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CCG receives positive rating

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated as ‘good’ for a second consecutive year, following an annual assessment by NHS England.

The annual CCG assessment for 2018/19 by NHS England assesses each CCG in the country on a number of performance-based indicators against a CCG improvement and assessment framework (CCG IAF). This CCG IAF aligns key objectives and priorities as part of their aim to deliver their Five-Year Forward View. There are four available ratings; inadequate, requires Improvement, good and outstanding, with the CCG obtaining the second highest rating ‘good’.

Mike Maguire, chief officer at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “We are pleased to see this recognition and that we have retained a ‘good’ rating. NHS England specifically commended us for maintaining this rating under the growing pressure that we find ourselves under.

“Like other CCGs and NHS organisations, we face rising costs, limited resources and high demand for services. Retaining this rating is a testament to the schemes we have developed, our vision and partnership working, and of course the hard work and determination of the team here at the CCG”.

The rating made last week praised the progress the CCG has made in areas including its excellent work around diabetes and dementia clinical indicators. For diabetic patients this involved meeting all treatment targets as set out by NICE as well as incorporating education and self-help with education courses made available for all patients living with a diagnosis. With regards to dementia indicators included diagnosis rates, care planning and ongoing support for patients.

The CCG was commended on their clear focus on Children and Young People, particularly through community-based schemes, such as their investment in an innovative fully immersive sleep therapy room at Twinkle House in Skelmersdale, which aids children who are having difficulties with their sleep; they have also encouraged paediatric services in West Lancashire to work closer with Twinkle House; support for parents/carers with children living with autism, and a full review of children’s services within primary, secondary and community care that they are in the midst of carrying out.  The CCG is currently undertaking a review of services for children and young people, which includes workshops and visioning with the third sector and patient groups, in order to identify where improvements can be made.

Another highlight within the rating is the 100 per-cent take up of the CCG’s extended GP access scheme.  Launched in 2017, the GP Extended Access scheme allows all patients in West Lancashire to access a GP in the evening and weekend’s seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all bank holidays. West Lancashire patients can access a GP at the Sandy Lane Health Centre, Ormskirk Medical Centre and Burscough Health Centre and to make an appointment, patients can call their GP receptionist and request an appointment in the evening or weekend.

The CCG has also been recognised for its good working relationships with neighbouring CCGs, local authorities and providers.  These relationships have been further strengthened through our joint work on the acute sustainability programme relating to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and also the CCG’s continued vision for joined up care, ‘Building for the Future’, which involves the third sector, social care and many other health and care colleagues.  Relationships are also particularly significant within the formation of the West Lancashire Partnership which has an out of hospital focus and is the coming together of key West Lancashire partners who will work together to address what the people of West Lancashire want and need, to improve everyone’s overall wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.

The NHS England annual assessment information is available on their website: www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/regulation/ccg-assess/iaf

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