Blackburn with Darwen CCG has been recognised nationally for its work to transform primary care and improve access and outcomes for patients.
The CCG won the Transforming Commissioning of Primary Care at the Healthcare Transformation Awards for its new Quality and Outcomes Enhanced Services Transformation (QOEST) scheme.
The awards were hosted by NHS Clinical Commissioners and Health+Care yesterday (Wednesday) at The Crown Plaza, London Docklands.
Blackburn with Darwen CCG was recognised for its work building on the role of primary care in keeping patients well and independent. The CCG was commended on the way it pulled the local healthcare system together to transform care to become more proactive and tailored to patients’ individual needs.
The CCG’s strategy is to deliver accessible, safe, high quality care for the entire local population, including children, young people, hard to reach and vulnerable groups.
The QOEST scheme is designed to support Primary Care to transform into a sustainable, high quality provider that delivers better outcomes and improved access for patients and manages more people outside of a traditional hospital setting in a more integrated and proactive way.
The CCG has worked with its member practices to shape and develop its scheme to ensure ownership and to achieve the best possible outcomes for Primary Care.
The QOEST scheme is a 5 year scheme with the aim to improve the quality of care across the health and care system, eventually leading to a change which will facilitate a new model of care for the local health economy.
Blackburn with Darwen CCG has full delegated responsibility for commissioning primary care. This responsibility has enabled the CCG to be innovative in how general practice and the wider health economy can be commissioned and funded and has been instrumental in the development of QOEST.
Clinical Chief Officer Chris Clayton said: “Blackburn with Darwen General Practices, Public Health and neighbouring CCG have all been involved in the development of the QOEST scheme and will continue to develop this place based partnership working over the next 5 years. This collaborative working with partners will enable the development of a Primary Care Sustainable Transport Plan; the GP Federation will be working closely with the CCG and practices going forward and are positive about the outcomes that will be brought about by the scheme.
“The QOEST scheme was launched on 1st April this year and as such longer term outcomes remain to be seen. However the scheme has already realised collaboration across Blackburn with Darwen practices, who have agreed to work together and with the GP federation to create a robust plan which will deliver improved patient outcomes across the borough. “There are areas of the scheme which have already made a significant impact on patient outcomes including improved Cancer quality standards and medicines prescribing quality.”
Chair of the CCG Graham Burgess added: “Blackburn with Darwen has a long record of innovation in commissioning and this shows our determination to work in partnership and deliver improvements for residents and patients in our borough.”