A statement from Dr William Tong, Chair of Governing Body and Alan Webb Accountable officer Bracknell and Ascot CCG.
The publication of the Final Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry has identified serious failings in the NHS. In response to the Francis report Bracknell and Ascot CCG is reviewing the report and its recommendations in detail. We are committed to working with all our local healthcare partners to ensure that our patients receive the most effective care possible, have a positive experience of their healthcare and are treated safely. We will continuously strive to improve the quality of services we commission through listening and responding to the views and intelligence gained from our patients, Carers and the wider community.
The NHS stepped into a new era when GPs took over responsibility for buying and paying for local healthcare services in Bracknell and Ascot on 1 April 2013.
The Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group which is led by GPs, other clinicians and lay members will plan and commission hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of local people.
The CCG is made up of 15 GP practices with a population of 135,000 patients, and has a commissioning budget of £137m in 2013/14.
Dr William Tong, the Chair of Bracknell and Ascot CCG, said: ‘We’re delighted to take on our new commissioning role to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services we buy on behalf of local people. GPs are best placed to really understand the needs of patients they care for in the local community.’
Dr William Tong said: ‘Working with our partners like local government and hospitals will be essential to ensure we buy the best care for people. We’ll also be listening and talking to patients to help us achieve our commissioning priorities. I would encourage people who want to get involved in shaping services to join a patient participation group at their local GP practice – your views will be listened to by the CCG.’
Bracknell and Ascot CCG was authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board in February this year to take on its new commissioning role after a rigorous assessment. The CCG has replaced NHS Berkshire East Primary Care Trust.
Across England, 211 CCGs have become commissioners of healthcare services and are responsible for a total budget of £65billion – there are seven CCGs in Berkshire.