It was good to be in Fleetwood for our Governing Body meeting in July 2015.  Fleetwood has a very active primary care community with plenty of joint working  between the GP Practices. They have been successful in securing investment of £500,000 from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to deliver a more patient-centred and integrated primary care service for Fleetwood residents.

The grant will help to empower and support patients to undertake more self-care, arrange routine appointments to see a GP or practice nurse, especially at weekends, greater use of technology to communicate with patients and the introduction of a pharmacy led Minor Ailments Scheme.

The establishment of the nurse-led Rehabilitation Unit at Dock Street Fleetwood, has taken a long time to achieve but it was good to hear at our Governing Body that the remaining issues have now been resolved and the timescale for opening the Unit will be between April and June 2016.  We will continue to keep the matter under review.

The  NHS ‘Time to Deliver’ document, published in June, sets out how the NHS as a whole is expected to deliver the Five Year Forward View “at scale and pace”.  It summarises what has been achieved to date, the actions taken to support the NHS during 2015-16 and the next steps to achieve the vision for 2020. The latter emphasises the need to close three gaps in health care – the health and wellbeing gap, the care and quality gap and the funding and efficiency gap, all of which are part of this CCGs approach to commissioning.

Appraisals of Governing Body members and the staff of the CCG for 2014-15 have been completed and the outcomes presented to the Remuneration Committee.  Governing Body members and staff can point to real achievements in their roles and in overcoming specific challenges during the year.

Workload continues to grow and the CCG continues to benefit from considerable flexibility and commitment from its Governing Body and staff.  New training and development priorities have been identified and these will be addressed in 2015-16.

Recently, I had the pleasure in meeting with Dr Andrea Whitfield , Consultant in Palliative Medicine, and Associate Medical Director for leadership and engagement at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals to hear about the major programme of work she and colleagues are undertaking to improve engagement with clinical staff at BTH. It is hoped that Dr Whitfield may be able to attend one of the Governing Body development sessions later in the year and inform us about the progress with her work.

Our AGM took place on the 4 August at Thornton Little Theatre and was certainly an enjoyable event. There were almost 100 attendees on the day and feedback has been very positive overall with a few suggestions for improvements which we will incorporate in next year’s event.  As well as briefing on our Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15 ( pdf | 3.7 MB ), we published a Review of the Year 2014-15 ( pdf | 4.3 MB ).

The awards presentation was a great way to end the event – celebrating success across Fylde and Wyre.  Details of the winners and photographs are available on our website.   I look forward to next year’s awards and we will announce the deadline for nominations early in 2016.

I close this blog by welcoming the CCG’s new chief finance officer who joined us on 10 August 2015.