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CCG rated as “good”

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated as “good” after making significant improvements to its finances, strengthening its leadership and keeping patients at the heart of everything it does.

NHS England has given the CCG the score following its annual assessment for 2017/18. The rating represents a substantial improvement for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, which was ranked as “inadequate” following last year’s assessment.

NHS England noted several areas of good practice at the CCG in its evaluation, which included:

• Continuing to keep patients at the heart of decision-making.
• Retaining a focus on improving outcomes for patients.
• Making good progress to improve finances.
• Receiving positive feedback from stakeholder organisations.
• Strengthening leadership, which has led to a variety of improvements for patients in cancer and urgent care.
• Making improvements to primary care.
• Continuing to show good management of continuing healthcare.

Chief officer Melanie Craig said: “This is fantastic news for our CCG, and a great credit to our team. They have worked incredibly hard over the past year to drive through improvements to our performance for the benefit of local people, and I am delighted that those efforts have been reflected in this year’s rating.

“I was especially pleased that NHS England identified so many areas of positive practice, especially our focus on patient outcomes and making sure we involve our patients and communities in the decisions we make when commissioning care. We will build on these strong foundations over the coming year so that we can continue to ensure the services we commission truly meet the needs of local residents.

“We will also focus on those areas where NHS England noted that improvements could still be made, which include continued delivery of our improvement plan and working closely with others within the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. We will not become complacent, and will also be working hard to continue to improve diabetes and dementia services, as well as mental health performance.”

Dr Liam Stevens, interim chairman of the CCG, said: “This assessment represents a significant turnaround in the CCG’s performance, and one of which all our staff can be proud. It is also great news for our patients as it shows we are continuing to build towards our vision of delivering better health, better care and better value.”

NHS England has published assessments for all 207 of the country’s CCGs on its website.

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published on 12/07/2018

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