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Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) rated by NHS England and NHS Improvement as “good

Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) rated by NHS England and NHS Improvement as “good

Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire CCGs have both been rated by NHS England and NHS Improvement as “good” in their national annual assessment of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the year 2019/20, published today by NHS England. This follows scrutiny by the national bodies, who have a legal requirement to undertake an annual assessment of CCG performance.

The scrutiny of CCGs considers their performance, delivery of health services, outcomes or benefits to patients, and the effectiveness of the CCG’s management of their finances and leadership. It compares the activities of the CCGs against some 50 indicators in the NHS Oversight Framework and arrives at a rating of one of four overall performance categories: inadequate, requires improvement, good and outstanding. Both CCGs were previously rated as “good”.

Dr Julie Higgins, Chief Officer of Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire CCG said, “I am immensely proud that we have achieved this rating – and that we maintained our rating of “good” from the previous year. The executive team, staff, and our GP leaders have worked incredibly hard over the last year and I think this a real reflection of that hard work, undertaken with a passion for improvement, and a real commitment to the health and wellbeing of people in Pennine Lancashire. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this rating, and assure everyone – patients, partners and colleagues, that we will continue to strive hard to improve.

Our collective response to the covid pandemic, which started during this assessment period, has been extraordinary. It has been fast paced, innovative and practical. An example of what we have learned and are capable of is our GPs, working with the hospital, who have created virtual covid wards to monitor more vulnerable patients to help them avoid falling more ill and avoid admission to hospital.”

Mr Graham Burgess, Chairman of Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “I am delighted that Blackburn with Darwen CCG has achieved this rating. It is a real testament to the leadership of the CCGs, the staff involved and our partners whose support and partnership work has contributed to this rating. The publication of these ratings, at this moment in time during this ongoing covid pandemic has been a really positive bit of news. Residents in Blackburn with Darwen can be reassured and pleased that the CCG as the body responsible for commissioning (buying) NHS services has achieved such a good result”

Dr Richard Robinson, Hyndburn GP and Chairman of East Lancashire CCG said: “It has been an incredibly tough and demanding year for the public, and for GPs and CCG staff, so this rating is very welcome for everyone involved. I would like to think that this is very reassuring to East Lancashire residents and patients who receive local NHS services. It indicates that well planned, organised and high quality health services are available to meet the needs of patients in the areas served by the CCG. I am delighted that we have achieved this rating and thank everyone who has helped us achieve this”