People in Wakefield can be confident their health services are in good hands after the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was rated as ‘good’ by NHS England.
Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the clinically-led group responsible for making sure that people living in Wakefield District have the healthcare services they need at the right time, in the right place, by the right person received the rating in the annual performance assessment published today (Thursday 11 July).
The Improvement and Assessment Framework for Clinical Commissioning Groups includes ratings to show patients how their local health service is performing in a number of important areas, including efficiency, quality, partnership working and involving the public.
The CCG has been commended on the good progress it has made over the past 12 months in terms of managing its £600m budget and also in other areas of improvement including working with partners to provide community services that reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital; developing outstanding diabetes management; reducing smoking in pregnancy from 21% to 16%; achieving 34% fewer alcohol related admissions this year; and significantly reducing waiting lists for children with autism.
Over the last year the CCG has also undertaken significant work to join up health and social care with its partners, including the council, hospitals, mental health providers and community organisations – this has led to reduction in A&E attendances along with important improvements in people’s experience of care.
The CCG was rated as requiring improvement in 2017/18 because of the financial challenges it was facing. The rating of good recognises that the CCG achieved its financial plan last year and is continuing to keep its finances on track.
Dr Adam Sheppard, Chair and Clinical Leader of the CCG said:
‘The dedication of our staff, GP members and partners demonstrate our major strength. We will continue to harness their talents and expertise to enable us to make the right commissioning decisions for the people of Wakefield District so that together we improve the quality services for all patients that we all care so passionately about. I would like to thank everyone involved in getting the CCG rating to ‘good’.
Jo Webster, Chief Officer, NHS Wakefield CCG said:
‘We are delighted to have been recognised as good. This national endorsement shows that we are continuing to make improvements to care for local people.
‘It is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of CCG staff, local practices and the wider health community workforce, who work tirelessly to improve outcomes for local people.
‘However, we are not complacent, there is still much to do and our focus remains fixed on continually improving the services we deliver to our communities with our partners. We won’t rest until everyone living in Wakefield District has the best start in life; is able to age well and live a long healthy life.’
The NHS England Improvement Assessment Framework ratings for 2018/19 can be viewed at www.nhs.uk/service-search/Performance/Search