Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has praised NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for its ‘excellent leadership, innovation and high performance’.

In a letter to the CCG’s clinical chief officer, Dr Tony Naughton, Mr Hunt congratulated the organisation, which buys health services for residents in the area, for achieving an ‘outstanding’ rating in its assurance assessment from NHS England.

The CCG was notified recently that it was one of just 10 CCGs out of 209 to have achieved the highest possible rating, placing it in the top five per cent nationally.

Mr Hunt said: “Commissioners play a key role in making sure that local services deliver the best possible outcomes for the population in a sustainable way. I am delighted that you and your team have risen to this challenge so effectively.

“I am particularly impressed with the way in which your GP leads play a key role both in developing the ethos of the CCG and as part of the decision making process, leading projects and providing clinical rigour in service development.”

Mr Hunt also praised the CCG’s strong engagement programme which makes sure the voice of patients is a key component of the commissioning process.

Jeremy Hunt Letter

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He said: “Your approach to public and stakeholder engagement is excellent and I particularly commend your strapline, ‘Are you in?’. I am delighted to see these strengths have enabled you to implement three new models of care this year. This puts you at the forefront of innovation.

“The background against which you have done all this is becoming more complex and challenging and NHS England is, rightly, expecting more from CCGs as they mature.

“Against this backdrop, the excellent leadership, innovation and high performance shown by you and your organisation is a credit to all of you, and sets an example to your peers.”


  • 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
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient:
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.