NHS Wakefield CCG achieves top performance rating

We are outstanding.

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NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been officially recognised as ‘outstanding’ – the highest possible ranking in the annual ratings published today (Wednesday 25 November) by NHS England.

The CCG is one of just 22 CCGs nationally to be rated outstanding.

The rating is based on detailed assessment over the course of the whole year that looks at:

  • The CCG as a leader and a partner in the health and care system
  • How the CCG works with GPs and the wider public to develop services
  • Our role in supporting organisations that deliver care to be more effective and provide better quality services
  • How we make use of financial resources

NHS England noted the CCG’s achievements in all these areas, highlighting in particular improvements to health and care services for the population as a result of the CCG’s leadership.

However, this outstanding rating also recognises many improvements delivered in the preceding year which have may not have captured the public’s attention in the same way but have brought significant benefits for local people. These are just a few examples:

  • We have delivered better services for people with a learning disability: joint work between the CCG and Wakefield Council has meant people needing specialist residential care who have spent years living miles from home have been moved to supported living closer to their families; a comprehensive programme to review the care of people with a learning disability has led to major improvements and the CCG has supported work to improve specialist assessment and treatment for people and worked with GP practices to make primary care services more accessible.
  • We have reduced waiting lists and waiting times for children and young people with mental health issues or autism as a result of concerted work with partners, which means waiting lists and waiting times are far less than this time last year.
  • Working with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals, the CCG has redesigned care to reduce waits for treatment and improved the experience and quality of care for people following a stroke and for people with sepsis so both now have the top rating
  • The number of care homes rated inadequate or requires improvement has also reduced significantly as a result of proactive quality improvement work.
  • CQC ratings of all providers across the patch have improved and all of GP practices in the district are now rated good or outstanding.

We will continue to build on this collaboration to deliver our shared ambition for all people in the Wakefield district to live longer in good health.

Jo Webster, Chief Officer of the CCG said: “This is a truly amazing achievement and is a credit to all of the partners we work with in the NHS, social care and voluntary organisations,our public and patient representatives,and all of our staff whose passion and commitment to improving the health of people in this district and care services has been recognised.

“The way in which our system partners have worked together in the last few months to tackle the extreme challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic has indeed been outstanding.

“Through this we have delivered transformation on a scale that could not have imagined as a result of the strong foundations of collaborative working that we had already established in this district. This has enabled us to deliver our shared ambition to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, maintain the resilience of our health and care system and ensure capacity is prioritised for those with the greatest need. 

“Two years ago we were rated as requiring improvement because of our significant financial challenges and now we have been recognised as one of the most effective CCGs in the country.

“Our hard work doesn’t stop with this rating. We recognise that there's more work to do to continue to address health inequalities in Wakefield and to reset and stabilise the services that were affected by COVID, but we will continue to  work closely with our patients, the public and partners to make sure local people receive the best quality care and support that they can."

Clinical Chair, Dr Adam Sheppard said: “Our outstanding rating, coupled with the fact that every GP practice in the district is rated good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) means that local people can expect high quality health care and support.

“After a very tough few months, this is fantastic news for Wakefield.”

The CCG plans and buys healthcare services for 360,000 people across Wakefield district and works in partnership withGP practices, Wakefield Council, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, private providers and our local third sector.

Every year, NHS England rates the performance of clinical commissioning groups using the Oversight Framework tool. These ratings are available at