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East Lancashire NHS commissioners officially one of only 10 out of 209 CCGs ruled “Outstanding” following year of achievements

who are we articleNHS England (NHSE) has published annual assurance ratings for all of the 209 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) across the country. East Lancashire CCG has received the highest possible rating, one of only 10 out of 209 CCGs across the country to be rated outstanding.

The ratings measure the performance of CCG’s in a number of key areas. East Lancashire CCG was rated as:

  • Organisation - Assured as Outstanding
  • Delegated Functions - Assured as Good
  • Finance - Assured as Good
  • Performance - Assured as Good
  • Planning - Assured as Good

CCG Chair and Earby GP Dr Phil Huxley said: “This is exceptionally welcome news and a reflection of the dedication and hard work put in by our staff and GP members.

“Although as commissioners we don’t run hospitals or deliver NHS services directly this is testimony that commissioning can make a real difference to patients.

“Although we are still a relatively young organisation we already have a track record that we are proud of and on which we want to build.”

Achievements in the last 12 months include:

  • This month receiving national HSJ awards for Patient Safety in the category of cancer services, for the approach to commissioning cancer services
  • Winning the North West Leadership Academy recognition award for Governing Body of the Year 2015
  • Redesigned muscles and bones (musculoskeletal) services in partnership with patients creating services closer to where people live, reducing waiting times
  • Worked with patients to redesign and improve eye services with speedier referrals and more community eye services
  • Improved cancer services by ensuring patients have equal access to safe, patient-centred, high quality, efficient and effective cancer services and created a community based cancer information service with Macmillan Cancer
  • Supported Dementia Friendly Rossendale, a group which has helped to improve awareness of dementia in the community

CCG Accountable Officer Mark Youlton said: “This has been an extremely challenging 12 months throughout the NHS, but we are pleased this is recognition that we have a strong platform on which to build further improvements for patients.

“CCGs need to take a lead to ensure all the provider organisations that make up the NHS work for local people and are an effective partnership. Our assessment recognises the way we do that.

“We are committed to achieve more in the coming 12 months and ensuring we work even more collaboratively, including patients and GP members, across the wider health and social care system.”