East Berkshire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by NHS England.
This puts Bracknell and Ascot, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, and Slough CCGs in the top 10% in the country.
Only 21 out of 209 CCGs achieved this top rating, following an annual assessment by NHS England of 29 performance indicators, including leadership and financial management.
Dr William Tong, Clinical Chair for Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “I am proud to acknowledge receipt of the rating of ’outstanding’.
“It describes in part the value Bracknell and Ascot CCG has placed on developing and improving relationships and the way we work with our members and local stakeholders, as well as in our federation with Slough and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCGs and the Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, working towards an accountable care system.
“This has been achieved only because we work as one team of clinicians and managers in our federation of 3 CCGs. So thank you to all clinicians and managers alike.”
He added: “This ethos will allow us to break up traditional silos, making for better health and care for the people we look after.
Slough’s Clinical Commissioning Chair, Dr Jim O’Donnell, said: “We are delighted that Slough CCG’s commissioning capability and expertise has been recognised by NHS England as ‘Outstanding’.
“Every person in Slough should know that the highest quality services are being designed and procured for their use. They should know that in NHS England’s opinion we do this exceptionally well, that we are continually improving the quality of our services and that we are consulting with local people, listening to what they tell us and shaping services accordingly. We are in the top 10% of all CCGs nationally.
“There is still a great deal more to do and we cannot rest on our achievement. We have many further improvements in health and social care to achieve in the coming years and we will need the help and participation of local people to secure these. We also need everyone to develop a better capacity to self-care when they have minor illness to help ensure the NHS locally is sustainable into the future.”
These sentiments were echoed by Dr Adrian Hayter, Clinical Chair for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG: “Our teams work really hard to make a difference to patients and it is great that this can be recognised. This work started four years ago and has been a team effort between our member practices, a great shared executive team led by John Lisle and other members of the senior management team, as well as our partner CCGs, Bracknell and Ascot, and Slough.
“Our vision of ‘working together locally to deliver sustainable excellence in healthcare’ could never ring more true. We know that, in order to be effective, we have to deliver good performance and outcomes for our residents, as well as keeping a good eye on our finances and ensuring we have top-class collaborative leadership. This, combined with how we are leading our health and care system, bodes well for the future. Our real success is not what we do as an individual CCG, but in how we contribute and work as part of the Frimley Health and Care STP, plus the work we do with the Royal Borough is a very important element of how we get better health for our residents.”