The local GPs, nurses and managers that 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 healthcare – 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.
NHS England highlighted the CCGs’ leadership within the local health and social care system, particularly their 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/.