CCP news

14/11/11 - CCP welcomes DH's support on patient choice

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has welcomed the Department of Health's acceptanceof its findings on ensuring patient choice in routine elective care.


Operation of 'any willing provider' for the provision of
         routine elective care under 'free choice'

14/11/11 - No waiting game for patients after DH acceptance

Patients in Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset will no longer be subject to minimum waiting times and other restrictions on their right to choose their hospital for planned operations.


NHS Wiltshire Conduct Complaint

30/09/11 - Lead commissioner's decisions impose costs on patients and taxpayers, say CCP

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has found a lead commissioner has acted in a manner that will impose material costs on patients and taxpayers. The CCP's findings follow an investigation of a conduct complaint made by Circle Health concerning restrictions on hospitals providing or seeking to provide elective care to patients in the PCT areas of Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset.


NHS Wiltshire Conduct Complaint

30/09/11 - CCP clears Oxford merger

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has cleared the proposed merger between the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust after concluding that the resulting benefits to patients outweigh any reduction in choice and competition.


Media Release (30/09/11)

12/09/11 –Frameworks for Continuing Healthcare consistent with Principles and Rules, say CCP

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has found that the framework developed by commissioners in the North West and in the East Midlands for providers of Continuing Healthcare are consistent with the Principles and Rules.


Media Release (12/09/11)

08/03/11- CCP recommends that proposed merger of mental health trusts should not proceed

In concluding its review of the proposed merger of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (Norfolk and Waveney MHFT) and Suffolk Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust (Suffolk MHT) the Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has found that that the proposed merger is not consistent with the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition (Principles and Rules).


Media Release (08/09/11)

17/12/2010 - Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) to conduct a sector review into the operation of the 'any willing provider' model of choice in elective NHS services

The CCP has been asked by the Department of Health and Monitor to conduct a study into the operation of the 'any willing provider' model of choice in acute elective NHS-funded healthcare services in the context of the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition (Principles and Rules). The CCP invites anyone interested in making a submission to do so by 31 January 2011.


Media Release (17/12/10)

19/11/2010 - Commissioning and procurement of secure mental health services by North West Specialised Commissioning Group: Investigation of a complaint by Hanover Healthcare

Following a conduct complaint submitted by Hanover Healthcare - a provider of mental health services - the CCP has found that the North West Specialised Commissioning Group's use of four year exclusive framework agreements for secure mental health services breached the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. It has invited comments on suitable remedies.


Press notice (19/11/10)

16/02/2010 - CCP's recommendations on use of consultants' non-contracted hours send a 'clear and important signal to the service' says Department of Health and Monitor

The Department of Health and Monitor have welcomed the findings of the Cooperation and Competition Panel's (CCP) study of restrictions on consultants' use of their non-contracted hours and has recommended all NHS consultants and employers take account of the report's conclusions.


Media Release (16/02/10)

11/02/2010 - Merger of Portsmouth's provider services arm and Southampton City's provider services arm

The CCP has recommended to the Department of Health that the proposed merger of Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services and Southampton Community Healthcare be allowed to proceed.


Report on Merger of Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services and Southampton Community Healthcare (11/02/10)

09/02/2010 - Merger of Bexley Care Trust with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and South London Healthcare Trust

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has recommended to the Department of Health and Monitor that the proposed mergers of one part of the Bexley Care Trust community services provider unit with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and another part with South London Healthcare Trust be allowed to proceed.


Report on the Mergers of Bexley Community Services Provider Unit with Oxleas and South London Healthcare (09/02/10)

03/02/2010 - The CCP publishes a 'Guide to the CCP' and issues a 'Progress Report' on the first anniversary of its starting work

The CCP has today published a short guide to the CCP and a progress report that describes the cases it has completed so far, what its findings have been, and what early lessons have been learnt. The guide and progress report reflect the CCP's ongoing commitment to ensuring that stakeholders are clear about what the CCP does, how the CCP does it and the ways in which parties can engage most constructively with the CCP in carrying out is work.

22/12/2009 - The CCP recommends the proposed merger of West Sussex Health and South Downs Health NHS Trust be allowed to proceed

The CCP has advised the Department of Health and South East Coast Strategic Health Authority that the proposed merger of West Sussex Health and South Downs Health NHS Trust is consistent with the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition and should be allowed to proceed.


CCP recommends the proposed merger of West Sussex Health and South Downs Health NHS Trust be allowed to proceed (22/12/09)

18/12/2009 - The CCP finds NHS Kingston's decision to deny the opening of a new branch surgery to be inconsistent with the Principles and Rules for Co-operation and Competition

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has concluded that a decision made by NHS Kingston not to allow a GP practice, Churchill Medical Centre, to provide NHS services from a new branch surgery is inconsistent with the NHS' Principles and Rules for Co-operation and Competition.


CCP Report on Churchill Medical Centre and NHS Kingston (18/12/09)

18/11/2009 - CCP Report on acquisition of Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership Trust

The Cooperation and Competition Panel has advised the Department of Health and Monitor that the proposed acquisition of Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership NHS Trust by South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is consistent with the merger provisions of the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition.


CCP Report on acquisition of Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership Trust (18/11/09)

12/10/2009 - CCP recommends proposed merger of NHS Richmond and NHS Hounslow provider services arms be allowed

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has recommended to the Department of Health that the proposed merger of NHS Richmond and NHS Hounslow provider arms be allowed to proceed but issues a warning based on its findings. The recommendation follows a review of the proposed merger under the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition.


CCP recommends proposed merger of NHS Richmond and NHS Hounslow provider services arms be allowed

24/09/09 - CCP reports on restrictions on consultants' use of their non-contracted hours

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) advises that restrictions on consultants' ability to work for other providers of NHS-funded services in their non-contracted hours will reduce patient choice, limit innovation and undermine investment at a time when the NHS is striving to deliver high quality care in more patient-centred and cost-effective ways.


CCP reports on restrictions on consultants' use of their non-contracted hours

07/08/09 - CCP finds ICO pilot to be consistent with cooperation and competition rules

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has recommended to Monitor that an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) pilot that would see City Hospitals Sunderland acquire the Church View medical practice in Sunderland be allowed to proceed.


CCP finds ICO pilot to be consistent with cooperation and competition rules

10/07/09 - Acquisition of Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership NHS Trust

The Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) has decided that the proposed acquisition of Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership NHS Trust (BLPT) by one of four shortlisted bidders meets the CCP's acceptance criteria for a merger reference. As a result, the CCP is accepting this case with its investigation starting from the date of this notice.


Acquisition of Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership NHS Trust case page

30/06/09 - CCP recommends merger of Barking & Dagenham community services and North East London Foundation Trust be allowed

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has recommended to Monitor that the proposed transfer of NHS Barking & Dagenham's community health services business to North East London Foundation Trust be allowed to proceed.


Media release [55 KB]

18/06/09 - CCP study: NHS consultants' non-contracted hours - Notice of possible recommendations

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) today published its notice of possible recommendations for the NHS consultants' non-contracted hours case.


Notice of possible recommendations [138 KB]

08/06/09 - Restrictions on consultants' non-contracted hours - CCP issues two discussion papers

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) today published two discussion papers as part of its study of restrictions on NHS consultants' ability to work for alternative providers of NHS-funded services during their non-contracted hours.


Restrictions on consultants' non-contracted hours - CCP issues two discussion papers [69 KB]

21/05/09 - Proposed transfer of Barking & Dagenham community health services to North East London Foundation Trust

NHS Barking & Dagenham is planning to transfer its community health services business to North East London Foundation Trust for a two-year period prior to the retendering of its community health services contracts.


Transfer of NHS Barking & Dagenham community health services business to North East London Foundation Trust [18 KB]

14/04/09 - Restrictions on NHS consultants' non-contracted hours

The Co-operation and Competition Panel has been asked to look at restrictions on consultants' non-contracted hours.


NHS Consultants' non-contracted hours [20 KB]

30/01/09 - Co-operation and Competition Panel begins work today

The Co-operation and Competition Panel begins its work today with a clear purpose to help ensure NHS-funded services deliver high quality care for patients and value for money for taxpayers.


CCP launch [22 KB]

27/01/09 - Co-operation and Competition Panel members announced

The full membership of the new Co-operation and Competition Panel for NHS-funded services was announced today by its Chairman, Lord Carter of Coles.


CCP panel membership announcement [28 KB]
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