointments have been made, while discussions are ongoing with others. The successful appointees, and their current CSSs, are: Robert Bacon – Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull Commissioning Support Service Stephen Childs – […]

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Checkpoint 2 customer survey

The report of a customer survey, which was carried out with proposed clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS commissioning support services (CSSs) has been published today. The findings show that the over 90% of proposed CCGs are very or quite confident that the arrangements they are putting in place for commissioning support will allow them […]

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Commissioning support services: Outcome of Checkpoint 2

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has today published the results of the second stage in the business review process for commissioning support services (CSSs), known as ‘Checkpoint 2’. The objective of Checkpoint 2 is to assess whether emerging CSSs are on a viable and secure path and have the ability to develop a full business […]

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CSS Managing Director recruitment process starts

The job description and online recruitment process for the NHS commissioning support service managing director posts have been published at www.cssleaders.co.uk SHA cluster chief executives are being asked to cascade this information to eligible ‘Very Senior Manager’ grade people (VSM) in the NHS and to nominate those who they feel are able to demonstrate strong […]

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Authorisation: Final draft guide published and next steps outlined

Clinical commissioning group authorisation: Draft guide for applicants has been published following its formal ratification at the Board meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHS CBA) on 13 April 2012. The guide is still formally a ‘draft’ because the authorisation regulations have yet to be passed by Parliament. As such, the final version is […]

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