Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, has been rated ‘good’ in its annual assessment by NHS England.
The rating for 2016/17, which was announced today (Friday, July 21), moves the CCG up two grades from last year’s ‘inadequate’.
Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer at Medway CCG, said: “This is fantastic news for all our staff and, of course, for those using health services in the local area. We have worked extremely hard to make improvements and are delighted our efforts have been recognised. Moving up two ratings in a year is a wonderful example of how team working can make a difference and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved.”
In the annual assessment, Medway CCG was praised for the Medway and Swale Centre for Organisational Excellence (MASCOE), which is about taking a whole system approach to drive improvement, recognising in particular the work that has been undertaken in falls prevention.
Areas of strength and good practice also included putting considerable effort into primary care and developing increasingly positive relationships with partners, most notably Medway Foundation Trust and Medway Council. The CCG’s leadership was also recognised for playing an important role in leading the Sustainability and Transformation Plan thinking on local and out-of-hospital based care.
The assessment summarised ‘the CCG should be commended for the progress it has made in 2016/17,’ adding ‘the focus on improved performance in key areas needs to be sustained during 2017/18’.
Caroline Selkirk continued: “We have made considerable improvements over the last 12 months but obviously there are still challenges to overcome. We know A&E performance at Medway Maritime Hospital is an issue but the assessment noted recent signs of improvement, which we are keen to maintain. We also need to improve waiting times and the dementia diagnosis standard – but there are already plans in place to ensure we continue to make progress.”
Each CCG is measured against 60 indicators in the CCG improvement and assessment framework (CCG IAF). The CCG IAF aligns key objectives and priorities as part of NHS England’s aim to deliver the Five Year Forward View, the national strategy for the future of the NHS.
For more information on Medway Clinical Commissioning Group visit www.medwayccg.nhs.uk.
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Notes to Editors
- Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 295,223 across Medway.
- Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time.
- The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
- It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions.
- Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.