The organisation that buys health services for people living in Fylde and Wyre is one of only 10 across the country to be rated ‘outstanding’ by NHS England.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group was given the highest possible rating following its annual assurance assessment. The rating places the CCG in the top five per cent of the country’s 209 CCGs.

NHS England paid particular tribute to the CCG’s leadership role in partnerships which are introducing new care models and new technology, including the recently announced Healthy New Town at Whyndyke Farm.

The CCG was also highly commended for its strong patient and public engagement and sound financial management.

Dr Tony Naughton, the CCG’s clinical chief officer and a Thornton GP, said: “Our staff, practices and partners should rightfully be extremely proud of this outstanding rating which recognises their commitment over the last three years to improve the health and wellbeing of the Fylde and Wyre population.

“Our story is one of strong clinical leadership, extensive engagement, longer term planning and innovation.”

NHS England’s assessment has rated every CCG in the country as ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ across five categories – ‘well-led organisation’, ‘delegated functions’, ‘finance’, ‘performance’ and ‘planning’.

And it was in the ‘well-led organisation’ category that the CCG performed particularly well, with assessors also paying tribute to an ‘excellent patient and public engagement mechanism’, a strong quality monitoring programme and a ‘proactive safeguarding team that monitors all providers’ of NHS services in the area.

Key strengths identified included ‘early recognition of any issues and prompt introduction’ of actions to make things better.

Assessors added: “It is clear the Governing Body is focused on quality of care. The CCG is an exemplar for primary care quality.”


Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.