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NHS East Lancashire CCG shortlisted for prestigious Health Service Journal award

NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for a top national healthcare award.

The CCG, which is responsible for planning and buying hospital and community health services in East Lancashire, is up for CCG of the Year at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards. There are more than 200 CCGs in England.

NHS East Lancashire CCG is among 10 organisations from across the country and the only CCG from Lancashire to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.  The award recognises CCGs that create opportunities and overcome challenges. In particular, the HSJ has shortlisted CCGs that are starting to build truly integrated care in their areas; and who can evidence that they have an unwavering focus on patients.

Jackie Hanson, Chief Nurse, and Deputy Chief Officer at the CCG, said:

“I am delighted and incredibly proud that East Lancashire CCG has been shortlisted for this award.   It is testament to the range and quality of work that our staff are delivering to improve services during a challenging time for the health service. It is also national recognition of the work we do with our partners, including patients who contribute their views and experiences to help us improve services.  We are very grateful to everyone who works so hard to improve the health and wellbeing of people in East Lancashire”

The CCG, which is also responsible for the care delivered to patients registered with all 57 GP practices in the area, is a key partner of Together a Healthier Future, which is a local plan to make sure that health and care services in the area meet the needs of the people who use them.

Alastair McLellan, Editor of HSJ, which is the leading trade publication for the NHS, said:

“As the NHS stands on the brink of its 70th birthday, it faces the biggest financial challenge of its lifetime. Yet despite this, and ever growing demand, it continues to innovate and excel, as the 36th HSJ Awards clearly demonstrates. The NHS has many claims to fame, and one of them is that its restless desire to improve provides the inspirational content for the world’s biggest celebration of healthcare excellence. Competition to be shortlisted has once again been fierce. Congratulations to all that have made the grade.”

The shortlisted organisations will now face a judging panel made up of senior figures from the health sector before the winners are announced on 22 November 2017.

The shortlist consists of :

  • Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Hull Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Newham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Salford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group

Mike Wedgeworth, Chairman of Healthwatch Lancashire, said:

“It is great news that East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has been shortlisted for this prestigious award with the Health Service Journal. They are a dynamic and innovating player in our county’s health and care system and we look forward to continuing to share the public’s voice with them in order to keep improving health and social care services for the people of East Lancashire.”