The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in east and west Suffolk have been highly rated for their performance and patient care.
In the latest annual national assessments by NHS England for 2017/18, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) has been rated ‘outstanding’ and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WSCCG) has been rated ‘good’.
Dr Ed Garratt, chief officer for both CCGs, said: “This is an incredible result for the CCGs and undoubtedly gives people confidence that their local services are performing well. IESCCG has been given the very highest possible rating and WSCCG has been rated as being one of the best ‘good’ ratings in the country.
“Both CCGs have been highly praised for their ongoing work to build strong relationships with our local health and care partners, which we know are incredibly important for the future sustainability of NHS services.
“The assessments also recognise the good work we’ve been doing to carefully manage our finances and ensure that every pound we spend is used effectively.
“Individually, the CCGs have been praised for the introduction of the new Buurtzorg care model, the high levels of diabetes care and the work being done to support GP practices in the delivery of primary care.
“We are proud that health care in Suffolk is regarded as being among the best in England, although we know that more work needs to be done. A major current focus is to identify how we can improve mental health services and we are asking patients and partners how we can best do this, and I would encourage people to participate.
“Our ambition for next year is for both CCGs to be rated ‘outstanding’.”