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Two of Lancashire’s CCGs named in the top 10 nationally

Two of Lancashire’s clinical commissioning groups have been named in the top ten nationally after achieving ‘Outstanding’ ratings.

NHS England published its annual assurance ratings for all of the 209 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across the country, which saw both East Lancashire CCG and Fylde & Wyre CCG receive the highest possible rating as two of only 10 to be rated outstanding.

Clinical commissioning groups, who are responsible for the planning and funding of health care services for their local area, and the ratings for these two in Lancashire places them in the top five per cent in the country.

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (pictured right) rating comes off the back of a number of notable achievements in the past 12 months including: receiving national HSJ awards for patient safety in the category of cancer services, winning the North West Leadership Academy recognition award for Governing Body of the Year 2015, working with patients to redesign and improve eye services with speedier referrals and improving cancer services by ensuring patients have equal access to safe, patient-centred, high quality, efficient and effective cancer services.

 NHS England paid tribute to Fylde and Wyre CCG’s leadership role in partnerships, which are introducing new care models and new technology, including the recently announced Healthy New Town at Whyndyke Farm.

The CCG was also highly commended for its strong patient and public engagement and sound financial management.

Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Officer, Sheralee Turner-Birchall, commented: “It is important that we recognise where services are performing well and this achievement clearly benefits people living in the communities in both Fylde, Wyre and East Lancashire. It is important that these organisations share best practice across the county to ensure that people in all communities in Lancashire are able to access the best possible health and care services.”

East Lancashire 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.”

Dr Tony Naughton, Fylde & Wyre CCG’s Clinical Chief Officer and a Thornton GP, said: “Our staff, practices and partners should rightfully be extremely proud of this outstanding rating which recognises their commitment over the last three years to improve the health and wellbeing of the Fylde and Wyre population.”