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Local NHS commissioners rated ‘outstanding’

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The local GPs, nurses and managers who run the four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West were celebrating this week. All four CCGs in Berkshire West have been rated ‘outstanding’ in NHS England’s annual ratings of CCGs. Only 21 CCGs were awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for 2016-17, out of a total of 209, putting the Berkshire West CCGs in the top 10 per cent nationally.

CCGs are assessed annually on:

  • How they have improved the health of the local population - such as reducing the number of people who smoke, reducing childhood obesity and reducing falls
  • How they have improved health care - for pregnant women, people with cancer, people with dementia and people with mental health problems, for example
  • Their leadership capability
  • Financial management and securing good value for patients and the public

Locally we’re meeting the 18 weeks referral to treatment pledge, as well as reducing waits for cancer patients, and developing cardiac and talking therapies services. Our wait times in A&E at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust are amongst the best in the region as a result of strong partnership working between all parts of the health service and social services. With our partners at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we have achieved improvements in maternity care and started a new home births service. The CCGs’ rating was awarded because of this strong performance of the health care services in Berkshire West against national targets and the improvements in care that have been delivered. NHS England highlighted the CCGs’ leadership within the local health and social care system, particularly its role in bridging organisational boundaries and bringing together local authorities and health partners. NHS England recognised that the CCGs’ collaborative approach to partnership working is helping to develop and realise our vision to design and deliver high quality services to meet our community’s needs.

Cathy Winfield, Chief Officer of the Berkshire West CCGs commented: “I’m pleased there has been recognition of the performance of the four CCGs over the last year and delighted that we have been rated ‘outstanding’. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure people get the support they need for their health and wellbeing. I am confident that as our ambitious plans gather pace and become firmly embedded people will continue to benefit from improved services.”

Ratings for all 209 CCGs are published on NHS England’s website: www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/ccg-assess/.

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