Dr Tony Naughton is the clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group. He is also a practising GP at The Thornton Practice.

It seems only fitting that as I come to write my first in what will be a monthly blog, I have the pleasure of reflecting on our recent success in our annual assurance assessment.

NHS England rated our organisation as outstanding – one of only 10 in the country to receive the highest possible rating – and I have to say reaching such a high standard has been an enormous team effort.

Although we were particularly successful in the ‘well-led organisation’ category of the assurance scoring system, we were given this as an organisation and not just as a leadership team.

If it was not for the effort of everyone who works with and for the CCG, we would not have had this rating.

We mainly received praise from NHS England for our excellent engagement – and our public engagement team deserves a big pat on the back – and leadership.

But it is important to remember we would not have achieved this without all the partners we work with and the enthusiasm of the local authorities and voluntary sector organisations which have always been keen to work with us.

And of course I must also recognise the commissioning team and the whole body of staff at the CCG. We are working on stuff that has not been done before and the whole team is designing and implementing services that have never been delivered before.

I pay tribute to the energy, enthusiasm, innovation and sheer hard work of all our team. They make my job so much easier.

We have been in existence since 2013 and we have deliberately taken a long-term view of people’s health needs and have been busy designing services around what their needs will be in the future.

Just like when you start building a house and nobody can see all the bits that go underground, the gas supply, water pipes, etc, we have been busy laying the foundations here at the CCG.

Then the walls and physical structure start to go up and everyone can see the hard work that is happening and soon people will start to see significant changes to the way services are delivered in Fylde and Wyre.

We are coming to a really exciting time when we should start to see new services that will much more effectively meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our area.