NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has achieved a performance rating of “good” in the NHS England assessment of its performance for 2017/18. The CCG has also achieved the highest rating (green) for the quality of its leadership and management of its finances.
The CCG is one of 7 of the 8 CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to achieve a coveted “green” rating, including neighbouring NHS East Lancashire CCG. The rating puts NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG in a top performing group of CCGs in the country
Graham Burgess, Chair of NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said:
“I am delighted that we have achieved a “good” rating in the annual CCG performance ratings. This is testament to the hard work and efforts of CCG staff, and GP practices in Blackburn with Darwen. But this is not just about hard work it’s also about working in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, and our health service providers, as well as being more innovative to really put the patient first and make a difference to people’s lives.
“We have achieved good progress over the last year, particularly in relation to reducing the 18 week waiting time target and as such had received acknowledgement about doing this from the Secretary of State for Health at the time Jeremy Hunt. The CCG also achieved recognition for its innovative management and commissioning of non-emergency hospital health care for Blackburn with Darwen residents.
“Having ended the previous year with a financial deficit, the CCG was set the challenge to get a strong grip of our finances and make 2017/18 a year of stability and Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP). I am delighted to say that we have achieved this. It is particularly gratifying that NHS England has congratulated us on achieving this, while recognising that the CCG has continued to face pressures in demand for services, as well as financial pressures.”
NHS England also recognised that the CCG was shortlisted in the national Flu Fighter awards for its innovative communications campaign which contributed to an improved uptake of the flu vaccine in the winter months, and a Blackburn with Darwen Practice Manager obtaining the much coveted national Practice Manager of the Year Award.
The CCG was also applauded for demonstrating good partnership working particularly with Blackburn with Darwen Council, in maternity services, falls prevention, dementia care and diagnosis, and in achieving 100% coverage of GP extended access for patients in all 24 of the GP practices in Blackburn with Darwen.